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1:50 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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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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 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show says three executive producers have “parted ways” with the show, amid allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has overhauled its senior production team in the wake of accusations of racial insensitivity …
 
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Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
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