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8:25 PM ET, September 6, 2019

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The Daily Beast:
ThinkProgress, an editorially independent project of the think tank Center for American Progress, ends operations on Friday; a dozen staffers will be laid off  —  A search had been underway for a new publisher.  But none was found.  —  ThinkProgress, the influential news site that rose …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Spotify hires former CBS News President David Rhodes as a consultant to help expand into news and hires an executive from Facebook to oversee sports  —  Spotify has tapped former CBS News President David Rhodes as a consultant to help drive an expansion into news programming, say people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Variety
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Bloomberg corrects original story about Labor Department staffer who briefly quit after Bloomberg mistakenly implied he once shared anti-Semitic Facebook posts  —  Bloomberg Law has changed their headline for a now-famous story about a Trump Labor aide who resigned over an old Facebook post.
Washington Post:
Google says it will no longer accept ads for “unproven or experimental medical techniques,” including most stem cell therapy, cellular therapy, and gene therapy  —  “Untested, deceptive treatments” can endanger consumers, Internet giant says.  —  Responding to ubiquitous online marketing …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Crunchyroll, Otter Media's anime streaming-service, has acquired a majority stake in Viz Media Europe, a European distributor and manga publisher  —  Crunchyroll, the anime streaming-service division of WarnerMedia's Otter Media, entered into a pact to become the majority owner of Viz Media Europe …
Data & Society:
Report outlines techniques used by media manipulators that hide sources of false information to promote media uptake, such as evidence collages and leak forgery  —  Online media manipulators often use specific techniques to hide the source of the false and problematic information they circulate.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Internal memo from 85 NPR staffers shows backlash against news exec Nancy Barnes after she publicly criticized NPR's race relations coverage; Barnes apologized  —  Top news executive Nancy Barnes said publicly that NPR's coverage of race relations is ‘more lacking than we realized’
Anthony Crupi / Ad Age:
Nielsen: Thursday's NFL kickoff game drew a three-year ratings high for NBC, averaging 22M viewers; NBC streaming added another 627K viewers  —  Packers-Bears grudge match helps NBC scare up its biggest opening night since 2016  —  Thursday night's NFL Kickoff Game wasn't exactly one for the ages …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In a white paper, seven academics propose offering all taxpayers a $50 write-off to donate to a favorite news outlet, be it print, broadcast, or digital-only  —  Here is a novel idea for saving serious journalism: Give every adult American $50, via an income tax checkoff, to donate to a favorite news outlet.
Kali Hays / WWD:
British quarterly fashion magazine The Face, which relaunched its website in April, is now relaunching a print edition fifteen years after it was shut down  —  Don't expect a replay of some of the magazine's iconic moments.  The Face is new and it means business.
 
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: per RIAA, revenues from streaming up 26% YoY to $4.3B in H1 2019, accounting for ~80% of music industry's overall revenue; paid subscriptions grew 31%
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Trump Administration has offered up to £75K for an organization to take “influential” UK journalists on a tour of US farms to improve image of US agriculture
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Diane Solway, formerly a features and culture director at W Magazine, is named editor-in-chief at Surface Media, which is owned by Future Media Group
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Report: events from media orgs that promote person to person exchange are successful at building empathy for minorities and uniting voters across the spectrum
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Amazon blames a “technical error” for shipping ~800 embargoed copies of Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale a week early, angering indie booksellers
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Dennis Publishing, which acquired Kiplinger Washington Editors in February, has bought social media brand Car Throttle, with clients including Mercedes-Benz
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR names veteran broadcast and cable TV executive John Lansing as its new CEO, to replace Jarl Mohn, starting in mid-October
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the company is considering providing HR support, capital funding, health insurance, and other services to creators
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Jane Manchun Wong:
Medium's app code shows the company is working on an Instapaper-like reader app function that would let users save articles from the web to a reading list
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic reinstates its paywall, starting at $49.99 per year for digital access only; users will be able to access five free articles per month