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9:20 AM ET, September 24, 2018

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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson are starting The Markup, a news site to cover big tech using data science, with a $20M gift from Craig Newmark and other funding  —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.
Spriha Srivastava / CNBC:
UK broadcaster Sky says it has accepted $39B takeover offer from Comcast, urges shareholders to accept the offer immediately  —  - Comcast outflanked rival Twenty-First Century Fox after submitting a much higher bid in a three-round auction on Saturday.  — Comcast offered £17.28 per share …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Satellite radio company SiriusXM to acquire music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5B all-stock deal  —  Satellite radio company SiriusXM is acquiring music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal, the companies announced Monday.  —  Pandora shares rose 14.4 percent …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: digital publisher Vox Media will struggle to achieve double-digit percentage revenue growth this year, likely missing its goal by more than 15%  —  Other digital-media firms have struggled to live up to ambitious growth goals in a challenging online ad market
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple delayed launch of a streaming video service twice, most recently until March, and spiked a Dr. Dre series as it seeks less edgy content  —  The tech giant wants to make scripted shows for streaming, only without violence, politics and risqué story lines
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sources: Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group and Media Networks division co-chair, to leave Disney after 21st Century Fox deal is complete  —  Ben Sherwood is preparing to leave the Walt Disney Co. after Disney completes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WPP is considering a merger between its digital-ad firm VML and Young & Rubicam, which WPP bought in 2000 for $4.7B  —  New CEO Mark Read is preparing to consolidate some of the ad giant's major properties to keep pace with the industry's digital shift
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Interview with NYT reporter Michael Schmidt about evaluating and protecting sources in his latest story on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  In a blockbuster story in Friday's New York Times, Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
An email recently obtained by ABC News shows Roger Stone seemed to attempt to make contact with Wikileaks following DNC leaks  —  As the special counsel's office appears to be focusing in on President Donald Trump's longtime political ally Roger Stone, an email recently obtained …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CNN political commentator Jason Miller has left the network after court docs allege he secretly administered abortion pills to ex-lover; Miller denies claims  —  Pro-Trump CNN political commentator Jason Miller announced Saturday that he has “decided to step away” from the network …
Hanna Kozlowska / Quartz:
Chartbeat: when Facebook experienced a 45-minute outage on August 3 in many parts of the world, direct traffic to news websites spiked by 11%, search was up 8%  —  What happens when internet users can't go on Facebook?  Some turn to other social media platforms to joke about it.
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Economist:
Profile of the Global Times, a Chinese tabloid and subsidiary of the Communist Party's People's Daily, which sells 1.5M copies of its Chinese edition a day
David Stanway / Reuters:
China has shut down 4,000+ websites and online accounts, removed 147,000 pieces of information during its three-month campaign against “harmful” content
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Study: spending on digital marketing grew by 44% last year in the US and Britain to $52B, with global spending on “martech” estimated to near $100B
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Profile of Marc Randazza, a lawyer who advocates for the online free speech of clients that include neo-Nazis and white supremacists
Nyay Bhushan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A: Amazon Prime Video India head Vijay Subramaniam on Indian content for worldwide audiences, sparking conversation, and passing on film production for now
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Mary Louise Kelly / NPR:
After a visit to North Korea, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly recounts all the ways that her North Korean minder acted as a one-man journalism prevention service
Discussion: @jchengwsj, @eosnos, @nprkelly and @becsully
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Brooke Masters, FT's Comment and Analysis editor about her efforts to diversify the paper's opinion section
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