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8:50 PM ET, September 7, 2019

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New York Times:
Joi Ito resigns from MIT Media Lab and boards of The NYT Company and Knight Foundation, following report he hid funding role of “disqualified” Jeffrey Epstein  —  Nearly a month after his death, Jeffrey Epstein continues to haunt some of America's most prestigious institutions.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
WH Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham attacks WaPo via an op-ed and tweets, leveling her harshest critiques off camera, a departure from predecessors' approach  —  Stephanie Grisham flashed signs this week of how she'll serve as Donald Trump's defender-in-chief, firing off a series …
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: Awful Announcing and Variety
Angela Lashbrook / onezero.medium.com:
Amazon has done little to improve Goodreads, which has basically remained a list-making app with design flaws and features that don't help avid readers  —  Despite Amazon's innovation elsewhere, Goodreads has stagnated for 12 years, and its problems are endless
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon shifts to a Netflix-like shorter theatrical release window for two films, with release dates based on when they will find the biggest audiences on Prime  —  In the wake of the underperforming ‘Late Night,’ the streamer is taking a page from Netflix's book: “Success for our films …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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