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9:40 AM ET, June 20, 2019

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A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's new rhetorical attack, accusing the NYT of “a virtual act of treason”, crosses a dangerous line in his campaign against a free and independent press  —  The Founders considered it the gravest of crimes.  Tossing the charge around is irresponsible and wrong.
Washington Post:
Sources: after complaints about privacy practices around children's videos on YouTube, FTC is in late stages of a probe, causing YouTube to rethink its strategy  —  The U.S. government is in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children's videos …
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Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: YouTube considering far-reaching changes to protect kids, including moving all children's content to the YouTube Kids app and turning off autoplay  —  Executives consider shifting children's content to a separate app, removing auto-play feature in an effort to protect young viewers
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Quibi says it has booked more than $100M in ad sales with launch partners including Google, P&G, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Anheuser-Busch, ahead of April 2020 debut  —  Quibi, the ambitious short-form video venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has sold $100 million …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg, normalized in profiles as an entrepreneur supporting prestigious journalism, remains volatile behind the scenes, pushing boundaries  —  Bryan Goldberg wants to save your internet.  Since the creation of his Bustle Digital Group, Goldberg made a name for himself …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former Facebook content moderators from Tampa, three on the record, where working conditions are appalling and many experience PTSD  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Twitter disabling location data for tweets is a win for privacy but a loss for journalists, researchers as it helped find eyewitnesses and track disinformation  —  When Twitter wants to announce a change in how it does things, how should they announce it?  With a tweet, naturally …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Five NY1 anchorwomen sue the network for age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort to force them off the air in favor of younger hosts  —  Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country's most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination …
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
How the ongoing formation of the podcast industry could affect the digital audiobook industry, as Audible and Spotify likely look to compete in both forms  —  There's no news peg to this piece, other than the fact it's based off a keynote I gave earlier this month at the Audiobook Publishers Association Conference in New York.
The Guardian:
UN report: Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the extrajudicial murder of Jamal Khashoggi for which there is “credible evidence” he is liable  —  Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over journalist's murder, says report  —  The crown prince of Saudi Arabia …
 
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Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Amid a crackdown on media in Tanzania, investigative journalist Jabir Idrissa lost his job, and his newspaper was banned, for reporting about a goldmine
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News is part of a union wave at digital media outlets that has resulted in an estimated 2,000 new members for the News Guild and WGA East
Mathew Katz / Digital Trends:
Kim Kardashian deepfake was blocked on YouTube for violating copyright, showing a simple path for companies and famous people to take down fakes on the platform
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
Quartz hired three workers on freelance marketplace Fiverr for $5-$15 to write about Fiverr's IPO; results were expectedly poor and partially plagiarized
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
American journalist says China denied her visa application because of her work covering Chinese government influence abroad
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
In a first, only one outlet, MSNBC, is allowed to provide live coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Convention; Fox, C-SPAN, CNN are barred
Jon Harris / Morning Call:
MediaNews Group will cut 81 positions, or one-third of the 221 employees from the Reading Eagle Co, one month after it bought the 150-year-old PA publisher
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, launching in 2020, will help subscription services by reducing payment friction and opening new markets