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6:30 PM ET, May 30, 2018

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BBC:
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, widely reported to have been assassinated in Kiev on Tuesday, appeared at a Ukrainian press conference on Wednesday  —  Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, widely reported to have been assassinated in Kiev on Tuesday, is alive and well.
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Reporters Without Borders:
Reporters Without Borders condemns faking of Babchenko's murder: “It was distressing and regrettable that the Security Service of Ukraine played with the truth”  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the distressing simulation …
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Martin Sorrell has purchased a 75% stake in Derriston Capital, to be renamed S4 Capital, with the aim of building a next-generation WPP  —  Former boss of world's biggest advertising group reveals he is already in takeover talks  —  Sir Martin Sorrell has revealed he is in takeover talks …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Meeker's annual chart comparing time spent and ad spending shows rapid drop in print ads and continued mobile growth, nearing the time and money spent on TV  —  Since 2011, the share of Americans' media consumption that happens in print has dropped about 40 percent.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus rolls out Oculus Venues, its platform for watching live sporting events, concerts, and other media in VR, with partners including Lionsgate and MLB  —  Oculus wants VR to bring its users into magical worlds dreamed up by game developers, but the company also needs people to see the headset …
Brent Lang / Variety:
MoviePass parent company CEO says it has acquired the exclusive option to purchase production company Emmett Furla Oasis Films  —  Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, has acquired the exclusive option to buy Emmett Furla Oasis Films, the producers of “Lone Survivor” and “End of Watch,” Variety has learned.
Discussion: /Film, The Playlist and TechCrunch
Terri Walter / Chartbeat Blog:
Direct mobile traffic to publisher sites surpasses referral traffic from Facebook, including desktop and mobile, for the first time  —  New data shows that for the first time, mobile direct-to-site traffic has surpassed Facebook.  Could this mean that mobile does not equal social after all?
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Univision formally names Vincent Sadusky to succeed Randy Falco as chief executive officer; Sadusky starts on Friday  —  Univision Communications Inc. announced on Wednesday that Vincent Sadusky will be its next chief executive officer, taking over the Spanish-language media giant as it grapples with difficult times.
James Cusick / openDemocracy:
Sources: London Evening Standard strikes a £3M deal with six companies including Uber and Google that erases divide between news and advertising  —  London's Evening Standard newspaper, edited by the former chancellor George Osborne, has agreed a £3 million deal …
Doreen St. Félix / New Yorker:
Artist and journalist Alexandra Bell critiques racism in journalism by editing NYT stories and posting enlarged copies of the articles around New York City  —  The artist and journalist Alexandra Bell has long been a scrutinizing reader of news media.  As a young child in Chicago …
 
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Broadway World:
HBO will broadcast a documentary on Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes, directed by Alex Gibney
Discussion: Deadline
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Lionsgate acquires a majority stake in 3 Arts Entertainment, the TV and film production company behind hits like “30 Rock” and “Silicon Valley”
Discussion: Variety
Didit:
Gawker selects marketing and communications firm Didit as its stalking horse bidder, with a bid of $1,131,600
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
WSJ reporter John Carreyrou says Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes asked Rupert Murdoch to kill WSJ investigation into the company but Murdoch refused
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
21st Century Fox intends to convene a July 10 investor meeting to vote on $52.4B agreement to sell assets like FX and its movie studio to Disney
Robbie Gonzalez / Wired:
Facebook will give researchers encrypted laptops to access Facebook's data and publish findings without pre-approval, in push to prevent abuse during elections
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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
As Elon Musk feuds with media, a look back at the late 1990s, when he helped found Zip2 to assist newspapers with digital listings and netted $22M from its sale
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Axel Springer open sources its GDPR consent management tools, which can be adapted to address cookie-consent requirements under pending ePrivacy regulations
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Washington Post offers a $90/year “premium EU subscription” with no ads and no data tracking to EU visitors in the wake of GDPR; a basic sub costs $60/year
Discussion: New York Times
Manish Singh:
Star India's streaming service Hotstar claims it set new global record for a live event by drawing 10M+ concurrent viewers during IPL cricket tournament final
Discussion: VideoInk
Ben Detrick / The Ringer:
Philadelphia 76ers exec Bryan Colangelo has been secretly using five Twitter accounts to criticize players, disclose sensitive info, and share team strategy
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
ABC cancels hit sitcom Roseanne after racist tweet from star Roseanne Barr; ABC says tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”