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11:20 PM ET, August 13, 2020


 Top News: 
Sources at publications partnering with Apple News+ say Apple did not tell them about changes that force News+ users into its app instead of to publisher sites  —  Publishers have long fumed that platforms such as Google and Amazon tie their services and products together in ways that are anti-competitive.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Newsweek stands by an op-ed by a former Kamala Harris opponent that used arcane arguments to question Harris' eligibility for VP  —  Newsweek magazine faced a blizzard of criticism over a column that questioned Senator Kamala Harris' eligibility for the vice presidency …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to launch “Apple One”, tiered subscription bundles, which will include Music, TV+, News+, and a new virtual fitness service, as early as October  —  - Company seeks more customer loyalty with twist on Amazon Prime  — Bundles to include video, music, news, fitness and more
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to start offering first video content bundle to TV+ subscribers, combining CBS All Access and Showtime for $9.99/mo, starting as early as Monday  —  - Subscribers will pay $9.99 for Showtime and CBS All Access  — Apple also plans push into services bundles for key offerings
Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Snap introduce election-related initiatives to provide information on topics like voter registration and where to vote  —  Tech giants are going all in on civic engagement efforts ahead of November's election to help protect themselves in case they're charged …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
YouTube bans videos containing info obtained through hacking that could interfere with the election and will remove content that encourages meddling in voting  —  The Google-owned video site will also take down content that encourage meddling in the voting process.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC will reopen more than 100 theaters on August 20 and expects to open two-thirds of its 600+ US theaters by September 3, when Tenet comes out  —  New York (CNN Business)AMC is finally reopening its theaters, and guests will need to spend just 15 cents to get in.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
USAGM has hired Frank Wuco, a former talk radio host who has called Obama a Kenyan and Nancy Pelosi a Botox-using Nazi, among other incendiary statements  —  The U.S. Agency for Global Media has hired Frank Wuco, a controversial former talk radio host who once called President Barack Obama …
Discussion: @dlippman, @dlippman and @media_evan
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Sources: USAGM put 7 senior leaders on leave and pulled their security clearances, in response to a pro-Joe Biden video and a review of foreign worker hiring
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Disney shut down more than 20 foreign channels last week and took a $4.9B charge against earnings to instead focus on international streaming via its Star brand  —  - TV channels, schools in China and ‘Frozen’ musical get the ax  — The former home-video chief pushes hard into streaming TV
WashPost PR:
Zeus Technology, WaPo's revenue platform, announces it will license its Zeus Performance ad framework and rendering engine to Tribune Publishing for 8 markets  —  Zeus Technology, the industry-leading revenue platform from The Washington Post, today announces it will license Zeus Performance …
New York Times:
Even prior to HK security law, Apple Daily had discussed destroying reporting notes, stopped using bylines, and organized legal briefings on responses to a raid  —  Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper known for celebrity gossip and hard-hitting investigations, has become a target in Beijing's new national security law in Hong Kong.
Wall Street Journal:
The trust now in charge of National Amusements is unlikely to be an obstacle to Shari Redstone and her ViacomCBS plans as she, her son, and two allies sit on it  —  Sumner Redstone's death tests stability of family's media empire  —  For nearly two decades, Shari Redstone fought to ensure …
Discussion: @benmullin
Wall Street Journal:
Sumner Redstone, the mogul who transformed National Amusements into a media empire that included Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and CBS, has died at 97
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Fanny Potkin / Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance's Indonesian news aggregator app BaBe censored content perceived as critical of the Chinese government between 2018 and mid-2020
The Wire:
Visas for resident foreign journalists in India remain suspended even as the country has allowed several other categories of foreign nationals to return
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Ann-Christine Diaz / Ad Age:
Court dismisses $25M defamation suit brought against Adweek and anonymous Instagram account Diet Madison Avenue by former Martin Agency CCO Joe Alexander
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Twitter staffers publicly called out an error by Daily Caller and National Review, which wrongly said Twitter hired an ex-Harris staffer to police POTUS tweets