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1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2020


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New York Times:
DOJ orders Al Jazeera's digital news network AJ+ to register as a foreign agent, saying it engages in “political activities” on behalf of Qatar's government  —  The Justice Department says AJ+, a media outlet backed by the royal family of Qatar, engages in “political activities.”
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple One bundles launch with discounts on services including Music, TV+, Arcade, iCloud storage, Fitness+, and News+ and tiers between $15 and $30/month  —  The hardware giant leans into its software offerings  —  The long-rumored bundle bringing together Apple Music, Apple TV Plus …
Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Spotify calls on authorities to restrict “Apple's anti-competitive behavior”; Apple says alternatives to its services exist, bundling can save customers money
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it will cut less than 3% of its overall staff, affecting fewer than 100 people and with no on-air talent impacted  —  Fox News Media expects to cut less than 3% of its overall staff as the unit, the financial engine of parent Fox Corporation, works to make its operations more efficient after a period of expansion.
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald editors apologize for including a paid insert with anti-Semitic, racist articles, for months, in the Spanish-language edition  —  Subscribers to el Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, opened their papers on Friday to find a paid insert called “LIBRE.”
AT&T CEO John Stankey says it will launch an ad-supported version of HBO Max next spring at a lower price  —  - CEO Stankey says service will also include extra programming  — Company's aim is to reach widest possible audience for network  —  AT&T Inc. will debut an ad-supported version …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Music adds podcasts for free across its subscription and ad-supported tiers, with original, exclusive shows hosted by DJ Khaled, Will Smith, and others  —  Company looks to draw new listeners with 70,000 titles, including originals from DJ Khaled  —  Now playing on Amazon Music: podcasts.
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
The Daily Wire plans to move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville; 75 employees have until Oct. 1 to decide whether to make the move  —  The Daily Wire, the conservative media company started by Ben Shapiro, Jeremy Boreing and Caleb Robinson, plans to move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Off-the-record schmoozefests like the one at Susan Page's house for Seema Verma should end, along with the White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  From the perspective of the Washington women involved in “Girls' Night Out,” the social gathering was friendly, professionally helpful, and harmless.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook says automatic captions will now be available for IGTV in 16 languages globally, after adding the same feature to Facebook Live and Workplace in March  —  Facebook today announced the availability of automatic captions for Instagram TV (IGTV), beginning with captions for on-demand videos in 16 languages globally.
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Josh Reyes / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Tribune closes the Daily Press offices in Newport News, VA; filing: Tribune didn't pay rent for April, May, and June for the majority of its facilities  —  Tribune Publishing will close the Daily Press' office in Newport News' City Center, according to an email sent to staff Tuesday morning.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump says he will be resuming weekly appearances on Fox and Friends, as he did until 2015, though co-host Steve Doocy says Fox hasn't committed to that
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