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4:50 PM ET, October 23, 2019

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BBC launches an interactive voice news service for Alexa, allowing users to skip stories or ask for more details about the ones they are interested in  —  The BBC is launching an interactive voice news service for Alexa, allowing people to skip stories or ask for more details about the items they are interested in.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:   While CNN's news aggregation app will probably not succeed, wanting to protect its brand by becoming more than a tiny icon in another company's app makes sense
Emily Bloch / Teen Vogue:
The Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has applied to trademark the term “fake news” to stop Trump from using it  —  In this op-ed, Teen Vogue reporter Emily Bloch explains why her local Society of Professional Journalists branch is sending Donald Trump cease …
Peter Oborne / openDemocracy:
UK journalists should stop letting themselves be used as a tool for anonymous government sources to spread lies, misrepresentations, smears, and falsehoods  —  It's chilling.  From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street's lies and smears.
John O'Nolan / Ghost:
Ghost, which builds open source publishing software, releases Ghost 3.0 with support for reader memberships and subscription revenue  —  Today we released the third major version of Ghost, representing a total of more than 15,000 commits across almost 300 releases.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC opens up Local News Partnership, its scheme created in 2017 to fund “local democracy reporters”, to black, Asian, and minority ethnic publications in UK  —  The BBC-funded local democracy reporting service has been opened up to news platforms aimed at black …
Siri Holstad Johannessen / INMA:
How Norway's Aftenposten increased subscriber revenue and decreased churn through Wine Club, its wine-focused newsletter started in 2017  —  Aftenposten has a long history with its loyalty programme for subscribers, which is called A-kortet.  With unique offers on events, concerts …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A deep look at local news newsletters from individual reporters, who often use tools like Substack and Revue and sometimes earn subscription revenue  —  Just as blogging allowed a new cadre of journalists to work outside established news organizations in the early 2000s, the email newsletter boom has done the same in local communities.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
CNN says its short-form video subsidiary, Great Big Story, now accounts for 15% of CNN International Commercial's digital revenue  —  Great Big Story has come a long way since its debut four years ago as CNN's social video experiment aimed at targeting younger audiences.
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
A look at the revival in digital music sales, which have grown from $14.3B in 2014 to $18.1B in 2018, mainly thanks to paid streaming services like Spotify  —  Imagine, for a moment, that Taylor Swift was wrong.  The reigning queen of country-tinged pop shocked fans in 2014 by abruptly …
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Omar Oakes / campaignlive.co.uk:
Discovery launches Dplay, an ad-supported, real-life entertainment streaming service with content from its free-to-air channels like Home, in the UK and Ireland
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Profile of Anand Giridharadas, a journalist and author whose 2018 book, Winners Take All, critiqued plutocrats who burnish their reputations with philanthropy
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
US House approves a copyright bill that would create a type of small claims court where copyright holders who were infringed can seek damages up to $30,000
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Business Insider and Campfire Productions are making a documentary about the unraveling of WeWork; Campfire produced the Netflix documentary The Innocent Man
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports it added 7M DAUs in Q3 to hit 210M, up 13% YoY, revenue of $446M, up 50% YoY, and a net loss of $227M, down from $325M a year ago
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The author of an anonymous 2018 NYT column identified as a senior Trump admin official has written a book, titled A WARNING, to be published in November
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Vox Media's Polygon will produce a seven-minute gaming and culture news show for Quibi's Daily Essential lineup
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Medium says it will now pay its Partner Program writers based “primarily” on reading time, not claps; the platform has paid $6M+ to 30,000+ writers since 2017
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee writes open letter to Nick Clegg asking why Facebook has dropped its ban on deceptive political ads
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon is giving away Disney+ for free for one year to all of its wireless customers on unlimited-data plans and to FiOS and 5G home internet customers