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11:00 PM ET, May 31, 2018


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Pew Research Center:
Pew Research study of US teen internet usage finds 85% say they use YouTube, 72% use Instagram, 69% use Snapchat, while only 51% say they use Facebook  —  YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens.  Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Internet pay-TV service Philo adds Cheddar Big News, Tastemade, and PeopleTV channels to its base package  —  It's a trend: Philo is the latest internet pay-TV service to plug linear channels from digital-media companies into its low-cost “skinny” bundles.  —  Philo, whose backers include …
Discussion: Multichannel News and FierceCable
Tim Mak / NPR:
Reporter Tim Mak posts audio of 2015 legal threats from Michael Cohen: “Tread very fucking lightly” and “I will take you for every penny you still don't have”  —  Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is facing legal peril, including an FBI raid of his home and office …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Once Tronc closes on LA Times sale, sources say clean balance sheet could make Tronc a takeover target; filing says five execs could get $23.5M if Tronc is sold  —  For a company that's known little but chaos in its short life, the degree of uncertainty is now as high as ever.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
DoubleClick announces advertisers can now buy ad inventory programmatically from Google Play Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, TuneIn, and soon Pandora  —  Advertisers can buy digital audio ad inventory programmatically on Spotify, TuneIn, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
The staged murder of Babchenko did serious damage to journalism when it's already under attack by rulers who increasingly call investigations “fake news”  —  MOSCOW — The heartbreaking “assassination” of Arkady Babchenko — in fact a sting set up by the Ukrainian Security Service …
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
How Sinclair will keep some control of four TV stations it plans to sell after Tribune deal; ex-FCC chair Tom Wheeler says “it borders on a regulatory fraud”  —  Sinclair makes side deals that could place Republican-leaning programming on stations it won't own.
Rebecca Stewart / The Drum:
The Evening Standard denies allegations of payment in exchange for favorable coverage of brands like Uber, saying that all commercial content will be labeled  —  The Evening Standard (ES) has explicitly denied allegations that it has accepted millions of pounds from brands like Uber in return for …
Rich Woods / Neowin:
Microsoft retiring Groove Music apps for iOS and Android on December 1; if installed, apps will stop working; PC, Xbox, and Windows Phone apps will still work  —  At the end of last year, Microsoft killed off its Groove Music Pass service.  The Groove apps themselves continues to function …
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Chantal Fernandez / The Business of Fashion:
Sources: eight staffers are leaving American Vogue as part of the ongoing cuts at Condé Nast
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov says Apple has been rejecting its app updates globally since Russia banned Telegram in April
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Shoko Oda / Bloomberg:
Profile of NewsDigest, a popular news app in Japan, which employs no journalists and generates stories using a combination of AI and social media
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
CEO Daniel Ek talks about Spotify's content policy, its direct-listing IPO, and removing R. Kelly's music from its playlists, at Code Conference