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11:45 AM ET, September 18, 2019


 Top News: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
US files civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden after the publication of his book Permanent Record, alleging he violated NDA agreements with the CIA and NSA  —  The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
NYT announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español, which debuted in 2016, saying it was not financially successful  —  The New York Times on Tuesday announced the closure of its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español.
Max Willens / Digiday:
BuzzFeed refocuses its sales strategy as CRO Lee Brown leaves for Spotify; Jonah Peretti continues president search, expects to fill the role within months  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti has been talking about revenue diversification and balance for years.  Following his company's latest …
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
Interview with Lauren Duca, deemed both a phony and a feminist icon who faced online harassment, as she tries, and sometimes fails, to inspire young people  —  The viral writer wants to galvanize young people with her new book, How to Start a Revolution.  But past controversies …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook debuts $149 Portal TV, a streaming box supporting Prime Video, Showtime, and CBS All Access that can also make video calls while viewing Facebook Watch  —  Bringing friends and family to the biggest screen in the house  —  Facebook is bringing its connected device strategy to the television.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: as Amazon gets ready to add linear TV channels to IMDb TV, partners push back against its plans to sell all ads with 55% revenue share to publishers  —  Amazon's free, ad-supported streaming video service IMDb TV plans to follow rival services by adding linear channels from TV networks …
Discussion: @tvrev
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facing mounting antitrust pressure, Google and Facebook have been cozying up to publishers, offering oft-requested fees and news-ranking changes  —  Facing mounting antitrust probes, tech platforms offer fees, news-ranking changes media outlets have pursued for years
Discussion: @buzzfeedben
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook shares more on its upcoming Oversight Board for content decisions and how members are picked, says decisions will be binding even if Facebook disagrees  —  'The board's decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,' says Zuckerberg
The Daily Beast:
How David Brock's Shareblue is hoping to play a more active and harder-nosed reporting role in the progressive media space ahead of the 2020 election  —  His site, Shareblue, is staffing up as others in the progressive media universe are cutting back.  And there are big plans in store too.
The Information:
Sources: Snap is in early talks with media companies about powering a dedicated news “tab” within the Discover section of the Snapchat app  —  Snap is in early talks with media companies about powering a dedicated news section inside the Snapchat app, according to six people familiar with the talks.
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
NBCUniversal says its ad- and subscription-supported streaming service will be called Peacock and will launch in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content  —  NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service finally has a name — Peacock — and a whole bunch of newly announced programming.
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
News aggregation app SmartNews debuts News from All Sides, a feature that lets users see articles about an event from sources across the political spectrum
Discussion: @baekdal
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
VENN, a Cheddar-like TV network that wants to mix esports with Twitch-like game streaming, raises $17M seed round, plans to launch in 2020
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Picks: 
Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist at NPR and ABC News, has died at 75
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post announces Zeus Prime, which will sell automated ads across a network of media companies that license its Zeus products
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
HBO Max secures exclusive five-year streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the US, and TBS extends rerun rights to 2028; source says deal is worth ~$600M