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2:00 PM ET, March 26, 2019

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple News+ will surface WSJ stories of general interest; subscribers will have access to 3 days worth of business and financial news in WSJ's archives  —  Apple News+ was officially announced earlier today, allowing users to pay $9.99 per month for access to 300 magazines and select newspapers.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple News+ is a fine way to read magazines, but its UX's roots in Texture makes finding content from newspapers and digital news outlets difficult  —  Few entities have the potential to help improve news production and consumption more than Apple.  This falls short of hopes.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Apple launches Apple News+ in US and Canada, a subscription service with news pubs like WSJ and 300+ mags, for $9.99/month and free sharing with family accounts
Ernst Pfauth / The Correspondent:
De Correspondent has closed its US office and says it will not open a newsroom in the US, as it prepares to launch an English-language version  —  At the end of last year, 45,888 people from over 130 countries contributed $2.6 million to launch The Correspondent, the global expansion of our Dutch journalism platform.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google is launching the Local Experiments Project to fund local news websites across the US, partners with McClatchy on three projects  —  Google is launching the Local Experiments Project, an effort to fund dozens of new local news websites around the country and eventually around the world.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Karey Burke, ABC's entertainment president, on reviving the network's ratings and trying to retain Jimmy Kimmel as his contract nears end  —  The network's entertainment president, who replaced Channing Dungey in November, has a plan not just to stem ratings declines but actually …
John Glenday / The Drum:
Survey: 63% of people now prefer to share content over “dark” social channels like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp  —  A study on social sharing habits has highlighted the growing appeal of so-called ‘dark’ private messaging apps, with 63% of people now preferring …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media's coverage of the Trump team's Russia connections has not been invalidated by the Mueller report, but news publishers may mistakenly soften coverage  —  It should be no surprise to anyone that President Trump's reaction to the Mueller report is to attack reporters for doing their jobs.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify has acquired Parcast, a podcasting studio which focuses on stories about true crime, cults, and unsolved mysteries  —  The podcast studio focuses on stories about true crimes, cults and unsolved mysteries.  —  Spotify is adding to its podcasting portfolio.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The history of Medium, told through a timeline of tweets, articles, and Ev Williams' own statements on the site  —  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me seven times, well...how much money do you have, again?  —  Less than a year after Medium abruptly canceled …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Medium's deputy editor Katie Drummond is leaving the site after less than a year to join Vice as senior vice-president of digital
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Viacom's shares soared ~10% amid speculation about its potential merger with CBS
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Reuters has doubled the number of staff to spot manipulated video content from 6 to 12 in the last two years, says the team verifies around 80 videos a week
Discussion: Quartz
Liezel Hill / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg's South African journalists are struggling to live and work amid the country's series of scheduled power blackouts
Associated Press:
Myanmar's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
James Cridland / Podnews podcasting news:
The BBC has pulled its podcasts from Google search, Assistant, and Podcasts, claiming Google must sign a license to link them and supply the BBC with user data
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The Marshall Project:
Former NYT editor Susan Chira has been named editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, replacing founding editor Bill Keller who is retiring in April
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
A list of the 241 magazines that are currently available for Apple News+ in the US; 116 use the new Apple News Format, while 125 use traditional PDFs
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google launches Realtime Content Insights, a tool to help journalists identify trending news stories that could attract more readers
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google denies report that YouTube has stopped accepting pitches for scripted shows, confirms it's debuting new ad-supported original programming in coming weeks
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Business Insider's 13 international editions grew their ad revenue 40% YoY in 2019 and now generate 30% of its ad revenue outside the US
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