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12:05 PM ET, May 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Apple Music now has over 50M users including paid members and trials, Tim Cook says in wide-ranging interview  —  In a wide-ranging interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook divulged Apple Music subscriber numbers, and said that a strong push into television and movies is underway.
Discussion: The FADER, Bloomberg, RAIN News and 9to5Mac
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The Associated Press is launching AP VoteCast, a new way of measuring exit polls abandoning traditional methods, in partnership with Fox News  —  The Associated Press unveiled a new project Tuesday to supplant traditional exit polling — beginning with the 2018 midterm elections.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @michaelgmiller
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
The Los Angeles Times suspends Jonathan Kaiman, its Beijing bureau chief, after accusations of sexual misconduct from two women, a journalist and a law student  —  The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday that it was suspending Jonathan Kaiman, its Beijing bureau chief, amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Time Inc.'s TV production arm, Time Inc. Productions, has rebranded as Four M Studios and is partnering with Freeform to develop scripted movies  —  Months after its $1.85 billion acquisition of Time Inc.'s stable of magazines, media conglom Meredith is ready to make its mark on the company's TV production arm.
Kate Erbland / IndieWire:
Sky and HBO to broadcast “The Case Against Adnan Syed”, a four-hour long documentary series, directed by Amy Berg and based on the 2014 podcast Serial  —  Berg has been working on the series since 2015, which promises “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case.”
Discussion: Deadline and NME
Libby Watson / Splinter:
The Hill posted an op-ed from a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia without disclosing the tie at first, echoing the way it treated a 2016 post by Michael Flynn on Turkey  —  Norm Coleman might be vaguely familiar to you as a former senator from Minnesota and the guy whom Al Franken narrowly defeated in 2008 …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal are launching Far & Away, a print magazine for business travelers; first issue will be bundled with May 19 WSJ  —  National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to launch Far & Away, a print magazine for business travelers …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Nick Statt / The Verge:
The new AI-powered Google News app is now available on iOS replacing the Google Play Newsstand app  —  Google said last week at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple's App Store some time in the next seven days.
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The New York Times Company:
The New York Times has created a political investigations unit and has appointed Pulitzer-prize winning Editor Paul Fishleder to lead it
Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pittsburgh City Paper editor says he was fired after being told he could no longer write about a GOP state lawmaker, who was a client of paper's parent company
 Earlier Picks: 
Sam Forsdick / Press Gazette:
Guardian adds a premier tier to its app for £5.99/month, giving readers a rolling live feed of news and updates, a Discover page to surface longer pieces, more
Discussion: The Guardian
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Consolidation of newsrooms by companies that own multiple TV stations in one market is creating uniformity of coverage, lessening watchdog power of local media
Paul Boyle / News Media Alliance:
Bipartisan group of ten senators debut PRINT act, to try to suspend new tariffs being imposed on US news industry's main source of paper, which is from Canada
New York Times:
Tom Wolfe, the journalist and author who helped create the 1960s movement known as “The New Journalism”, has died at age 88