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7:15 AM ET, May 21, 2019

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets  —  - ByteDance plans to target listeners in emerging markets  — Company has already secured rights from Indian record labels
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News host Pete Hegseth had multiple private conversations with Trump since January, asking him to pardon US servicemen convicted of war crimes  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S …
Abbey Crain / al.com:
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Snap says it has appointed Derek Andersen, its VP of finance, as CFO, and Lara Sweet, its chief accounting officer and interim CFO, as chief people officer  —  Snap has opted to promote two executives internally to its finance and human resources chief roles, as part of a management overhaul …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Analysis of 36 fact-checking outlets finds gender disparity similar to newsrooms: 41% of fact-checkers are women, 71% of fact-checking sites are run by men  —  Independent fact-checkers are the first line of defense against misinformation.  —  They debunk fake news stories …
Discussion: @brooklynmarie
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Salon's new owner, Chris Richmond, says profitability will be achieved through improved tech, operations, and better ad rates, not job cuts  —  Salon's new owners say they see an easy path to profits for the troubled news publisher.  —  On May 8, Salon Media Group disclosed in a filing …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News hires Chris Berend, head of digital video at CNN, as executive vice president of NBC News Digital, replacing Nick Ascheim  —  Chris Berend, an executive who has been overseeing digital video for CNN and helped launch Great Big Story, a streaming-video site aimed at younger audiences …
Discussion: MediaPost and TVNewser
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency  —  The lawsuit could be a turning point for e-sports organizations  —  A new lawsuit filed against Faze Clan …
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio to adapt the company's video game catalog for film and television  —  PlayStation Productions, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by SIE chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden …
Eric Johnson / Vox:
Hulu CEO Randy Freer says ~60% of users still come on board for its ad-supported service, but Hulu plans to start promoting its more expensive ad-free version  —  The more expensive Hulu No Commercials plan was announced in 2015, and almost four years later, the company is finally ready to start advertising that it exists.
Discussion: The Streamable
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Michael Finch II / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy, publisher of 30 daily newspapers, posts $42M loss in Q1; advertising revenue declined 15% YoY to $85M, digital-only subscribers increased 60% to 179K  —  McClatchy's losses widened in the first quarter, the company reported Thursday, while seeing growth in its digital subscription efforts.
 
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Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Interview with French entrepreneur Gilles Raymond, who founded The Signals Network, a non-profit that helps whistleblowers come forward
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
A popular free to play game on the Apple and Google app stores included a mission, removed following publication, that asked players to gun down a journalist
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Anime streaming service Crunchyroll says it is looking to expand beyond the US, breaking into Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
China-based NetEase announces a partnership with Marvel to develop new original content, for China and elsewhere, including TV shows and games
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
A look at the multi-pronged, cross-sector approach Finland is taking to successfully fight misinformation campaigns and fake news
Cal Newport / New Yorker:
The IndieWeb, a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians, aims to create alternatives to mass social media via projects like Micro.blog and Mastodon