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11:45 AM ET, September 26, 2018


 Top News: 
Will Oremus / Slate:
Sources at media outlets say they're seeing little to no ad revenue from Apple News despite huge traffic growth  —  The world's most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience.  One thing it hasn't delivered: money.  —  In the years leading up to the 2016 U.S. election …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox have decided to sell their shares in Sky to Comcast; Fox holds a 39% stake in Sky  —  Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox are selling their shares in Sky to Comcast, putting the US cable operator on course to take full control of the European media group.
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Comcast's bid for Sky values 21st Century Fox's 39% stake at about $15B  —  21st Century Fox will offload its longtime 39% stake in Sky to Comcast for more than $15 billion, after the U.S. cable giant lodged the highest bid in a weekend auction of the European pay-TV heavyweight.
Anne Davies / The Guardian:   How the culture of News Corp might change under Lachlan Murdoch, who is said to be more conservative than his father but has a different management style
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
New York magazine is partnering with a non-profit news site called The City, led by Daily News alum Jere Hester, to provide local news coverage of NYC  —  With the once robust metropolitan news coverage in New York dwindling, a new nonprofit website called The City is teaming up with New York magazine …
Discussion: @albertocairo and Nieman Lab, Thanks:@steverubel
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
WaPo to expand its Arc publishing platform as a subscriptions tool sold to others, then as an ad network, aiming to own infrastructure in a similar play as AWS  —  It is increasingly the tech stack of choice for major news publishers.  But now Arc wants to be the backbone of your digital advertising and subscriptions, too.
David Beard / Poynter:   A judge demanded Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto provide proof of his work, so librarians and translators collaborated to unearth his old stories
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A close look at USAReally, a pro-Kremlin, pro-Trump site with overt Russian ties and frequent links on the /r/the_donald subreddit as it depicts a declining US  —  To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid is being sued for defamation by a Trump supporter whom she alleged had hurled racial slurs at a teenager  —  A California woman named Roslyn La Liberte has filed a defamation lawsuit against Joy Reid, accusing the MSNBC star of spreading a false claim …
Discussion: Mediaite
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Sources: Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah has told multiple people he plans to leave the White House after the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings  —  WASHINGTON — One of the White House's most visible staffers has his eye on the exit door.  Raj Shah, a deputy press secretary who has stepped behind …
Discussion: @altuspresssec and @weinbergersa
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Safari's Siri Suggested Websites feature promotes conspiracy sites, Holocaust deniers, and other misinformation; Apple says it removes them when notified  —  Apple's Safari, one of the internet's most popular web browsers, has been surfacing debunked conspiracies, shock videos …
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Amazon taps Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female team to call NFL games, as one of four audio options for games streamed to Prime subscribers  —  Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will become the first female announcing team to cover an NFL game this Thursday …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside an investigation of an execution video by the BBC's Eye on Africa, which used a Twitter thread with video, images, and animations to tell the story  —  Digital media has made it easier than ever for malicious actors to distribute fake news, including video, but at the same time …
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Andy / TorrentFreak:
Report: Google, Yandex, and other internet companies in Russia are discussing creating a database that details copyright-infringing content for easier removal
Discussion: Beyond Search
Former Facebook content moderator sues the company for allegedly failing to protect her and others as they viewed violent videos and images, says it led to PTSD
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
CBS names Richard Parsons as interim board chairman and two more longtime board members, Bruce Gordon and William Cohen, step down
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook removes 12+ partisan pages used by fake accounts to spam 30M+ fans with links to, founded and still partially owned by Laura Ingraham
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will retire from his role at the end of the year