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11:00 AM ET, September 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Dawn Chmielewski / Forbes:
Profile of Reed Hastings as Netflix thrives during the pandemic, adding ~1M subscribers/month in the US and Canada and another 2M/month globally since March  —  The man responsible for keeping the world entertained does so, at least this day, alone in front of a computer screen, in his son's largely unadorned childhood bedroom.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with Reed Hastings, on the future of Hollywood, the US election and social media, his new book about Netflix's aggressive company culture, and more  —  Netflix started with sending DVDs — remember them? — through the mail, but now the streaming pioneer sits atop a Hollywood it has thoroughly upended.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett names Mayur Gupta to the newly created position of chief marketing and strategy officer as the newspaper chain focuses on attracting digital subscribers  —  Covid-19 crisis hurts advertising revenue, as challenges grow for company's local markets  —  Gannett Co. has named Mayur Gupta …
Discussion: The Media Nut
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Tribune Publishing, which announced the closure of Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis last month, barred staff from holding a farewell event at the building  —  In Annapolis, the roots of the Annapolis Capital and Maryland Gazette newspapers date to the Gazette's founding in 1727.
Matthew Doran / ABC:
Two correspondents for Australia's ABC and Australian Financial Review rushed out of China on Monday after diplomatic standoff and police demands for interviews  —  The ABC and Australian Financial Review have rushed their China correspondents out of the country after police demanded interviews …
Tom Pritchard / Gizmodo UK:
Gizmodo UK's editor says it will cease operations on September 9 after Future Publishing decided to stop licensing the brand from G/O Media  —  Gizmodo UK began life towards the end of September in 2011, almost nine years ago now.  That was a time when smartphones were still novelties …
Kit Rees / Bloomberg:
Shares in Future are up 15% this year after 2019's 200% jump; Future says visitors to its sites, including Tom's Guide, in Aug. rose 25% YoY in UK and 40% in US
Discussion: interactive investor
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Disney faces criticism for thanking a Chinese bureau tied to Uyghur concentration camps and four other Chinese propaganda departments in the credits for Mulan  —  Disney's “Mulan” remake is facing scrutiny after its credits thanked the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security …
Damien Spry / The Conversation:
ACCC's proposal that Google and Facebook pay for news won't work because it misunderstands digital advertising, where content is secondary to audience targeting  —  Google and Facebook have threatened to limit or remove news services for Australian users, in response to the Australian Competition …
Discussion: The Guardian, Digiday and MediaNama
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media is creating ~24 new jobs for its new central digital content team and cutting 20-30 editorial jobs as its focus shifts to online readership  —  Yorkshire Post and Scotsman owner JPI Media is planning to cut up to 30 jobs in its community and design teams as it shifts focus further onto content …
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
Joshua Yaffa / New Yorker:
Compared to the likes of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Donald Trump, the perceived menace of disinfo from Russian trolls far surpasses its actual reach  —  The spectre of foreign manipulation looms over the coming election.  But in focussing on the ­tactics of the aggressors we overlook our weaknesses as victims.
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
A historic drop in releases of pirated content has followed a US-led bust targeting SPARKS and other piracy communities, with dozens of topsites taken down  —  Every day, millions of people download or stream pirated content including movies, TV-shows, games, MP3s, and books.
Discussion: @whatthebit
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In a widely-watched North American opening weekend, Nolan's Tenet collected an estimated $20.2M; global tickets sales after two weeks have reached $129M
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC broadcasters say they are furious over new rules restricting “partisan” use of Twitter, as freelancers wonder whether the rules apply to them
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Trump's attacks on journalists, supported by the GOP and Fox News, make reporters into stars, they face the temptation to posture for those eager to oust him
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media must start preparing the public for the possible election-night uncertainty now and resist answering the question “who won?” until it is settled