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3:45 PM ET, September 12, 2019

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Richard Gingras / The Keyword:
Google says it changed how it ranks stories and updated guidelines for evaluation of search results to help better identify and surface original news reporting  —  Google Search was built to provide everyone access to information on the web—and with tens of thousands of web pages …
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AT&T's WarnerMedia formally announces its deal with J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot, for TV, film, and streaming projects running through 2024  —  New York (CNN Business)J.J. Abrams has closed a wide-ranging deal that would make WarnerMedia the exclusive home of his production company, Bad Robot.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Walmart's Vudu is launching family-friendly features, like Family Play, which lets viewers automatically skip or mute “objectionable” content, and a kids' mode  —  Vudu, Walmart's video-streaming unit, is promising parents new tools to evaluate and control what their kids watch …
Denise Petski / Deadline:
BBC News will produce an international news show for short-form video startup Quibi, to be filmed in London five days a week and launching in April 2020  —  Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's short-form video platform, has announced a partnership with BBC News to produce …
Discussion: Variety and TechCrunch
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Lauren Petterson named president of Fox Business Network, replacing Brian Jones  —  Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott on Thursday announced a major change at the top of Fox Business Network: Lauren Petterson is replacing Brian Jones as president.  —  Petterson will continue to oversee talent development at Fox News Channel.
Alex Burness / The Colorado Independent:
As part of its $50K settlement with the Colorado Independent editor for wrongfully detaining her, Denver PD agrees to strengthen First Amendment training  —  Denver's Police Department has agreed to a $50,000 settlement with Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene, whose …
Discussion: @tinagriego
Edward Felsenthal / TIME:
Time magazine devotes entire issue to climate change: “what you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics,” writes EIC  —  This issue, if civilization can get its act together, might just mark a midpoint in TIME's coverage of the biggest crisis facing our planet.
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Audible will limit its Captions program, which shows text alongside narration, to public domain works until the copyright lawsuit filed by seven publishers ends  —  IBPA CEO Angela Bole said IBPA “sees benefit in something like the Audible Captions program, but not without proper permission …
Discussion: Bookseller News
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files a $400M suit against CBS alleging defamation for broadcast interviews with women he says falsely accused him of assault  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has filed a $400 million lawsuit against CBS, alleging the company defamed …
TechCrunch:
Spotify acquires SoundBetter, a music production marketplace for artists, producers, and musicians to connect on specific projects, for an undisclosed sum  —  Spotify today took another step in its efforts to build out services for artists to help diversify itself away from a business model predicated …
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Lacking ad buy figures, a comparison of the weight of the September issues of five fashion magazines shows significant declines since 2016, notably for Elle  —  The story of shrinking magazines and fewer ad pages is anything but new.  However, the lack of transparency in data reporting …
Discussion: bookforum.com
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with CNN's Daniel Dale, who says it's important to correct Trump falsehoods, intentional or unintentional, because he's consistently wrong on details  —  In June, CNN hired Daniel Dale, a reporter who had become—to the extent possible for reporters—famous, specifically for fact-checking.
 
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Sources: 40 people were let go from AXS TV after Mark Cuban's sale of his majority stake in the cable network and the channel HDNet Movies to Anthem Sports
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Congress on Tuesday for support of a bill that would let newspapers jointly negotiate with tech platforms
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Express, The Washington Post's free weekday paper for commuters, will close after 16 years on Thursday due to its financial condition; 20 journalists laid off
The Information:
Internal Facebook memo: editors for an upcoming news tab will exercise significant control over top stories, including judging the use of anonymous sources