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9:55 AM ET, September 2, 2020


 Top News: 
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission:
ACCC calls Facebook's “threat” to prevent sharing of news on its services in Australia ill-timed and misconceived  —  Facebook's threat today to prevent any sharing of news on its services in Australia is ill-timed and misconceived.  —  The draft media bargaining code aims …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook updates its terms of service globally, effective Oct. 1, allowing it to block content amid proposed Australian law that would force it to pay for news  —  - Change will give Facebook powers to remove or block content  — Mark Zuckerberg has long publicly championed free speech
New York Times:
Facebook warns it will block Australian users and news organizations from sharing news stories on Facebook and Instagram if the ACCC's proposal passes  —  The move, a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, could add to internet silos springing up around the world.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
VOA staff say Michael Pack is seeking political influence over coverage, in one instance violating the firewall that assures journalistic independence  —  Toggle more options  —  At the Voice of America, staffers say the Trump appointee leading their parent agency is threatening …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
The “stick to sports” mandate at ESPN and some rivals has largely faded away, and coverage has increased of athletes who have joined Black Lives Matter protests  —  New York (CNN Business)In the three years since ESPN denounced then-staffer Jemele Hill's tweets …
NBC News:
Facebook says, after an FBI tip, it took down several pages and accounts pushing a fake left-wing news outlet made by people linked to Russian troll group IRA  —  Some of Russia's most infamous internet trolls have launched a news website that hired real-life journalism freelancers …
Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:
Patreon says it has raised $90M at a $1.2B+ pre-money valuation, nearly twice the $660M valuation it had prior to a funding round last year  —  New Enterprise Associates and Wellington Management led the $90 million funding round  —  Membership platform Patreon Inc., which enables musicians …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
With NewsNation, Nexstar plans to air a politically neutral newscast, hiring staff to scrutinize stories for biased language and to monitor fairness of coverage  —  When entrepreneur Ted Turner first launched CNN in the early 1980s without any big name anchors, one of his credos was that the news …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Twitch makes Prime Video Watch Parties, previously confined to top US Twitch creators, available to every creator and viewer on the platform globally  —  Twitch has always wanted to be more than a video game streaming platform.  That's why it has a category dedicated to 'Just Chatting …
Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Sources: PE firm TPG is exploring a sale of Astound that could value the owner of the US network of regional cable TV and internet providers at more than $8B  —  (Reuters) - Private equity firm TPG is exploring a sale of Astound that could value the owner of a U.S. network of regional cable TV …
Discussion: Light Reading and Axios
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Indian media conglomerate Zee launches a premium VOD service called Zee Plex, as cinemas remain closed and a spate of Indian films go direct-to-OTT  —  The platform makes it likely that more top film titles will bypass cinemas and release directly online, at a time when Indian cinemas remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Google says it will raise the price for ads 2% in UK and 5% in Turkey and Austria to cover the cost of digital services taxes in Europe, starting in November  —  US tech group to charge additional fees in the UK, Turkey and Austria  —  Google is to pass on the cost of digital services taxes …
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New York Times:
NPD BookScan: 1,200+ titles about Trump have come out since 2016 vs. 500 about Obama in his first term as partisan books surge alongside media polarization
James Hibberd /
Dozens of past episodes of Joe Rogan's podcast with controversial guests including Alex Jones and Stefan Molyneux are missing from his new channel on Spotify
American Prospect:
Media access to incarcerated people is being further curtailed during the pandemic, as some prisons restrict phone interviews under the guise of public health
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Colorado News Collaborative, a new nonprofit coalition known as COLab, is assembling journalists from 60+ news orgs in the state to share resources/stories
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Artists can now livestream directly on Amazon Music across all streaming tiers through a partnership with Twitch
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T's exploring a sale of Xandr, its digital advertising unit, after acquiring one of its biggest components, ad exchange AppNexus, in 2018 for ~$1.6B
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Black Kenosha News journalist quits the paper over a since-changed headline that highlighted a threat made by one of several speakers at a peaceful rally
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A leading antitrust scholar says Google's ad marketplace should be regulated as it both runs the market and competes as its biggest buyer and seller