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11:55 AM ET, September 10, 2019


 Top News: 
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Quartz announces new four-person investigation team, focused on ramifications of tech, which will use machine learning developed by its Quartz AI studio  —  For nearly seven years, Quartz has been obsessed with how technology infuses our lives, from Machines with Brains (algorithms and robots) …
Discussion: @jkeefe and @charliebeckett
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Center for American Progress says ThinkProgress will not function as a sounding board for scholars at the think tank and will instead be archived  —  The recently closed progressive news site will no longer exist as a sounding board for think tank scholars after union complaints.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Marie Claire UK to cease print publication after 31 years  —  Women's title will continue online and overseas print editions are unaffected  —  The UK edition of Marie Claire is to cease publication after 31 years as the monthly women's title joins a growing list of magazines that have succumbed to the shift to digital reading.
Paul Smalera / Marker:
Medium launches Marker, a publication covering the world of business, with Paul Smalera as editor in chief  —  Ideas, investigations, and inspiration.  A new Medium publication about business.  —  Welcome to Marker!  We are a new publication focused on making you smarter about the world of business …
New York Times:
Hedge fund Elliott Management takes a $3.2B stake in AT&T, questions its media ambitions in open letter, suggests sale of non-core businesses including DirecTV  —  With its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner last year, AT&T announced to the world that it was becoming a new kind of corporate behemoth …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Attorneys general from 48 states, DC, and Puerto Rico launch an antitrust probe into Google, with an initial focus on its dominance in digital advertising  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday announced an antitrust investigation into Google , with the participation of 50 attorneys general.
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
UK MP committee report: the Foreign Office's media freedom campaign lacks focus, should include threat of sanctions against state actors targeting journalists  —  Report says UK should consider sanctions against political actors targeting journalists  —  The Foreign Office's campaign …
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Mark Cuban sells majority stake in his AXS TV and HDNet channels to Anthem Sports, with TV host Steve Harvey also investing and developing content with Anthem  —  Mark Cuban, Steve Harvey take equity stakes  —  Anthem Sports and Entertainment, on the prowl for scale-building assets …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Atlas Obscura raises $20M Series B, led by Airbnb, which will let users book Atlas Obscura trips and experiences through the platform  —  Travel and exploration website's trips and events to be listed on Airbnb as part of deal  —  Travel and exploration website Atlas Obscura has built …
Discussion: @besvinick and @alexisohanian
Daniella Byck / Washingtonian:
Politico Pro launched a vertical on cannabis policy this week, making it the first national news org with a dedicated cannabis team; free access until Sept. 30  —  The publication is the first national policy outlet with a dedicated cannabis team.  Don't expect any weed jokes.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Snapchat's creating a dedicated news channel within Discover, going live by Thursday's debate, with content from candidates and vetted news orgs  —  Snapchat is creating a dedicated news channel specifically for the 2020 debates.  It is also working with candidates to increase …
Discussion: @peterhamby and @janelytv
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
YouTube vowed to suspend comments on videos with kids age 13 and younger, but six months later, comments on such videos are still easy to find  —  YouTube is about to reposition how its massive online video service treats clips for children.  Following a record $170 million penalty …
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Nieman Lab:
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sports publishers like theScore and betting platforms like DraftKings are waging that combining content and gambling will help retain and grow audiences
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Italy-based Freeda Media raises $16M Series B led by existing investor Alven, aiming to expand its female-focused branded content to English-speaking markets
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