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8:25 AM ET, April 6, 2019

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An example of the usability issues trying to find stories on Apple News+: a search for The Highlight by Vox  —  Eleven days ago, Apple unveiled its premium news subscription service, Apple News Plus.  And as I wrote at the time, it was kind of disappointing.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple Music has been growing at a monthly rate of 2.6% to 3% and had 28M US users in Feb., compared to Spotify's 26M US users and growth of 1.5% to 2%  —  Apple's music-streaming service has surpassed Spotify's in paid U.S. subscriptions yet lags its Swedish competitor globally.
CNN:
Netflix's DVD service, with its 2.7M US subscribers, appeals not only to those with poor broadband but also to many in urban areas seeking an extensive catalog  —  (CNN)Remember when Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail company?  Well, for 2.7 million subscribers in the US, it still is.
Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
Journalists from India, Malta, and Turkey call on social media companies to crack down on political groups using their platforms to harass journalists  —  Examples of harassment of journalists in India, Malta and Turkey indicate how political groups are using online platforms to silence their critics
Discussion: Variety, @maggienyt and @mollypriddy
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Analysis: the gender pay gap favoring men in UK media rose at 11 news outlets and declined at 22 in 2018; bonus gap was 56.3% at CNN and 50.2% at Hearst  —  Almost a third of UK media companies have seen their gender pay gaps increase (in favour of men) on the year before, new figures reveal.
Discussion: Fast Company, The Guardian and Deadline
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Snap emphasizes that its approach to privacy is different than others as it adds integrations like sharing buttons, with The Washington Post as a launch partner  —  Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wants to have it both ways: Keep Snapchat insulated from the darker sides of the internet, and also open it up to some of the rest of the web.
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Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
YouTube staff are using their own channels to better understand creators' work as YouTube tries to balance creators' well-being and their career sustainability  —  The oldest video on Matt Kovalakides' channel appeared on YouTube 12 years ago, back when he was a more traditional filmmaker in Hollywood …
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
As Cosmo's EIC, Jessica Pels has focused on the magazine's online presence, growing digital subscriptions, affiliate revenue, and using Instagram as inspiration  —  Jessica Pels, the editor, is trying to save the magazine from the jaws of Instagram.  —  “Bad ideas first!” …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Study: corporate consolidation is likely for pay-TV sector in Asia, which is losing momentum as consumers turn to OTT suppliers and piracy for video content  —  Corporate consolidation is increasingly likely, as the pay-TV sector in Asia loses momentum, and consumers turn to video content …
Rob Williams / MediaPost:
Vogue returns to Greece after shutting down in 2012 due to the economic crisis; its 29-year-old EIC Thaleia Karafyllidou is the youngest of any Vogue title  —  This week, Vogue returned to Greece after a seven-year absence as the Mediterranean country's economy enters its third year of growth after bottoming in 2016.
Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck:
Borrell report: Facebook, Google received 70% of the $60B in local digital ad spending in 2018; TV comprised 9% of local ad spend, beating newspapers, a first  —  The social media giant and search engine now account for 70% of the $60 billion spent on digital advertising in 2018 …
 
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Africa-focused music streaming service Boomplay raises $20M, bringing the total raised to $25.5M, says it has 42M MAUs and is adding ~2M users/mo
Julia Ziemer / Polis:
Google News Initiative and LSE's journalism think tank are collaborating on Journalism AI, a project to survey media usage of AI and foster AI literacy
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google pilots a row of ads on the Android TV home screen of Sony smart TVs, Xiaomi's Mi Box 3, and others; users say they cannot disable the ads
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Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
The Athletic apologizes to a reader for automatically deleting a comment about staff diversity on a post seeking feedback, says it's re-evaluating procedures
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bumble is launching a print magazine, Bumble Mag, in partnership with Hearst as Bumble works to extend its brand beyond dating
Discussion: The Drum
Jack Crosbie / Splinter:
The BuzzFeed union accuses the company of union-busting as recognition drags; the company only wants to recognize specific titles, not the newsroom as a whole