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10:50 AM ET, May 30, 2019


 Top News: 
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Critics slammed Facebook and Twitter for hosting a doctored video of Pelosi, but many overlooked Fox News, which smeared Pelosi via a separate video montage  —  Novel forms of digital misinformation still pale in comparison with Fox News' full-time hall of mirrors.
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Disney's Bob Iger said it would be difficult to film in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect: “Many people who work for us will not want to work there”  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger told Reuters on Wednesday it would be “very difficult” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu says 70% of its 82M viewers are on the $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan, which generated $1.5B in ad revenue in 2018  —  Hulu sells an ad-free version of its streaming service, just like Netflix.  But the majority of Hulu subscribers are on the $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan …
Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde says the company is looking into how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform to determine if they should be banned  —  “Is it the right approach to deplatform these individuals?  Is the right approach to try and engage with these individuals?
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
DMGT's Mail Online revenue reached £76M in H1 2019, up 25% YoY; Mail and Metro titles combined report revenue of £343M in H1, up 3% YoY, with profit of £39M  —  Double-digit revenue growth at Mail Online has helped offset falling print revenues at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday …
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: Viacom and CBS boards to begin merger talks mid-June with Viacom CEO Bob Bakish expected to run the combined entity  —  KEY POINTS  —  CBS board is preparing for talks with Viacom, sources say  —  The CBS board is preparing for merger talks with Viacom, people familiar with situation said.
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and @lamonicabuzz
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Vox Media Union workers walked out for an hour to push for a contract with management; hiring has moved toward part-time and contract jobs since staff unionized  —  Many editorial and video employees at Vox Media are, at this hour, finishing up a walkout to protest their employer's stance …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Marianna Tzabiras / IFEX:
Caller ID and spam blocking app Truecaller can endanger journalists by revealing their phone numbers, even if journalists never use the app  —  While TrueCaller may have laudable intentions, the privacy implications for people who end up in their database raise concerns.
Discussion: @arictoler
Shoshana Wodinsky / Adweek:
The Washington Post is releasing its proprietary ad-tech stack, Zeus, to all web publishers; it had been available to those who used Arc, WaPo's in-house CMS  —  Assistance from The Post's programmatic sales and engineering team is also available  —  The Washington Post is gearing up to bring its programmatic platform web-wide.
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Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
Former TV reporter Valeria Sistrunk on why she created RateMyStation, a forum that lets journalists write and read anonymous reviews of their newsrooms
Brad Hill / RAIN News:
Vivendi's Radionomy will shut down US internet radio streaming on its platform this week, offers to migrate stations to Shoutcast for Business
Discussion: hypebot
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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
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
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
NBC officially launches NBC News Now, a free streaming news service with 8 hours of programming every weekday, expects to have it running 24/7 by 2020