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9:10 AM ET, September 9, 2020


 Top News: 
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Source: digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain have ended merger talks after failing to agree on revised deal terms, a year after announcing merger  —  - Nearly a year after announcing a deal to unite, merger talks between digital advertising platforms Taboola and Outbrain have ended.
Hollywood Reporter:
Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of content who spent nearly two decades at the company, is out, and Bela Bajaria has been promoted to the new role of VP of global TV  —  The 18-year Netflix veteran is leaving as newly appointed co-CEO Ted Sarandos looks to streamline the streamer's TV operations
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Randall Rothenberg to step down as CEO of IAB after 14 years; David Cohen, who served as president of IAB since March 2020, to be the new CEO  —  Randall Rothenberg is relinquishing his role as CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau after 14 years atop the digital advertising and marketing trade association.
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 …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Three Senate Republicans introduced a new bill aiming to narrow the scope of Section 230, modifying platforms' protections through more restrictive language  —  Republican Sens. Roger Wicker (Miss.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed …
Australia targeted Chinese media officials as part of investigation into alleged foreign interference; China says homes of its journalists were raided in June  —  Senior Chinese media officials in Australia have been targeted and the visas of two leading Chinese scholars have been revoked …
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
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A lawyer hired to investigate VOA news coverage for potential anti-Trump bias has a court protective order against him, raising questions about agency hiring  —  The CEO appointed by President Trump to lead the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded international broadcasters …
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Facebook apologizes for “technical issue” that it says caused its ads to appear on publisher websites in its iOS app's browser, without publishers' permission  —  Facebook has apologized for what it has described as a “technical issue” that caused its ads to appear …
Discussion: @larakiara
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
In the latest iOS 14 beta, Smart App Banners prompt users to open stories in the News app when they open webpages of a News+ partner, instead of publisher apps  —  Apple has made a change to its Smart App Banner API that points users to the Apple News app instead of a third-party app …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic unveils a three week concert series on Fortnite, starting Sept. 12, which will broadcast from a new LA studio specially outfitted for live performances  —  It starts with Dominic Fike performing on Saturday  —  Music is about to become a much bigger part of Fortnite.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Apple TV app is now available on Vizio's SmartCast-enabled TV sets in the US and Canada, with three free months of Apple TV+ for users in the US
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Stars and Stripes ombudsman says he reckons three years of Trump's anti-press messaging emboldened Pentagon members to cut funding for the independent outlet
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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
Discussion: @bbcdouglasf
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
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
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