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6:20 PM ET, September 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
AP condemns DOJ report, calls for practice of government impersonation of news media to end, demands to be included in official policy development  —  The Associated Press Thursday condemned a report from a Justice Department Inspector General that found that an FBI agent's impersonation of an AP editor did not violate its policies.
Discussion: The Definitive Source and NewsCut
Alan Neuhauser / US News:
Justice Department report: FBI may impersonate journalists in undercover probes with high-level approval; 2007 case of AP impersonation did not violate policies  —  The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General found no problem with an FBI policy permitting agents to pose as journalists.
The Guardian announces US job cuts that will reduce headcount by 30%, due in part to low ad sales and revenue shortfall  —  Company will reduce headcount by 30% in the U.S.  —  Executives from The Guardian announced today that there will be cuts at the British news organization's U.S. operation …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Google, IAB, and others form The Coalition for Better Ads for monitoring and regulating online ad standards  —  Google has helped form a coalition group comprising advertising trade associations, advertisers, publishers, and agency groups that aims to rid the web of bad ads.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Univision formalizes indemnity policy, promising to defend staffers if they are sued in the course of their jobs, following concerns of Gawker staffers  —  Univision chief news, entertainment and digital officer Isaac Lee plans to send an email later this afternoon to employees promising …
Discussion: @felixsalmon and @petersterne
Joel Stein / Bloomberg:
Profile of Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, whose trolling tactics have made him the most notorious spokesman for the alt-right movement  —  At 4 p.m., Milo Yiannopoulos puts on a pair of glasses for the first time today.  He examines himself in a mirror to see if he wants to add …
Anthony Crupi / Ad Age:
Rio Olympics brought $250M profit to NBC Universal due to 20% increase in ad sales, CEO Steve Burke says, despite ratings 15% lower than London Olympics  —  While the ratings for the 2016 Summer Olympics didn't quite measure up to NBC's early projections, the Peacock still managed to strut away …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney cuts about 250 jobs in consumer products and digital media as it continues its shift to game licensing and away from internal development  —  LOS ANGELES — Disney cut 5 percent of its consumer products and digital media staff on Wednesday, or about 250 jobs, a spokesman said …
Jemma Brackebush / Digiday:
New editors revamp Politico's Playbook newsletter, with color photos, graphics, and consistent delivery time; subscriptions are up 8% in the past two months  —  Two months on, the hand-over of Politico's free daily newsletter, Playbook, appears to be going well.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Pandora rebrands $5/month Pandora One ad-free subscription service as Pandora Plus, adds unlimited skips and replays, offline mode  —  Pandora's free service is also getting some new features  —  As expected, Pandora has launched Pandora Plus, a rebranded and improved version of its $5-a-month Pandora One offering.
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David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Garret M. Graff on the reporting process behind his Politico story on Air Force One's flight on 9/11
John Koblin / New York Times:
Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy sign multi-year contracts, signaling that the network won't change its voice in the wake of Ailes' ouster
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Julia Love / Reuters:
Sources: joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment readying NOW Music+ streaming app for UK, priced at £5.99/month
Discussion: The Verge
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Gallup poll: trust in mass media falls to 32%, eight points lower than in 2015, with only 14% of Republicans trusting it; overall level is lowest since 1972