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5:25 AM ET, September 1, 2021

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Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
NYT is adding a paywall to Wirecutter, starting after users read 10 stories/month, charging $5/month or $40/year but free for NYT premium digital subscribers  —  Site will be available for $5 every four weeks or as part of a Times premium bundle  —  New York Times Co. plans to put …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Amid the chaos and dysfunction at the Kabul airport, the Biden administration left behind 100+ USAGM employees, plus their families and contractors  —  Now that the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete, many stories of heroic efforts to save Americans and Afghan allies are pouring out …
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Joel Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Biden administration pledged to support press freedom around the world, but so far has failed the test in Afghanistan  —  Joe Biden pledged to support press freedom, but so far he hasn't followed through on his promises.  —  The Biden administration came to power pledging to put human rights …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook plans to downrank current events content and political posts in the News Feed, which could reduce traffic to some news publishers  —  Facebook plans to announce that it will de-emphasize political posts and current events content in the News Feed based on negative user feedback, Axios has learned.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
LinkedIn is abandoning its Stories format at the end of September and has told advertisers to adjust their ad campaigns accordingly  —  Brands will have to adjust ad campaigns when video format leaves the platform after September  —  LinkedIn is telling advertisers to prepare for the end …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Vice Media is raising $85M from existing investors since SPAC talks have ended; as part of the deal, co-founder Shane Smith is giving up voting control  —  Vice Media is raising over $85 million in fresh capital from existing investors, as talks to go public via a special purpose acquisition company …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Amazon is developing a live audio feature, led by its Music division, with a focus on live music and potentially radio and podcasts  —  Amazon is investing heavily in a new live audio feature that's similar to other live audio offerings like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Spotify's new live audio platform, sources tell Axios.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
HBO Max will launch in Spain and the Nordics in the fall, and in Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe in 2022  —  WarnerMedia's streamer HBO Max will launch in the Nordics and Spain this fall, followed by Central and Eastern Europe and Portugal in 2022, it was revealed at a Series Mania Forum keynote conversation on Tuesday.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Streamers organize #ADayOffTwitch walkout to bring awareness to the recent increase of “hate raids”, and say Twitch isn't taking the issue seriously enough  —  On Wednesday, September 1st, a number of channels on Twitch will go dark as streamers participate in #ADayOffTwitch …
Anousha Sakoui / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood production workers complain about burnout, with some working 18-hour days due to soaring demand for content from new streaming services  —  Last month, Ben Gottlieb, a 27-year-old set lighting technician, wanted to show his support for his union's campaign to improve working conditions …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
More than 135 subreddits have gone private in protest of Reddit's refusal to ban communities that spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines  —  PokemonGo, Futurology among big subreddits going private until Reddit takes action.  —  Over 135 subreddits have gone dark …
 
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Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic, giving users six free months of Apple Music, and will launch its own classical music app in 2022