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5:00 AM ET, May 31, 2018


 Top News: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Committee to Protect Journalists expresses relief Arkady Babchenko is alive, calls on Ukrainian officials to say why they used extreme tactic of staging murder  —  Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital yesterday, has appeared alive at a televised news conference in Kiev.
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.
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”
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.
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 …
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  —  - Japan millennial made newsroom using artificial intelligence  — NewsDigest is one of most popular news apps in Japan
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu CEO says its internet pay-TV service Hulu With Live TV has signed up 800K subscribers since its launch over a year ago  —  Hulu, in a little over a year since launching its $40 monthly internet-streaming “skinny bundle,” has signed up 800,000 customers for the service, according to CEO Randy Freer.
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.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
The Village Voice Editor-in-Chief Stephen Mooallem quietly left the company in March, leaving a four-person editorial team  —  The Village Voice Editor-in-Chief Stephen Mooallem has quietly left the company, The Post has learned.  —  The former executive editor of Harper's Bazaar …
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  —  Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted his company fumbled the deployment of a new content policy that sparked considerable controversy within the music industry.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Apple launches an internal unit focused on global music publishing and names iTunes veteran Elena Segal as its director  —  Apple has launched a new internal division dedicated to music publishing, MBW understands, led by respected exec Elena Segal.
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Broadway World:
HBO will broadcast a documentary on Theranos and its CEO Elizabeth Holmes, directed by Alex Gibney
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
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
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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
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
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
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”