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3:20 PM ET, September 8, 2017


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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is willing to spend $1B through 2018 on original video for its platform, a dramatic increase on its current video deals  —  Social-media giant could spend as much as $1 billion to cultivate original shows for its platform  —  Facebook Inc. FB .65% is loosening its purse strings …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Snap partners with four college papers for Campus Publisher Story section in Discover tab, will split revenue, and says it'll add 24 more over next three months  —  Student papers from Berkeley, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Syracuse are coming to Snapchat.  —  Snapchat is partnering with a new set of publishers: College newspapers.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Economist is increasingly using Asian chat app Line, which can drive as much traffic as Facebook, by posting a diverse range of stories to its ~1M followers  —  Since starting to post to the popular Asian app Line in January 2016, The Economist has grown its following to nearly 1 million in several countries.
Discussion: @digiday
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
CBS says Hillary Clinton will appear on Colbert's Late Show on 9/19 to promote her new book, What Happened, and talk about her 2016 campaign  —  “What happened,” you ask?  —  Whether or not you will have read Hillary Clinton's upcoming book of that title by Sept. 19, she will take to television …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Profile of Rotten Tomatoes, which some blame for a 15% YoY downturn in summer movie ticket sales, examining editorial process, blowback from movie studios, more  —  LOS ANGELES — Hollywood had a horrible summer.  —  Between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, a sequel-stuffed period …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
TraceMe, founded by NFL star Russell Wilson, raises $9M led by Madrona, with Jeff Bezos participating, to connect celebrities with superfans via in-app content  —  As Russell Wilson describes the ethos of his new startup, it feels like you're inside his Seahawks huddle, driving down the field in the fourth quarter.
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Ethics experts says Breitbart paying Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who runs Trump's voter fraud panel, breaks federal conflict of interest rules  —  “If you're getting paid by somebody to write about your official duties, that seems to me a clear problem," an ethics expert says.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Spotify announces its first music festival in London, called Who We Be, on November 30, as a celebration of rap and grime  —  Who We Be?  Spotify.  —  Just a few days after Apple killed off its annual London music festival, in steps Spotify with its first live music event for the UK.
Sami Main / Adweek:
Disney to relaunch its retro kid-focused Mickey Mouse Club show, now called Club Mickey Mouse, exclusively on Facebook and Instagram over a seven week period  —  Club Mickey Mouse is made by, and for, Gen Z  —  You won't find the latest iteration of the Mickey Mouse Club on TV.
Discussion: The Verge and Variety
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Mark Warner and experts raise idea of regulating political ad spending on Facebook similar to broadcast radio and TV  —  Facebook is facing a new push to reveal how its vast power is being used after it disclosed that roughly $100,000 worth of political ads were purchased on its platform …
UK's Trinity Mirror, publisher of Daily Mirror, says it is in talks to acquire all publishing assets of Daily Express owner Northern & Shell  —  The owner of the Daily Mirror has said it is in talks to buy the owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star.  —  Trinity Mirror hopes to buy …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Freelancers sue Ebony magazine, claiming $70,000 in unpaid work  —  Ebony, a monthly lifestyle magazine targeting African-Americans, was first published in November 1945.  Take a look at some of the covers from the magazine's long history.  —  A group of 38 Ebony freelancers filed a lawsuit …
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
News Group settles 17 cases related to allegations of criminality at the Sun, many with celebrities; next round of cases expected in January  —  Settlement with celebrities including Les Dennis and Samia Ghadie means Murdoch publisher will avoid phone-hacking trial
Discussion: @arusbridger and @sunapology
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on its new service when it launches in late 2019  —  - Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on the new Disney streaming platform when it launches in late 2019, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
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