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8:35 PM ET, September 24, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Source: Comcast is willing to sell its 30% stake in streaming service Hulu to Disney  —  - Comcast expects Disney will let go of its 39 percent stake, giving CEO Brian Roberts complete ownership of the TV distributor and owner of content, according to people familiar with the matter.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Ian Rylett, co-founder of YouTube tween channel SevenAwesomeKids, arrested for allegedly molesting a minor; YouTube demonetized the channel but left it up  —  For weeks now, SevenAwesomeKids, part of one of YouTube's biggest and most active tween/teen girl channel networks, has been suspiciously dormant.
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
A look at how Barstool Sports employees, fans regularly harass female reporters, with founder Dave Portnoy once asking if a woman “kind of deserves to be raped”  —  Multiple female sportswriters recount the ugly harassment they received from Stoolies—and place much of the blame …
Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Entertainment head Bob Greenblatt to be replaced by new co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, effective immediately  —  NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke made the announcement Monday in a memo to staff.  —  It's official: Bob Greenblatt's tenure as NBC Entertainment has come to an end.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple has closed its acquisition of music recognition app Shazam and says it will soon become ad-free, in a deal sources say was for $400M  —  Last year, we broke the news that Apple was buying the music recognition startup and app Shazam for about $400 million, and nearly one year later, the deal has finally closed.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
In an effort to reach $8M for its ICO, Civil to sell CVL tokens using direct payments after complains about the complexity of the buying process  —  Depending which hyperbolic headlines you believe, blockchain journalism startup Civil is going to “save journalism,” “fix journalism,” …
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Five women describe emotional abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting by Mic writer Jack Smith IV; Mic says it found no evidence of improper behavior by him at Mic  —  As we near the one-year mark of the public accusations against Harvey Weinstein—that he serially assaulted women …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Guardian's special projects head Mark Rice-Oxley tells journalism seminar mental health should be part of diversity conversations and performance reviews  —  The Guardian's head of special projects has said mental health should be better supported in newsrooms as they can be “very insecure places to work”.
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Emptywheel's blogger Marcy Wheeler on disclosing a source to the FBI, a Russian spy who “manipulated” the American press, and more  —  Photo: Marcy Wheeler, author and editor of national security blog Emptywheel, courtesy of Wheeler.
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media rolls out Bulletin, a personalized one-sentence news summary feature in its mobile app written by an AI-powered program
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
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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
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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
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
Discussion: AgencySpy
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
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