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7:20 AM ET, June 1, 2019


 Top News: 
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Should Gannett and GateHouse merge, the resulting company would own one in six US newspapers and have increasingly regionalized reporting and business functions  —  A combined company would own 1 of every 6 daily newspapers in America — and a little more breathing room.
Dan Kennedy / @dankennedy_nu:
Internal memo: GateHouse Media in New England will merge 50 small weekly papers into 18 new regional weeklies  —  Internal memo reveals that @GateHouse_Media New England will merge 50 small weekly papers into 18 new regional weeklies.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ is preparing an antitrust investigation into Google's practices related to search and other businesses  —  Probe would closely examine Google's practices related to search, other businesses  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is gearing up for an antitrust investigation …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Amazon to buy Sizmek's Ad Server and Dynamic Creative Optimization units after the adtech company filed for Chapter 11 in March  —  KEY POINTS  — Sizmek Ad Server and Sizmek DCO will operate separately from Amazon Advertising for the time being, Amazon said.
Carlos Maza / @gaywonk:
[Thread] Despite policies against harassment, YouTube lets Steve Crowder videos stay up, with repeated attacks on Carlos Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity  —  So, I have pretty thick skin when it comes to online harassment, but something has been really bothering me.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube is investigating flagged Steven Crowder videos after Vox's Carlos Maza shared Crowder's homophobic and racist comments about Maza in a Twitter thread  —  Carlos Maza says this has been happening for years  —  A tweet thread from Vox host Carlos Maza outlining several instances …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Study on behavioral ad targeting finds that publishers only get about 4% more revenue for an ad impression that has a cookie enabled than for one that doesn't  —  Finding could affect where publishers line up in brewing privacy battles  —  Are creepy advertisements really necessary to support the free web?
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT “prefers” its reporters not appear on cable news shows that it perceives as too partisan, including Rachel Maddow's and Don Lemon's  —  The Times recently yanked one of its journalists from Rachel Maddow amid concerns about cable-news “bias.”  Dean Baquet “thinks it's a real issue.”
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Russian distributors cut about 5 minutes from the Elton John biopic Rocketman, citing law against “homosexual propaganda”; John and filmmakers condemn the cuts  —  Elton John biopic's gay sex and kissing footage edited out in effort to play down singer's sexuality
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
A look at the terms “creators” vs. “influencers” on YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms, and how recent digital history has shaped the terms  —  It was 2011, and YouTube had a problem.  The company, which was then a hub for low-quality cat videos and user-generated content …
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Hearst Magazines launches a new ad unit that will package and ship free product samples from advertisers to readers targeted via ads on Facebook and Instagram
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to pay $56M cash dividend to shareholders, shrinking its cash balance to ~$25M, reducing its appeal to buyers and its ability to acquire
Hannah Ritchie / Our World in Data:
Study comparing causes of death in US with Google searches and NYT/Guardian coverage finds that terrorism and homicide are vastly overrepresented in the media
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Study of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes finds men and women respectively comprise 66% and 34% of film critics working for print, broadcast, and online outlets
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Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia, AMC, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and NBCUniversal say they will reevaluate filming in Georgia if a restrictive abortion law goes into effect
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Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
New York Post CEO Sean Giancola plans to diversify revenue with a commerce program to recommend products and a digital subscription launching later this year
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In interview, Michael Wolff says as a non-institutional reporter it's “silly” to ask subjects for their responses to claims when you know what they will be
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
In the age of music streaming, missing, bad, or inconsistent song metadata is estimated to have left billions on the table unpaid to artists and musicians