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3:10 PM ET, May 29, 2019

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Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco police obtained search warrants targeting journalist Bryan Carmody's phone records before their raid on his home and office  —  San Francisco police executed seven search warrants as they tried to find out who leaked a police report to a freelance journalist …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Matthew Wall / BBC:
Since GDPR, Ireland's Data Protection Commission says it has launched 19 cross-border investigations, 11 of which focus on Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram  —  Social media giant Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp have been the subject of most data investigations in the Republic …
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.
David Uberti / VICE News:
Researchers say Facebook has weakened or disabled tools they use to track political ads and content on the platform, just as 2020 campaigns ramp up ad spending  —  The Iowa caucuses are still eight months away, but the Facebook primary has already begun.  —  President Donald Trump has poured …
Aaron Kirchfeld / Bloomberg:
Source: KKR is in talks with the founding family of Axel Springer SE, publisher of Bild, about a potential bid to take the publisher private  —  - Offer from family, buyout firm could be made in coming weeks  —  KKR & Co. is in talks with Axel Springer SE's founding family about a potential bid …
 
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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Kik and Facebook, which are building their own blockchain tech, could finally make micropayments to access single articles behind paywalls a reality
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
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
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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
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