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3:35 PM ET, September 16, 2019


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Washington Post:
The dearth of TikTok videos on Hong Kong protests offers a glimpse of how China could shape the perception of real-world events by US and global audiences  —  Hong Kong unrest features prominently on most social media, but not on TikTok  —  A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals …
What's New in Publishing:
A look at TopBuzz, the English version of ByteDance's Chinese AI-powered news aggregator Toutiao, that rose from 1.8M MAUs in Nov. 2017 to 23M MAUs by Oct. 2018  —  The MIT Technology Review called it “the insanely popular Chinese news app that you've never heard of.”
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix acquires the global rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 when Amazon and Hulu's rights expire; Hulu was paying $150M a year for US rights  —  Netflix has fired back in the battle for popular network sitcoms by landing the global streaming rights to “Seinfeld.”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A well-reported book offers a thoughtful exploration of the Kavanaugh saga, but its newsworthy information is lost in the furor over a botched NYT excerpt  —  If you happened to see the excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in print, you might have flipped right past it.
Discussion: @kerrylauerman
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
NYT corrects story with new Kavanaugh allegation, says full account from upcoming book notes that friends of woman involved say she does not recall the incident  —  When the New York Times revealed a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh this weekend …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
New York Times gets heavily criticized over a now-deleted tweet that described sexual assault as “harmless fun”
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Since CJR and The Nation announced Covering Climate Now in July to spur focused climate crisis coverage, over 250 news outlets have committed to the effort  —  New York (CNN Business)More than 250 news outlets around the world have committed to Covering Climate Now.  —  What is it?
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Endeavor, Ari Emanuel's entertainment company, seeks to raise $600M+ at a valuation of ~$8B in its IPO  —  The entertainment company's IPO is now expected this fall.  —  Endeavor hopes to raise $600 million-plus in its initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities …
CBC News:
Facebook says it is planning changes to tool allowing advertisers to rewrite news story headlines after UK's Conservative party altered a BBC headline in an ad  —  BBC article used in ad with a changed headline that contradicted article content  —  Advertisers on Facebook are able …
Discussion: CNET, more at Techmeme »
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Daily Beast says cutting the cost of Beast Inside by 65% over the past 15 months to $35/year has led to conversion rates 5x that of initial $100/year  —  Since The Daily Beast launched its membership program, Beast Inside, last summer, the IAC-owned news brand has managed to improve …
The Guardian apologizes for publishing an editorial that originally said that ex-UK PM David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son  —  The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son.
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil announce $100M grant for content sites and others using Web Monetization, a proposed browser standard for micropayments  —  Funding online content with small consumer payments rather than intrusive and privacy-compromising ads has for years been a goal for many internet theorists and publishers.
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
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Wall Street Journal:
As AT&T's CEO plans to retire, AT&T's TV business keeps declining, the Time Warner integration looks shaky, and now an activist shareholder pushes for changes
Online News Association:
2019 Online Journalism Awards announced: winners include WSJ, ProPublica, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NYT, WaPo, The Seattle Times, Univision, and CNN