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7:55 AM ET, June 3, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
Tom Stites / Poynter:
UNC to launch a searchable database of newspapers and online news sites in late June to track the spread of news deserts; study to be published in September  —  The data will be available in late June and the latest study will be shared online when it's published in September.
Samm Farai Monro / Nieman Lab:
Samm Farai Monro of Zimbabwe's Zambezi News discusses satirizing Robert Mugabe's regime, state-controlled TV, and how the internet has helped with distribution  —  “On the one hand, we know that quite a few government ministers actually watch our stuff....So these dudes, they do watch it …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Delivering exclusive or early access podcasts is expensive, labor-intensive, or leaky as dominant platforms by Apple and Google don't support paywalling content  —  In theory, premium podcasts should be a great tool for publishers that want to retain and grow their subscriber bases.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Bill Grueskin, Felix Salmon, and Alexandria Neason reconsider the age-old question of whether we need journalism schools; all say high costs must be weighed  —  One of the things we teach in journalism school is the need to scrutinize your sources' motives.  Why are these people talking to you?
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 …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK trade body AOP data found 29.9% of ad impressions on desktop blocked, down from 31.7% at mid-2016 high, calculating a nearly £14M revenue loss over 12 months  —  The General Data Protection Regulation may have usurped the threat of ad blocking in alarming media headlines lately …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
In countries without press freedom, fact-checking efforts are stymied by distrust of fact-checkers living abroad, small audiences, lack of access to information  —  TORONTO — When he talks about fact-checking, Farhad Souzanchi alternates between a stony face and wide grin.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is working on a new ad network for app promotion, in talks with Snap, Pinterest, others to distribute its search ads for apps  —  Increasing ad sales could help offset slowing iPhone growth, but effort would face stiff competition from Google and Facebook
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will make it possible for advertisers to show promoted videos that take up the width of the screen  —  Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook's new promoted content rules block some ads from Vice, Newsmax, others, classifying ads as political and requiring advertiser verification via mail  —  'Everything we've tried to do in the past couple days has just been shut down,' says one publisher
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Netflix sues Relativity Media, claiming Relativity failed to deliver a required number of releases in 2017 and breached an exclusivity deal
Steve Smith / Folio:
Magazines like The New Yorker and The Economist develop apps to give users a more curated experience, to increase retention without overwhelming the reader
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Wikia, co-founded by Jimmy Wales in 2004 and now best known for its Fandom platform, raises $106M in new equity funding, SEC filing shows
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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
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
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