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11:20 AM ET, September 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Wenner Media has hired bankers to explore sale of its controlling interest in Rolling Stone; both Jann and Gus Wenner hope to stay on at the magazine  —  From a loft in San Francisco in 1967, a 21-year-old named Jann S. Wenner started a magazine that would become the counterculture bible for baby boomers.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
A look at Sean Spicer's sketch at the Emmys, which a source says was Stephen Colbert's idea, and the criticism it has been met with  —  Sean Spicer makes surprise cameo at Emmys  —  Stephen Colbert had the idea to invite Sean Spicer up on stage at the Emmys on Sunday night.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Interview with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and other execs, on Vogue's 125th anniversary, whether it's lost influence, creating memorable content, more  —  In a rare interview, Vogue's famed editor in chief discusses the title's September issue, the Internet — and influence.
New York Times:
Possible successors to Graydon Carter as editor of Vanity Fair include THR's Janice Min, Esquire's Jay Fielden, New York's Adam Moss, GQ's Jim Nelson, and more  —  Graydon Carter's exit means the Vanity Fair editorship is up for grabs.  —  So Graydon is gone.  Now what?
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Snap says it has complied with Saudi Arabia's request to block access to Al Jazeera content, including articles and videos, for users in the country  —  Snap said it is following a request from the Saudi government; Al Jazeera calls move an ‘attempt to silence freedom of expression’
Discussion: TechCrunch, Fast Company and Engadget
Lee Rainie / Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 61% of people ages 18-29 say they primarily watch TV via streaming services; 31% say they mostly watch via cable or satellite subscription  —  The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.
Discussion: Business Insider
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Source: Facebook handed over data on Russian ad buys to special counsel Mueller under search warrant, including ad copies, targeting info, and account details  —  What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Users' reactions to “disputed” labels on Facebook are largely irrelevant as those labels are more about reducing reach of false stories and training algorithms  —  When it comes to Facebook's effort to stop the flow of misinformation on its platform, the labels can be misleading …
Discussion: The Guardian
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Videoblocks, the marketplace that pays 100% commission to content creators, rebrands as Storyblocks, launches its stock photo service  —  Stock imagery service Videoblocks made its name thanks to its flat-rate, unlimited video library and a marketplace that paid photographers a 100 percent commission.
Discussion: Forbes, @tj_leonard and The Next Web
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Hulu beats Netflix and Amazon to become the first streaming service to win in the Outstanding Drama category at the Emmys for The Handmaid's Tale  —  The digital earthquake that has shaken broadcast television has given the Emmys its first streaming drama winner, with Hulu …
Discussion: BGR
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Hatem El-Gamasy, a NYC bodega owner, has appeared frequently on Egyptian TV since he wrote an article predicting Trump's win, which was spotted by producers  —  Hatem El-Gamasy often appears as a pundit for Egyptian television news programs.  His viewers don't know his day job: He owns a bodega in Queens.
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Danielle Turchiano / Variety:
Shonda Rhimes partners with Hearst to launch lifestyle site; it will be syndicated across Hearst properties like Cosmopolitan, ELLE, others
Discussion: Adweek
Craig Marks / Vulture:
Profile of Spotify's Tuma Basa, who runs its 50-song RapCaviar playlist, followed by 7.67M+ users, on how he finds music, the playlist's influence, more
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Andrew Zaleski / Wired:
Profile of VidAngel's Neal Harmon, whose streaming service is in a legal fight against studios over the right to filter offensive content from movies, TV shows
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple says Safari's upcoming “Intelligent Tracking Prevention”, criticized by ad groups, will only block re-targeting, allow cookies from visited sites, more
Mounir Lamouri / Chromium Blog:
Chrome 64, coming January 2018, will allow autoplay video only when media has no sound or the user shows interest in content
Discussion: Business Insider
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Alexa O'Brien, who posted evidence from Manning trial on YouTube, was banned from YouTube, had Gmail suspended; Google and YouTube fixed error, apologized
Business Insider:
Sources: Comedy Central has decided to stop producing daily, customized content for Snapchat Discover on Sep. 30, but is in talks to produce a show for it