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6:55 PM ET, September 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Clare Malone / New York Magazine:
Profile of Ben Smith, NYT's Media Equation columnist, who is deeply devoted to scoops, intrigued by raw power, and is unafraid of making people uncomfortable  —  Puckish chaos agent" is how Charlie Warzel describes his former BuzzFeed News boss and current New York Times colleague Ben Smith. "
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
A month after the launch of TikTok's $200M fund, some creators are complaining about the low payouts and lack of transparency in how payouts are calculated  —  Users say the platform's new Creator Fund is opaque and riddled with problems.  The company says it's listening.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri says the company needs to “make our case as strongly as we can” against Apple's planned changes to IDFA tracking in iOS 14  —  - Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said the company will push back on a planned change to Apple's iPhone operating system that would impact …
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Trump campaign kicked out a NYT freelancer from a rally in Michigan; NYT says campaign refused to credential her, so she was attending as a member of the public  —  A Times correspondent wrote, “First for me: Trump campaign tracked me down from pics I tweeted and escorted me out.”
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney confirms it is testing GroupWatch, a watch party feature for Disney+, with some users in Canada and expects to roll it out to other markets this fall  —  In Canada now, with more locations coming this fall  —  Disney is currently testing a new feature that will allow Disney Plus subscribers …
Discussion: @andrewbucholtz, Engadget and 9to5Mac
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Politico Europe became profitable in 2019 with net income of €0.7M on revenue of €18.2M, says 60%+ of its revenue comes from subscriptions, which are up 20% YoY  —  Politico Europe hit its first year of profitability before going into 2020.  Now, it plans to grow revenue between 9% …
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
The Correspondent launches apps in English and Dutch for its audio stories with plans to integrate live Q&As between journalists and members  —  The Correspondent, famous for their 2018 ‘unbreak the news’ crowdfunding campaign, are branching out into audio to bring their journalism to members in new ways.
Discussion: @estherkeziat
Courtney Radsch / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with president of Australia's journalist union on what amendments need to be made to the news media bargaining code to ensure fair fund distribution  —  Facebook threatened to prevent Australian users and publishers from posting news on its platform last week, raising questions …
Discussion: Reason
Hija Kamran / Digital Rights Monitor:
UN expresses concern as more than 150 female journalists in Pakistan demand an end to violence directed at them online by people associated with the government  —  The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), expressed concerns over the prevailing situation …
Discussion: OHCHR and @niemanlab
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Rob Williams / MediaPost:
Apple to enable offer codes that publishers can create to unlock offers for use by readers using iPhone or iPad apps to read newspapers and magazines
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who left Twitch for an exclusive deal with Mixer in August 2019, is back on Twitch, exclusively, in a multiyear deal with the site
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Times Internet reports 67B page views, up from 47B last year, says it has 557M MAUs and 111M+ DAUs, with MX Player at 200M+ MAUs and Gaana at 185M MAUs
Vox Media:
Verge EIC Nilay Patel will host a new podcast, Decoder with Nilay Patel, a relaunch this fall of Kara Swisher's interview show, Recode Decode
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cuties, a French film released in the US this week, triggers a backlash against Netflix by critics who say the film overly sexualizes children
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google says it will remove Autocomplete suggestions that endorse or oppose a candidate or a party or make a voting claim, says it improved breaking news systems
Kathryn Lundstrom / Adweek:
TAG debuts a $10K/year brand safety certification program to prevent ad misplacement and fraud, with 112 companies certified, including Facebook and Google
Discussion: @nandoodles and MediaPost
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
In March 2016, CNN's Jeff Zucker floated a weekly show for Trump and offered debate advice, according to audio of his chat with ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Twitter expands election misinfo policies, prohibiting misleading claims about results, “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent peaceful transfer of power, more
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Megyn Kelly to launch production company Devil May Care Media, which will back podcasts and other shows on current events, starting with her own podcast