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7:50 AM ET, June 12, 2019

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Rani Molla / Vox:
Mary Meeker releases her Internet Trends 2019 report, showing US ad spending up 22% in 2018, with issues ahead for targeted ads due to GDPR and privacy concerns  —  Here are all the slides, plus analysis.  —  It's the holiday season for data nerds: That is, Mary Meeker is delivering …
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Profile of Tucker Roberts, son of Comcast's CEO, who oversees the cable giant's expansion into esports, including the Overwatch League's Philadelphia Fusion  —  When the Philadelphia Fusion plays, the team president, Tucker Roberts, likes to stay in the dugout, alongside the coaches and bench players.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The newspaper industry doesn't need a special antitrust exemption to help it compete with Google, Facebook; the papers are largely to blame for their downfall  —  The newspaper industry has crawled up Capitol Hill once again to beg for an antitrust exemption it thinks it needs in its fight …
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Bill Grueskin / @bgrueskin:
[Thread] News Media Alliance study relies on an offhand comment Marissa Mayer made in 2008 to extrapolate how much money Google has made from news publishers
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
Publishers, lobbying for laws around the world that will help them extract payments from platforms like Google for linking to news, are ruining the internet
Washington Post:
Sources: Zuckerberg contacted Pelosi to discuss viral misinformation, but she has not engaged, frustrated by how Facebook handled a manipulated video of her  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg contacted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in recent weeks to discuss …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Mandy Jenkins, GM of the Compass Experiment, McClatchy's project to build three sustainable local news sites, funded by Google News Initiative  —  “A lot of this is taking advantage of what Google has to offer as a partner.  They're tracking all of these interesting trends all the time …
Nick R. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Journalist David Neiwert says Twitter suspended his account because he used a profile image that included art from his book cover showing Ku Klux Klan hoods  —  David Neiwert's profile features a book cover including KKK hoods.  That was apparently enough to get his account blocked.  He's not backing down.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Tech platforms are poor arbiters of acceptable speech, altering enforcement of already-uneven rules when controversies flare up, but there's no clear fix  —  For YouTube, Facebook and the rest, if a decision becomes too controversial, change it  —  acing pressure to ban a hatemonger …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News commentator Tyrus was kicked off a Fox Nation streaming show, Un-PC, in April after co-host Britt McHenry filed a sexual harassment complaint  —  Sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that McHenry complained the ex-wrestler sent her multiple unsolicited text messages containing lewd, sexual comments.
Discussion: @lispower1, Deadspin and The Big Lead
Liz Pelly / The Baffler:
How Spotify's vast access to mood-related data is valuable to brands and advertisers, allowing them to target its listening audience by their emotional states  —  Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit  —  MUSIC IS EMOTIONAL, and so our listening often signals something deeply personal and private.
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
Quake Media plans to launch a subscription-only podcast network this winter with talk radio-style programming built around people who are “household names”  —  At some point this winter, we will see the launch of something called Quake Media, which describes itself as a …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
David Uberti / VICE News:
Inside the financial and management troubles at LGBTQ magazine Out, which has repeatedly failed to pay freelancers and nearly went bust during Pride Month  —  With the World Pride celebration in New York looming later this month, a slow-moving disaster at Out magazine, a glossy title …
 
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Mainstream TV in Russia is heavily controlled by the government, but dissenting voices are regularly heard on YouTube, especially by youths
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Russia's Internal Ministry releases Meduza journalist Ivan Golunov, citing a lack of evidence of a crime and vowing a probe into the officers who detained him
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group has acquired startup news app Zig, which offers an Instagram-style scrolling feed of photos that link to news sites
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Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
In the US, NPR is the only major media outlet with a full-time public editor; CJR announces appointment of four public editors for NYT, WaPo, MSNBC, and CNN
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Digiday Media adds a third brand, Modern Retail, after the launch of Glossy in 2016; subscription revenue for the company is projected to reach $2M+ in 2019
Brian Stelter / CNN:
NYT says it will stop publishing political cartoons in its international edition starting July 1, has been considering its decision for more than a year
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Facebook has quietly made changes to limit Graph Search over the weekend, following privacy scandals, says it will work with researchers affected by the changes