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12:35 PM ET, June 18, 2018

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Katherine Maher / WIRED UK:
As tech firms like Facebook and Google lean more on Wikipedia to fight disinformation, Wikimedia Foundation says they should do more to support the site  —  If big tech companies are going to use Wikipedia as a resource, they should better support its important work, says the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation
Patrick Soon-Shiong / Los Angeles Times:
A copy of the letter to readers from new LA Times owner Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong that appeared in Sunday's paper and the San Diego Union-Tribune  —  Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong will become the new owner of the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday, when the sale is expected to be finalized.
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc's sale of Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to Patrick Soon-Shiong closes Monday after long negotiations over service agreements
Robert Feder:
Chicago Sun-Times sells alt-weekly The Chicago Reader to group led by Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the African-American Chicago Crusader  —  The Chicago Reader, the city's leading alternative weekly for 47 years, has been sold to a group led by Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the African-American Chicago Crusader.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: Tronc is in talks about selling nine of its properties, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Baltimore Sun  —  What will happen to the price of Tronc shares as investors, a good number of speculators among them, assess the post-L.A. Times value …
Discussion: @newsbyschmidt
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Indian police have linked dozens of murders and serious assaults to fake news being spread via WhatsApp  —  App blamed for circulating false information in India, Brazil, Kenya and now the UK  —  Abijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were driving back from a visit to a waterfall in the Indian province …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Amazon's Prime Video streaming service criticized for selling films by conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and David Icke  —  If this persists, please email our dedicated team at digitalservices@telegraph.co.uk  —  Amazon's television service is showing films by prominent conspiracy theorists claiming …
Discussion: Mashable, Fast Company, Engadget and Gizmodo
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YouTube Music and YouTube Premium launch in 12 new markets, including Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, and Russia  —  YouTube today expanded YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to the services' first new markets since they officially debuted last month.  —  The Google-owned video-streaming …
Discussion: Variety, YouTube Blog and Thurrott.com
 
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Variety:
Rolling Stone promotes Jason Fine to editor, in advance of the relaunch of its magazine, website, and live events business in July
Anna Marum / Columbia Journalism Review:
For Oregon government coverage, smaller newsrooms mean more reliance on AP, fewer daily updates on bills, and less frequent but more in-depth original reporting
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