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12:55 PM ET, September 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Report: the cost of distribution rights for every major televised sport in the US is larger than the ad revenue TV channels earn from airing them  —  The cost of distribution rights for every major televised sport in the United States is more than the ad revenue TV channels get from airing those sports …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Univision used WhatsApp group chats to distribute news and information during Hurricane Irma and is doing the same for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico  —  Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision's case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.
Hollywood Reporter:
NFL TV ratings have slid 12-15% in the opening weeks of the season, following an 8% drop last season; analysts and pundits are struggling to explain the decline  —  CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC will generate about $2.5 billion in NFL advertising revenue this season, but a 10 percent shortfall …
Discussion: @thrmattbelloni and @jonsteinberg
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Twitter removed 300K accounts in first half of '17 for promoting terrorism, a 20% decline from previous six months with 75% suspended before posting first tweet  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the …
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Profile of Emanuele Farneti, the 42-year-old editor of Italian Vogue and an outsider in the fashion world  —  In January, not long after returning from his winter holiday, Emanuele Farneti, the 42-year-old editor of Italian GQ, was chatting with a media friend when the subject of Italian Vogue …
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg, chairman of DreamWorks parent Amblin Partners, will assume CEO role as Michael Wright steps down  —  Michael Wright, Amblin Partners' top executive, is stepping down from his role as CEO, the company said Tuesday.  —  “I have always enjoyed working with Michael …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Fox says it will stream entertainment programming on Twitter to promote new fall shows, with one comedy, Ghosted, debuting on Twitter before it starts on TV  —  Fox's new comedy series “Ghosted” will debut on Twitter days before its scheduled linear premiere — part of a new partnership between …
Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more  —  In 2013, EFF was disappointed to learn that the W3C had taken on the project of standardizing “Encrypted Media Extensions,” …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
USA Today loses two business and tech veterans, Roger Yu and Jon Swartz, amid Gannett layoffs  —  USA Today's business and tech news staff is losing two reporters as part of the Gannett company-wide layoffs.  —  Those being cut are:  — Roger Yu, who writes about economics and business policy for USA Today.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Joe Lindsley mixes fact and fiction in his new self-published book about his time as Roger Ailes' protégé
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Report for America's Charles Sennott on how the project will work, where first partnerships will likely be, training, coverage topics, and more
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