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2:00 PM ET, September 12, 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. "
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Congressional report finds USA Today's Susan Page, who is to moderate a VP debate, hosted an event at her home honoring Medicare boss Seema Verma in Nov. 2018  —  An online backlash following reports of Verma's PR spending.  But it didn't underwrite Page's party, which USA today says was …
Joe Otterson / Variety:
The NFL season kickoff game Thursday averaged 19.3M viewers, about a 13% drop from 2019's kickoff  —  The NFL season kicked off on Thursday night, dominating the television ratings for the evening while still seeing a decline from the opening game in 2019.  —  Defending Super Bowl champions …
Maria Bustillos / The Nation:
How book publishers are trying to turn the age-old library system into a “reading as a service” operation through their lawsuit against the Internet Archive  —  In a lawsuit against the Internet Archive, the largest corporations in publishing want to change what it means to own a book.
Sarah Manavis / New Statesman:
Goodreads has held on to its dominant spot online despite being nearly unusable, but its reign is now being challenged by competitors, including The StoryGraph  —  On a typical day, a long-time user of Goodreads, the world's largest community for reviewing and recommending books, will feel like they're losing their mind.
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
Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporters around the world discuss the repression they have faced, like obfuscation, detention, and threats, as they cover the COVID-19 pandemic  —  The coronavirus pandemic touches every corner of the earth.  In two hundred thirteen countries, more than eight hundred thousand people have died …
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
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.
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% …
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Twitter expands election misinfo policies, prohibiting misleading claims about results, “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent peaceful transfer of power, more