Sources: National Enquirer and two sister publications are being sold for $100M to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News, known for its airport newsstands — The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the travel retailer known for its airport newsstands …
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PR Newswire: American Media, LLC Reaches Agreement To Sell Tabloids, Including National Enquirer, To Hudson Media
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal: National Enquirer to be Sold for $100 Million to Ex-Newsstand Mogul
Mackenzie Nichols / Variety: Hudson Media CEO James Cohen Purchases the National Enquirer
Evann Gastaldo / Newser: Here's Who Bought National Enquirer
Edmund Lee / New York Times: National Enquirer to Be Sold to James Cohen, Heir to Hudson News Founder
Grace Carr / The Daily Caller: National Enquirer Sold For $100 Million
Ilya Marritz / @ilyamarritz: serious question: does the new owner take possession of the Donald Trump secrets which the Enquirer kept hidden in a safe? http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Christina Wilkie / @christinawilkie: New: James Cohen Agrees to Buy the National Enquirer for $100 Million, reports @wsj My big question now is what happens to “the vault” of damaging stories that have been caught-and-killed over the years. http://www.wsj.com/...
Jon Levine / The Wrap: Hudson News CEO James Cohen to Buy National Enquirer for $100 Million (Report)
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google and Amazon end their streaming video spat: YouTube will come to Fire TV and Prime Video will work with Chromecast and Android TV — Google and Amazon haven't historically been the best of friends, at least when it comes to their respective streaming video services.
Discussion: Amazon.com, Inc., TechCrunch, Variety, The Next Web and VentureBeat, more at Techmeme »
Amazon.com, Inc.: Amazon and Google Announce Official YouTube Apps to Launch on Fire TV; Prime Video App Coming …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google & Amazon reach an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each others' platforms
Janko Roettgers / Variety: Fire TV Gets Official YouTube App, Amazon Video Goes Live on Google Devices
Rachel Kaser / The Next Web: Google/Amazon deal sends YouTube to FireTV and Prime Video to Chromecast (finally)
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: YouTube is landing on Amazon's Fire TV, while Prime Video will come to Chromecast
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Both newspaper chains and digital media face a liquidity crisis as M&A talks continue; Bustle's Bryan Goldberg compares media to Florida real estate in 2010 — Newspaper company CEOs will be the first to tell you a new round of consolidation won't solve their problems.
Discussion: @niemanlab, @gvnordheim, American Press Institute, @sashachavkin, USA Today and Washington Post
@niemanlab: Consolidation won't save local media, and its executives know that — but it will buy them some time. http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Gerret von Nordheim / @gvnordheim: “I've spoken recently to a number of newspaper executives, and none say they can hope for anything better than a 4 percent decline in revenues, year over year. That's the best-case scenario.” http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Sasha Chavkin / @sashachavkin: Alden Global, the vulture fund that is stripping down local US newspaper chains for parts, is under federal investigation for moving $250M in employee pensions into its own funds. Kudos to WaPo for investigating http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ... ... #DemocracyDiesInDarkness
Kevin McCoy / USA Today: Report: Department of Labor investigating hedge fund's handling of retirement plan assets
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Leaked internal data: MoviePass subscribers have dropped from 3M+ in June 2018 to about 225,000 now; subscription models at AMC and Cinemark are having success — - MoviePass has dropped from over 3 million subscribers to about 225,000, according to internal data obtained by Business Insider.
Discussion: Variety, The A.V. Club, The Playlist, IndieWire, @jakebythesouth and Observer
Todd Spangler / Variety: MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year (Report)
William Hughes / The A.V. Club: MoviePass reportedly lost a ludicrous 90 percent of subscribers over the last 12 months
Charles Barfield / The Playlist: New Report Shows MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% Of Its Subscribers In Less Than A Year
Jake Eppstein / @jakebythesouth: @mediagazer They must have lost them to Sinemia. I had movipass and when they turned into a shithole last year, I switched to Sinemia. Sinemia is a more viable option
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix is opening an NYC production hub, will lease about 161,000 square feet for six sound stages in Brooklyn and also will expand its Manhattan office — The streamer also will expand its Manhattan office and create 127 high-paying jobs by 2024. — Amazon's loss is Netflix's gain.
Discussion: Variety, Fast Company, TechCrunch, TVWeek.com, CNN, MediaPost and Engadget
Todd Spangler / Variety: Netflix to Open Production Hub in New York City Encompassing 100,000 Square Feet
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company: Netflix is opening a production hub in NYC
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Netflix to open a production hub in New York and invest up to $100 million in the city
Chuck Ross / TVWeek.com: Governor Cuomo Announces Netflix Will Expand New York Presence With New Production Hub in New York City
Frank Pallotta / CNN: Netflix to open production hub in New York City
Alex Weprin / MediaPost: Netflix To Open New York City Production Hub
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Amazon Music launches an ad-supported tier for Alexa-enabled devices in the US, allowing users to listen to Amazon Music's top playlists and stations for free — Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant …
Discussion: Day One, USA Today, VentureBeat and 9to5Mac, more at Techmeme »
Jefferson Graham / USA Today: “Alexa, play some free songs for me”
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac: [Update: Now available in the US] Amazon expected to take on Apple Music with free, ad-based music service next week
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
A marketer found Barstool Sports used his cartoon on Snapchat; the marketer tried to barter for promotion instead of payment, then filed a DMCA takedown request — Another content creator was forced to file a DMCA takedown request after Barstool swiped its content.
Discussion: Plagiarism Today, @charliemagne, @bobsaietta, @michellemanafy, @bobsaietta, @bobsaietta and Deadspin
Jonathan Bailey / Plagiarism Today: Copyright and Plagiarism in the Age of Memes
Charlie J. Johnson / @charliemagne: “Their business is built on stealing other people's IP. And that's not a business; it's like a criminal enterprise.” http://bit.ly/2UGlnf6
Robert Silverman / @bobsaietta: The only reason Rubin found out he'd been ripped off is b/c others saw it and contacted him. The question, then, is: How often does Barstool steal but hasn't been caught in the act? After all, the site deleted over 60k old social media posts last month. https://www.thedailybeast.com/ ...
Michelle Manafy / @michellemanafy: Another content creator was forced to file a DMCA takedown request after Barstool swiped its content. It's the latest in a long line of complaints against the media company. http://www.thedailybeast.com/ ... http://twitter.com/...
Robert Silverman / @bobsaietta: New from me: Hey remember when Barstool Sports got busted for stealing other people's work and their CEO Erika Nardini then promised that they'd solved the site's pesky plagiarism problem? They didn't. @thedailybeast https://www.thedailybeast.com/ ...
Robert Silverman / @bobsaietta: Rubin created a cartoon character, images of which he posts at subwaydoodle dot com. Barstool included a gif someone else made in its Snapchat show without ever bothering to check who owned the character and passed it off as their own work. https://www.thedailybeast.com/ ... pic.twitter.com/kbXZtu3W4T
Google Home and Assistant-powered speakers get a free ad-supported version of YouTube Music with limited functionality, in 16 countries including the US and UK — Listening to music on your Google Home speaker right out-of-the-box seems too good to be true, right? It's not!
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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott: Google Home Users Get Free, Ad-Supported YouTube Music
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Alexa devices
Andrew Gebhart / CNET: You can now play YouTube Music on your Google Home for free
Corbin Davenport / Android Police: Limited ad-supported YouTube Music now free on Google Home
Rachel England / Engadget: YouTube Music is free on Google Home, if you don't mind ads
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: YouTube Music launches on Google Home
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
US ranked 48th in the World Press Freedom Index, a third year of decline, entering the ranks of countries whose treatment of journalists is “problematic” — For the third time in three years, the United States' standing in an annual index of press freedom declined …
Discussion: CNBC, @franksesno, @penamerican, CNN and The Guardian
Lucy Handley / CNBC: The US is now a ‘noticeably problematic’ place to be a journalist, report shows
Frank Sesno / @franksesno: America is judged by the company it keeps. For press freedom, it's Senegal and Romania. This report should alarm every American who treasures democracy and freedom. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
PEN America / @penamerican: The US has been classified as a “noticeably problematic” place to be a journalist, according to the World Press Freedom Index 2019.It has slipped three places to 48 out of 180 countries in the ranking, published on Thursday by the organization @RSF_inter http://www.cnbc.com/...
Rob Picheta / CNN: US slides down global press freedom rankings amid warning of ‘climate of fear’ for journalists
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook permanently bans far-right individuals and groups, like the British National Party, the English Defence League, and Britain First — Number of organisations and individuals permanently banned for being ‘dangerous’ — Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations …
Discussion: @rcolvile, @tom_watson, Engadget, @carljackmiller and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
Robert Colvile / @rcolvile: Reminder here that just a few years ago, Facebook was automatically suggesting organisations like this if you liked eg UKIP/Farage - algorithmic nudging towards extremism... http://twitter.com/...
Tom Watson / @tom_watson: Some of these groups banned from Facebook are the ones whose supporters were specifically targeted by Arron Banks and http://leave.eu/ with hateful anti-migrant ads during the ref. Our democracy remains deeply, perhaps irrevocably, tarnished. http://www.theguardian.com/...
Saqib Shah / Engadget: Facebook bans several major UK far-right groups
Carl Miller / @carljackmiller: Facebook bans EDL, Britain First, BNP. The problem with digital-first, far-right groups, however, is that a re-brand is literally as simple as setting up a new Facebook page under a different name. Consistent ideology, constantly changing names. http://www.theguardian.com/...
James Vincent / The Verge: Facebook bans UK's biggest far-right organizations, including EDL, BNP, and Britain First
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Judge denies claims against Weinstein Co. and Miramax in a suit by 10 women against Harvey Weinstein; a sex trafficking claim against Weinstein remains — - Judge says Weinstein himself must face sex-trafficking claim — Suit filed by 10 women who say companies enabled misconduct
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Money magazine will end its print edition after the June issue and become online-only following a failed sale attempt by Meredith — Money magazine is the latest print title to fold in a fading magazine industry. — Publishing house Meredith Wednesday said it is taking down the for sale sign …
Discussion: @readdanwrite and Talking Biz News