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3:30 PM ET, August 18, 2020

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Megan Janetsky / Poynter:
The pandemic is throwing international reporting into a crisis, mostly affecting freelancers' work and turning large swaths of the world into news deserts  —  I was in rural Guatemala following the lives of former migrants when the pandemic hit like a sledgehammer.
Brian Bumbery / Apple:
Apple renames Beats 1, its streaming radio station, Apple Music 1 and launches two new radio stations: Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country  —  Apple Music 1 and two new stations, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country, feature exclusive original shows from the world's top music hosts and artists
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Amber Neely / AppleInsider:
Apple launches its first Apple TV+ bundle, allowing users to add CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 a month
Brent Lang / Variety:
NBCU vice chairman Ron Meyer steps down after disclosing that he was being extorted over his affair with a woman who threatened to also “falsely implicate” NBCU  —  Ron Meyer is stepping down as vice chairman of NBCUniversal after disclosing that he reached a private settlement …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ViacomCBS is in talks to sell CNET for ~$500M to Red Ventures, which runs consumer sites Bankrate and Reviews.com, as it looks to shed noncore assets  —  Discussions value CNET at about $500 million; media company has been looking to shed noncore assets after last year's merger
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snap is testing a feature that would allow users to share Snapchat content, like original shows and content from its Discover partners, off of the platform  —  Snapchat is testing a feature that would allow users to share Snapchat content that is not their own off of the platform, sources tell Axios.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Group Nine's NowThis is launching NowThis Kids aimed at children aged 6 to 11, starting with a YouTube channel, podcast, and newsletter  —  NowThis, the millennial-focused video brand from Group Nine Media, is launching a new brand aimed at children of millennials called “NowThis Kids,” executives tell Axios.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
To avoid airing a Democratic infomercial and lacking breaks in the virtual convention, news shows talked over the DNC production, creating an unwatchable result  —  In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, which opened last night, fans of convention pomp mourned the likely shortcomings …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
As the pandemic destroys ad revenue, some publishers, like Bustle, Thrillist, and The Strategist, are seeing success in affiliate and commerce deals  —  With advertising revenue down across the board during the continuing coronavirus crisis, publishers are relying more on revenue cultivated from readers …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Former Sports Illustrated owner Meredith is suing its current owner TheMaven for alleged breach of contract, claiming over $1M in unpaid fees  —  The latest development with under-fire Sports Illustrated operator TheMaven has them being sued for over a million dollars in unpaid fees by former SI owner Meredith.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
To make up for lost ticket sales, sports clubs are using Facebook's Fan Subscription Pages to sell content like streams of games and interviews with players  —  In the scramble to replace revenue lost to the coronavirus pandemic, some sports clubs are selling content exclusively on Facebook.
DW.COM:
After initially failing to cover protests, employees of Belarus state broadcaster went on strike Monday and demanded an end to media censorship  —  Staff at Belarus' state broadcaster have walked off the job in support of mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney+ is launching in Latin America on November 17  —  Disney+ continues its expansion, and this time, the streaming giant is headed to Latin America and Brazil.  The streamer announced the news via an ironic tweet today and “accidentally” revealed the service will debut on Nov. 17.
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
By embracing conservative talking points about government agencies, media missed the story about the decimation of USPS long before Trump was elected  —  Four months ago, the United States Postal Service warned Congress that it could run out of money by September, requesting a $75 billion bailout amid …
 
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
An in-depth look at how Fox News and Sean Hannity propagated a conspiracy theory about DNC staffer Seth Rich, leading to heartbreak and turmoil for his family
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show says three executive producers have “parted ways” with the show, amid allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
As Trump sabotages USPS, media organizations should take everything they were going to spend on the conventions and use it for covering the threat to democracy
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Google warns Australians that a plan to make it pay for news content threatens privacy, free Search and YouTube; ACCC says the open letter contains misinfo