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11:53 AM ET, September 21, 2018


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David Beard / Poynter:
After BuzzFeed's cuts to its audio team and Panoply's exit from podcast content, creators re-evaluate podcast revenue potential and audience measurement  —  Moving from one shiny object to another: “Everybody wants a ‘Serial,’ but nobody wants to spend ‘Serial’ money,” says one veteran podcast editor.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as financial pressures rise, Mic Network Is considering an acquisition offer from a media company, among other strategic options  —  Mic Network board met last week to consider offer, as financial pressures mount  —  Digital publisher Mic Network is considering an acquisition offer …
Discussion: @mathewi, @jbenton and @benmullin
Veronica Villafañe / Media Moves:
Cox Media Group announces the sale of Mundo Hispánico to Mundo Hispano Digital Network, a tech-focused media company created to target the US Latino community  —  Mundo Hispánico has new owners.  Cox Media Group sold the Atlanta-based Spanish language weekly paper …
Facebook says it is reviewing its policies on white supremacy, white nationalism, and white separatism after a backlash from civil rights groups  —  “Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent, and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy."
Allison Jackson / Agence France-Presse:
Thirteen journalists have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest number killed in the country in a single year since the start of the war  —  Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Report on how France handled misinformation and document leaks ahead of its 2017 election offers recommendations to governments, media, and civic organizations  —  If France could stop misinformation, could the U.S.?  —  A newly-translated-to-English report reflects on how the country handled misinformation …
D. Victoria Baranetsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Discussion: Editor & Publisher
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
The New York Times hires Kirsten Danis, who has been the managing editor of The Marshall Project since 2015, as the deputy Metro editor for investigations  —  Kirsten Danis, who has been managing editor of The Marshall Project since 2015, is becoming deputy Metro editor for investigations.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls  —  A new design meant for a mouse  —  Hulu is rolling out an updated web interface today for its users that's based on the updated UI it introduced last year for its live TV service subscribers.
Discussion: MacRumors and Hulu, more at Techmeme »
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T responds to the DOJ's appeal of the case allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, saying DOJ has failed to show the merger is harmful to competitors or consumers  —  AT&T has filed its response to the government's appeal of its acquisition of Time Warner, a 58-page catalog of what the company …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN says it has signed up more than 1M paying subscribers for ESPN+, its $4.99 a month streaming service launched in April  —  For $4.99 per month, ESPN+ offers a range of sports programming; doesn't offer live ESPN channels  —  ESPN said it has signed up more than one million paying subscribers …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger about Disney's upcoming streaming service, ESPN's politics problem, and how #MeToo changed the company
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Jon Reid / Bloomberg BNA:
NYT sues FCC for records that NYT alleges may reveal Russian government interference in FCC's comment period before rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules
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Alex Wickham / BuzzFeed:
Documents show UK proposals for internet regulator: companies to be liable for online content and sanctioned for slow removal of illegal material, hate speech
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it will now allow indie artists to directly upload their music to the service; the upload feature is debuting in beta on an invite-only basis in US