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8:15 AM ET, September 12, 2018


 Top News: 
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
NBC cancelled comedian Norm Macdonald's appearance on “The Tonight Show” following comments he made defending Louis C.K., others  —  NBC canceled Norm Macdonald's appearance on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday after he made comments defending several entertainers accused of wrongdoing …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Before EU's top court, the EU's executive arm joined Google in opposing expanding “right to be forgotten” beyond EU; a non-binding court opinion expected Dec 11  —  European Commission argued that a global application would stretch privacy laws beyond their intended scope
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Under the EU's new copyright directive, streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will be forced to pay higher copyright fees to filmmakers  —  The European Parliament passed a wide-ranging digital copyright directive Wednesday that will give film and TV writers and directors the possibility …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Fortune
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU Parliament approves controversial internet copyright law, including Articles 11 and 13, dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter”  —  Key provisions were amended to reduce potential harm, but critics say vote is ‘catastrophic’  —  The European Parliament has voted …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
ThinkProgress alleges censorship after its story on Kavanaugh's approach to abortion was deemed “false” by the Weekly Standard, a Facebook fact-checking partner  —  Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner with The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, to “fact check” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle owner Bryan Goldberg has hired Amanda Hale, former chief revenue officer of The Outline, as publisher of the relaunched Gawker, likely coming early 2019  —  Amanda Hale hired as publisher for new iteration of the media gossip blog  —  Gawker will rise from the ashes in a new iteration …
New York Times:
US political candidates, especially those running against better-financed rivals and first time candidates, turn to viral videos over expensive advertising  —  These are not the stories that candidates usually turn to the camera and open up about in ads.  —  One talked about her father's …
Discussion: Broadly and The Daily Beast
Melissa Rafferty / KAJ-TV:
Staff at Missoula's weekly independent newspaper, Missoula Independent, have been told the paper is being shut down by Lee Enterprises as of September 11  —  MISSOULA - The presses shuttered to a halt Tuesday morning at Missoula's weekly independent newspaper.
Caits Meissner / The Guardian:
Pen America makes a case against prison officials restricting incarcerated writers' freedom of expression on “security grounds”  —  Prison officials around the country have wide latitude to restrict prisoners' freedom of expression, and that affects writers behind bars
Discussion: @mirakamdar
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
USA Today Network rolls out LocalIQ, an agency-like service for local businesses, and LocalIQ Grader, to give advertisers marketing recommendations  —  Gannett's USA Today Network is becoming the latest publisher to shift to an agency model to grow its share of marketing dollars, but with a local twist.
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Sources: Condé Nast plans a campaign promoting Google's Pixel 3 phone, with the phone used as the camera for cover shoots of November magazine issues
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
European creators should oppose EU proposals to force online providers to create copyright filters and limit users' ability to post links without a license
Dorothy Musariri / Press Gazette:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says the corporation will cut some of its “less used” content to focus on services including news and sport
Discussion: The Drum
 Earlier Picks: 
Lauren Williams / Vox:
Vox adds new vertical, The Goods, which will report on consumer culture and trends in buying
The Guardian:
The Guardian hires six audio journalists for its first ever daily news podcast, launching late 2018 and hosted by joint Political Editor Anushka Asthana
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Pew: despite changes to News Feed, Facebook remains the dominant source of news for US adults, with two-thirds getting their news from social media