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9:35 AM ET, August 26, 2021


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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Axel Springer agrees to acquire Politico, the remaining 50% share in Politico Europe, and Protocol; sources say the deal is worth around $1B  —  - German publisher Axel Springer plans to acquire digital media site Politico.  — The companies did not disclose a price for the deal, but early reports value it at about $1 billion.
Forbes is going public via SPAC at a valuation of $630M; the transaction is expected to close in late 2021 or early 2022  —  ● Combination will enable Forbes to further capitalize on its successful digital transformation, pursue additional growth opportunities and fully recognize …
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Researchers say YouTube, which attracts less scrutiny than Facebook or Twitter, is a hard platform to study because video is so difficult to analyze in bulk  —  While Facebook and Twitter take the brunt of backlashes over misinformation and ‘censorship,’ the Google-owned video giant has often laid low.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
ESPN takes Rachel Nichols off its NBA programming and cancels her show The Jump, after controversy over her comments about now-former colleague Maria Taylor  —  ESPN is taking Rachel Nichols off its NBA programming, which includes canceling her daytime show “The Jump.”
The Wire:
Yahoo says it is shutting down content operations in India as of Thursday due to the country's new regulations limiting foreign ownership of digital media  —  New Delhi: Online tech giant Yahoo is shutting down its content operations in India, a decision that the company says is due to changes in regulatory laws in the country.
Discussion: Hindustan Times and @shakirmir
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has approached experts about forming an advisory body for how it handles global election matters, including political ads and misinformation  —  The social network has contacted academics to create a group to advise it on thorny election-related decisions, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Esha Sarai / Voice of America:
US lawmakers sent a letter to Biden on Wednesday urging help for about 550 USAGM employees and their relatives who are still trying to leave Afghanistan  —  U.S. lawmakers pushed President Joe Biden on Wednesday to evacuate hundreds of people affiliated with the U.S. Agency for Global Media …
Discussion: @w7voa, @benyt and
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Inside WaPo's plans to grow internationally and attract younger readers, as sources say Sally Buzbee's quaint view about objectivity helped her get the top job  —  The last round of the tryouts took place over four meals this past spring at Jeff Bezos's Washington home.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
MSNBC newsroom staffers vote for a union, after the network declined voluntary recognition in June; MSNBC's president signals the network won't contest results  —  - Writers Guild won election among about 300 employees  — The Writers Guild has swelled its ranks in recent years
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google News Showcase launches in Colombia and signs partnerships with 24 regional and national news publications, including El País, El Colombiano, and Semana  —  Google launched its $1 billion licensing program in late 2020 to support publishers and surface card-based content across its platforms.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
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The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBCU will pay Rachel Maddow $30M annually through 2024 while ending her show in 2022, giving their top star a more flexible schedule than ever before
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
An analysis of Twitter follower gains by Joe Rogan's guests shows the podcaster's influence has waned after he went exclusive to Spotify
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Lisa Lacy / Adweek:
Walmart says its automated advertising exchange, Walmart DSP, will launch in October
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Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
The Charlotte Observer names veteran journalist Rana Cash as executive editor, the first person of color to hold the top job in the paper's 135-year history
Sinéad Baker / Insider:
In an abrupt reversal, OnlyFans suspends its October 1 policy change banning porn after securing “assurances” and aims to provide “a home for all creators”
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Mexico helped the NYT get Afghans who worked for the paper out of Afghanistan; Mexico says it is looking to extend similar protections to other journalists