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8:40 AM ET, May 14, 2019


 Top News: 
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Quartz launched a metered paywall last week, now requires a $15/month or $100/year membership for unlimited access to all of its stories  —  At its debut nearly seven years ago, Quartz's model was to be everywhere — not behind a paywall, not locked inside a mobile app, ready to build an audience through social sharing.
Survey of 240 companies: 46% spent less on YouTube and more on TV networks' online services, including their YouTube channels, in Q1 2019 than in Q1 2018  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three years ago, the beginning of the end of the U.S. television business looked certain …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Discovery to buy Golf Digest from Condé Nast for $30M; W and Brides remain for sale  —  Discovery is buying Golf Digest from Condé Nast for an estimated $30 million, expanding its reach beyond its golf-streaming sweet spot, according to sources close to the situation.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple updates iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs with its new TV app with Apple TV Channels, which offers customers subscription access to premium networks like HBO  —  KEY POINTS  — It's available through an update to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV and exists inside the new TV app.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook raises pay for content moderation contractors to $22/hr in SF, NYC, DC; $20/hr in Seattle; and $18/hr in other metros; says minimum wage is not enough  —  Social-media giant says current minimum wage isn't enough in expensive areas such as Silicon Valley
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Federal appeals court ruled against Georgia in suit vs Public.Resource.Org for publishing copyrighted legal materials; both parties ask Supreme Court to step in  —  WASHINGTON — Carl Malamud believes in open access to government records, and he has spent more than a decade putting them online.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches Soundtrap for Storytellers, a cloud-based podcast creation platform with advanced features, for $14.99 per month  —  In November 2017, Spotify picked up the online music studio Soundtrap as part of its efforts to offer more services to artists on its platform.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
How the Taliban's media operation gets its message out quickly through social channels and other avenues, asking fighters to double as reporters  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's chief spokesman and editor-in-chief of the insurgent group's daily news bulletin …
Discussion: @ahmadshuja and @rupertstone83
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcast analytics company Chartable launches SmartLinks, which uses trackable URLs and cookies to let creators know how listeners found their podcasts  —  How effective are links to podcasts in driving listeners?  —  A recently launched podcast analytics company is debuting its newest product today …
Discussion: @ashleyrcarman
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's pejorative nicknames, often repeated by the media with amusement, have the power to set the narrative around Trump's political opponents
Amy Qin / New York Times:
A look at China's Gushi FM, a storytelling podcast with ~600K listeners, which presents the reality of everyday life and has mostly managed to evade censorship
Turkish journalist Yavuz Selim Demirag, an outspoken critic of President Erdogan, was beaten by assailants with baseball bats after a TV appearance
ITV suspends recording and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle show after a guest died shortly after filming, and is conducting a review into the episode
Karla Adam / Washington Post:
Sweden reopens rape case against WikiLeaks' Julian Assange after discontinuing the investigation in 2017, seeks extradition
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Bryan Carmody says SF police raided his home and office instead of targeting other media because he is a freelancer; lawyer: police should have used a subpoena