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12:55 PM ET, August 27, 2020


 Top News: 
Financial Times:
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, a former Disney exec, resigns, sources say after Trump's ban threats; Vanessa Pappas, currently GM of TikTok, will become interim head  —  Former Disney executive resigns just months after appointment by Chinese video platform  —  Kevin Mayer has quit TikTok just months …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Joe Budden, one of Spotify's biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving Spotify on Sept. 23, claiming it “is pillaging” his audience and won't give him a bonus  —  “I cannot tell you where this podcast will be.”  —  Joe Budden, one of Spotify's biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving the platform.
Danny Peterson / TheStreet:
Ross Levinsohn is named CEO of Maven, operator of Sports Illustrated and TheStreet, replacing founder James Heckman, who moves into business development  —  Maven announces management transition and new funding.  Ross Levinsohn is named the new CEO of Maven overseeing media brands Sports Illustrated and TheStreet.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media enabled Kellyanne Conway by not forcefully calling out Hatch Act violations, giving her tons of airtime, and offering kid-glove treatment for inside info
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook warns publishers that Apple's upcoming privacy changes in iOS 14, which clamp down on ad tracking IDFA usage, will make Audience Network less effective  —  Facebook is warning advertisers that they can expect weaker ad performance from iPhone users once iOS 14 comes out next month …
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Despite assurances that Beijing's national security law would not affect media freedom, a Hong Kong Free Press journalist has been denied a visa  —  Irish journalist Aaron McNicholas's visa was rejected in what's believed to the first such case at a local title
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
News UK says e-commerce and affiliate revenue from The Sun has grown into a seven-figure business, three years after launching the Sun Selects section  —  A year ago, U.K. tabloid The Sun made the decision to split out its product recommendations and buying guides into its own section, called Sun Savers.
Discussion: @glenngabe
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Restream, a service that helps creators stream to around 30 platforms simultaneously, raises $50M Series A co-led by Sapphire Ventures and Insight Partners  —  Live streaming of video has come into its own during the coronavirus pandemic, with services like Zoom, YouTube, Twitch …
Maria Puente / USA Today:
Some criticize the commodification of Breonna Taylor's image after September issues of O Magazine and Vanity Fair feature her on their covers  —  Vanity Fair's September issue is all about art, activism and power in 21st-century America, and a portrait of Breonna Taylor - by Amy Sherald …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Keith Boykin / The Guardian:
Tucker Carlson defended the actions of a 17-year-old charged with killing two people in Kenosha, saying the teen “had to maintain order when no one else would”  —  The rightwing Fox News host Tucker Carlson has defended the actions of a 17-year-old who was arrested and charged …
Substack Blog:
Substack to support paid subscriptions for writers based in India; the feature is in beta and Substack will waive its 10% fee during the beta period  —  If you're a writer based in India who'd like to offer paid subscriptions, we've got good news for you: Substack now supports paid subscriptions in India.
Rafat Ali / Skift:
A few lessons for the events industry from digital turning points in music, video, and news industries, as Zoom transforms events like Napster changed music  —  All types of business events are in danger of their revenue streams of tickets, sponsorships, memberships, and other types of fees being eroded.
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