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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.
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 /
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.
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