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7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2020


 Top News: 
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A look at Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and the approval of the deal by the FTC, which was pivotal in it becoming a dominant digital advertising player  —  The $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 was a “game changer.”  A growing number of antitrust experts say it's the sort of deal that should no longer be possible.
Brian Morrissey / @bmorrissey:
Brian Morrissey, president and editor-in-chief of Digiday, is stepping down at the end of the month and starting a newsletter on sustainable media  —  Some news: At the end of the month, I'm leaving Digiday after nearly a decade. I'm proud we built a global brand based on honesty with a sustainable business — and expanded into new areas with Glossy and Modern Retail. Digiday is a great company with great people.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
ViacomCBS-owned Paramount Network plans to rebrand as Paramount Movie Network next year and move out of long-form TV series to focus on made-for-TV movies  —  Paramount Network is shifting strategies — and changing names. … To that end, the network will be rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network.
Emilia Petrarca / The Cut:
Chioma Nnadi has been named new editor for, replacing Stuart Emmrich; Nnadi has been the site's fashion news director since 2014  —  On Monday morning, Anna Wintour informed Vogue staffers that Chioma Nnadi will be the new editor of the magazine's website, effective immediately.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will use AI-powered moderation to automatically age-restrict certain content  —  AI moderation measures will be used to automatically age-restrict certain content  —  YouTube is rolling out more artificial intelligence-powered technology to catch more videos …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises have laid off at least 35 journalists in the last two weeks  —  10 were laid off Monday at The Tulsa World, and more than 20 in the last two weeks at other newspapers  —  The Tulsa (Oklahoma) World laid off at least 10 journalists Monday, Poynter has learned.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dotdash buys Serious Eats and Simply Recipes from Fexy Media, its fifth acquisition since the beginning of 2019  —  Dotdash, the IAC-owned digital publishing company that grew from, has acquired two new digital publishers, Simply Recipes and Serious Eats, executives tell Axios.
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO trounced Netflix at the Emmys, with 30 wins to 21, as Schitt's Creek won nine awards, likely due in part to a boost from earlier seasons arriving on Netflix
Peter Slattery / OneZero:
How Spotify's UX decisions have encouraged the growth of adjective-laden generic artist names, enabling a kind of SEO spam for music  —  The platform is filled with search-optimized spammers, and there's no end in sight  —  Welcome to The Cheater's Guide to Spotify, a series about the schemes …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Roku can't buy sponsored product ads on Amazon for its own products and products sold by Roku often don't appear atop search results for them  —  Some makers of smart speakers, video doorbells and other hardware hit roadblocks buying key ads in search results; gadgets made by e-commerce giant get edge
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Q&A with NYT's SVP of ad innovation Allison Murphy about the paper's plans to stop using third-party cookies, its contextual ad targeting strategy, and more  —  When The New York Times pivoted to prioritizing its subscriptions a few years ago, eventually growing to 6.5 million paid subscribers …
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
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Hal Crawford / Nieman Lab:
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
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Helen Stubbs / Knight Foundation:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
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