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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Sara Jerde / Adweek: National Enquirer and Sister Publications Sold to Owner and CEO of Hudson News, James Cohen
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
Edmund Lee / New York Times: National Enquirer to Be Sold to James Cohen, Heir to Hudson News Founder
Jon Levine / The Wrap: Hudson News CEO James Cohen to Buy National Enquirer for $100 Million (Report)
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/ ...
David K. Li / NBC News: National Enquirer sold to Hudson News CEO James Cohen
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/...
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 The Verge, 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)
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, 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
Frank Pallotta / CNN: Netflix to open production hub in New York City
Alex Weprin / MediaPost: Netflix To Open New York City Production Hub
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: American Press Institute, @niemanlab, @gvnordheim, @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
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: @charliemagne, @bobsaietta, @michellemanafy, @bobsaietta, @bobsaietta and Deadspin
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
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, Observer, @jakebythesouth, The Playlist and IndieWire
Todd Spangler / Variety: MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year (Report)
Brandon Katz / Observer: After Losing 90 Percent of Its Subscribers, Is MoviePass on the Brink of Extinction?
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
Charles Barfield / The Playlist: New Report Shows MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% Of Its Subscribers In Less Than A Year
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, The Verge, Engadget and @carljackmiller, 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/...
James Vincent / The Verge: Facebook bans UK's biggest far-right organizations, including EDL, BNP, and Britain First
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/...
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A NYT story on Bernie Sanders and a think tank prompted criticism of NYT reporters on Twitter and questions about their interview of the think tank leader's mom — The relationship between Bernie Sanders supporters and the Hillary Clinton camp was famously bitter during the 2016 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @davidegreenwald, @mertzdiner, @mattbc, @regwag2003, @regwag2003, @molly_knight, @alyssamastro44, @_waleedshahid, @jess_mc, @jestei, @neeratanden, @jbenton, The Daily Beast, @kirstenpowers and Politico
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab: Is it okay for a journalist to block a critic — not a troll, just a critic — on Twitter?
David Greenwald / @davidegreenwald: It's not OK for NYT reporters to do this when they removed their public editor position with the excuse that they were taking reader feedback instead http://twitter.com/...
Stephen Smith / @mertzdiner: What is wrong with you people? There is no critical-mass-of-NYT-reporters- tweeting-that-this-article-was-a-good- idea that will make it a good idea retroactively. If you're not moving in the direction of acknowledging your paper did something wrong, just stop talking about it
@mattbc: Here's a NYT “journalist” threatening to dox a reader for ... doing exactly what the NYT asked its readers to do when it eliminated the public editor position. https://twitter.com/...
Regina / @regwag2003: Fascinating development in this already surreal timeline pic.twitter.com/ltd0v495i9
Regina / @regwag2003: NYT: “We will use Twitter instead of a public editor to gauge reader reactions and concerns” NYT: *runs gossipy hatchet job on their front page* Twitter: 😡😡😡😡 😡😡 NYT: “You know what we should do? Double down!” pic.twitter.com/36K9pB2Yov
Molly Knight / @molly_knight: As someone who has called mothers to report stories more times than I can count, I think dialing up an 80 year old immigrant who doesn't understand she's on the record, refusing to go off the record, and then using her words to hurt her daughter is indefensible.
@alyssamastro44: a reporter called my mom years ago and mom talked to them bc moms don't know about “off the record” and reporters know that. and it's so fucking uncool. profoundly sad+mad on behalf of @neeratanden and her mom, Maya https://twitter.com/...
Waleed Shahid / @_waleedshahid: The quotes from Neera Tanden's mom distract from bigger concerns: CAP's donations from UAE, Wall St, large corporations; hitting an editor for questioning Hillary on Iraq; friendliness toward Netanyahu to court a major donor; attacking Medicare for All. http://www.nytimes.com/...
Jess Mcintosh / @jess_mc: A profile usually has *multiple* people quoted about the subject — it talks about their childhood, schooling, hobbies, romantic life etc. This was not that. And it's incredibly disturbing to be gaslit by a newspaper. https://twitter.com/...
Jennifer Steinhauer / @jestei: 1. Mothers are the best character witnesses as @nytliz demonstrated 2. Saying a mother is a “victim” for taking a call from a reporter smacks of ageism 3. If I write a profile of you, I will call your mother 4. Thanks bye
Neera Tanden / @neeratanden: I love my mom. She's not involved in politics. And this is all very upsetting to her. https://twitter.com/...
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: Is it okay for a journalist to block a critic — not a troll or abuser, just a legitimate critic — on Twitter? http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast: ‘New York Times’ Contacts Article Subject's Mother. Twitter Erupts In Fury.
Kirsten Powers / @kirstenpowers: What the @nytimes did here is beyond shameful. It was such a blatant hit piece and they took advantage of @neeratanden's mom. There actually *is* a way to cover intraparty disagreements w out demonizing a female leader. https://twitter.com/...
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!
Discussion: RAIN News, CNET, VentureBeat, Thurrott, Android Police, TechCrunch, CNET, Engadget, The Verge and 9to5Google, more at Techmeme »
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: Amazon launches free, ad-supported music service for Alexa devices
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: YouTube Music launches on Google Home
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott: Google Home Users Get Free, Ad-Supported YouTube Music
Corbin Davenport / Android Police: Limited ad-supported YouTube Music now free on Google Home
Andrew Gebhart / CNET: You can now play YouTube Music on your Google Home for free
Rachel England / Engadget: YouTube Music is free on Google Home, if you don't mind ads
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Mueller investigators that her comments to media saying FBI agents lost confidence in Comey were “not founded on anything” — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller's team …
Discussion: Mediaite, Multichannel News, Washington Post, Multichannel News, @jjohnsonlaw, The Cut, Mother Jones, HuffPost and CNN
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite: 7 Biggest Takeaways From the Mueller Report
John Eggerton / Multichannel News: Mueller Report: Sanders Concedes Misleading Press on One Comey Firing Defense
Janet Johnson / @jjohnsonlaw: I get the snark about @PressSec lying. We know she lies. But admitting, under oath, that she purposefully mislead the press corps from our press room is not something we should think is nbd. It's stunningly awful and not normal.
Lisa Ryan / The Cut: Here's the Moment Sarah Sanders Admitted to Lying
Dan Spinelli / Mother Jones: Sarah Sanders Admitted to the Special Counsel That She Lied About Comey
Hayley Miller / HuffPost: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Lied About Details Of James Comey's Firing: Mueller Report
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN: Sarah Sanders admitted to providing media baseless information about Comey: Mueller report