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2:40 PM ET, June 1, 2018


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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook to shut down Trending and is testing new features like a breaking news label for publishers, a Today In section, and a News Video in Watch section  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify updates its hateful content and conduct policy, says it will no longer use the provision that led to removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists  —  Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service …
Rebecca Keegan / Vanity Fair:
Columnist Nikki Finke plans to return to the web, first by tweeting election commentary before launching a new politics focused website  —  The once feared Hollywood columnist is training her eye on politics.  —  Like many Democrats, Nikki Finke spent Election Night 2016 in an emotional fetal position.
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Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Roseanne's comments received 16 times the coverage of a new study that estimates Hurricane Maria toll at ~4,654 deaths, a neglect symptomatic of systemic racism  —  For those who argue that the media has misplaced priorities when it comes to coverage choices, this week has provided a case study to support their position.
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 …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Fandango and Comcast launch a new voice integration for Xfinity X1 users that lets them purchase tickets from their TV while watching a movie preview  —  Advance tickets for Universal's June 22 release Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom went on sale today and at the same time Fandango …
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Chris York / HuffPost UK:
Chinese state-backed TV broadcaster, China Global Television Network, to launch a newsroom with up to 50 journalists in the UK for a full-scale news operation
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
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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