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9:55 AM ET, May 29, 2019


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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Meredith has sold the Sports Illustrated IP rights to Authentic Brands for $110M, will pay a licensing fee to run editorial operations for at least two years  —  Sports Illustrated over the decades has chronicled stellar match-ups, blow-outs, squeakers, sudden deaths and photo finishes.
Li Jin / Andreessen Horowitz:
The state of the podcasting industry in 2019, including key trends and monetization strategies of audio apps in China  —  In the world of podcasting, the flywheel is spinning: new technologies including AirPods, connected cars, and smart speakers have made it much easier for consumers to listen …
Netflix says it would reconsider its investment in Georgia, where film production costs are low, if the state's anti-abortion law goes into effect  —  Many of Hollywood's most powerful content companies have maintained a deafening silence on the raging abortion legislation debate that's sweeping …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Four German publishing groups, Axel Springer, Funke Mediengruppe, RTL, and Gruner+Jahr, will sell their combined ad inventory in an effort to combat Big Tech  —  Four big German publishing groups are collaborating in order to fight the market power of tech platforms.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's The Times and Sunday Times say the number of subscription cancellations fell by 49% among users receiving AI-created tailored email newsletters  —  Digital subscriber cancellations at the Times and Sunday Times fell by half during a trial of new artificial intelligence software …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Memo: TruTV lays off programming and marketing staff as it is consolidated with WarnerMedia's TBS and TNT; source: less than 50 are affected  —  TruTV has laid off most of its programming and marketing staffers as oversight of the WarnerMedia cabler is consolidated into the broader Turner entertainment group.
Yelena Dzhanova / New York Magazine:
Naomi Wolf cites a known internet hoaxer after BBC Radio's Matthew Sweet uncovers a serious flaw in her forthcoming book, Outrages  —  In the pantheon of nightmares, somewhere between “falling into an endless pit” and “back at high school but naked” is “going on national radio and learning …
Glenn Greenwald / Washington Post:
By indicting Assange and arguing the First Amendment only applies to designated journalists, the Trump admin created a blueprint for criminalizing journalism  —  The First Amendment is meaningless if it only protects people the government recognizes as journalists
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Cate Cadell / Reuters:
As the Tiananmen anniversary nears, censorship by Chinese internet companies has ramped up and is largely automated with AI and voice and image recognition tech
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
eMarketer: Facebook users in the US spent an average of 38 minutes per day on the platform in 2018, down from 41 minutes per day in 2017
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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Questions linger about the police raid on San Francisco freelancer Bryan Carmody, and a full, independent investigation is needed
Zachary Stauffer / The Atlantic:
FOIA documents, obtained by documentary producer investigating the death of a US Navy pilot, show resistance to critical reporting even when safety is at stake