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2:30 AM ET, May 10, 2019

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Conan O'Brien / Variety:
Conan O'Brien, accused of stealing jokes from Robert Kaseberg's Twitter account and blog, says he stands by his writers but settled to avoid an expensive trial  —  “Conan” host Conan O'Brien was sued in July 2015 by Robert Alexander Kaseberg, who accused O'Brien and others on the TBS show …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Corporation COO says the company has no plans to launch direct-to-consumer services beyond FoxNation; Lachlan Murdoch says Fox won't reunite with News Corp  —  The company, slimmed down following the Murdochs' sale of large parts of 21st Century Fox to Disney, holds an investor day to share …
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Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute for Journalism survey finds that the average price for paywalled news is about €14.09 per month in six European countries and the US  —  Where we saw little to no change was among broadcasters and digital-born news outlets.  Just as in 2017, all broadcasters …
Greg Dool / Folio:
Penske Media confirms that Rolling Stone and Andrew Budkofsky, publisher and chief revenue officer, “have agreed on a mutual separation”  —  A rep for Penske Media calls it “a mutual separation.”  —  Publisher and chief revenue officer Andrew Budkofsky is out at Rolling Stone …
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Estizer Smith / Democracy Fund:
Democracy Fund announces a new fund to support university legal clinics that focus on defending the First Amendment, media access, and transparency  —  Most of the coverage of struggles in local news has focused on their revenue and changing business model.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Former government analyst Daniel Hale is charged with leaking info on drone warfare, apparently to The Intercept, the third Intercept source charged under Trump  —  A former government intelligence analyst has been charged in Alexandria federal court with leaking classified information on drone warfare to a reporter.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instagram says it will begin hiding search results for hashtags that consistently return false vaccine information, plans a pop-up to link to high-quality info  —  The company says it will use machine learning to identify where misinformation shows up most  —  Instagram will begin hiding …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix acquires children's media brand StoryBots, its third-ever acquisition, from the founders of JibJab Media for an undisclosed sum  —  Netflix announced that it has acquired StoryBots, the children's media brand created by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, the founders of JibJab Media.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Association of Online Publishers says the average UK publisher is losing nearly £950K per year in revenue due to ad blocking  —  U.K. publishers continue to hemorrhage revenue to ad blocking, despite the fact that ad blocking rate growth has steadied, according to a report …
 
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Media Matters for America:
Media Matters study: only three of 26 prime-time news shows aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox on May 6 covered the UN's biodiversity assessment
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
In earnings call, Bob Iger confirms that Disney has had talks with Comcast about buying the latter's 30% stake in Hulu
Business Wire:
NYT Q1: net income up 37.6% YoY to $30.1M on revenue of $439M with 223K new digital-only subscriptions, for a total of 4.5M subscribers
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The White House has set a difficult-to-meet standard for media “hard pass” credentials but granted exceptions; it refused an exception for WaPo's Dana Milbank
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney discloses a $353M writedown on its ownership stake in Vice Media, following its $157M writedown in November