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10:50 PM ET, September 1, 2021

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William Earl / Variety:
Joe Rogan announced on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 and says he is feeling better after he used ivermectin and other remedies  —  Joe Rogan, the mega-popular podcaster who has questioned the necessity of the COVID vaccine on his show, revealed to his fans that he was sick …
Apple:
Apple to let developers of “reader” apps for magazines, audio, and video link to sites to set up or manage accounts next year, closing Japan's antitrust probe  —  Apple will let developers of “reader” apps around the world link to an external website to set up or manage an account beginning early next year
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Media Rating Council suspends Nielsen's national ratings accreditation, which will affect Nielsen ratings starting in mid-September  —  “While we are disappointed that the situation has come to this, we believe these are the proper actions for the MRC to take at this time," said George W. Ivie …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Associated Press names Julie Pace, its Washington bureau chief, as its new executive editor and senior vice president  —  Julie Pace, The A.P.'s Washington bureau chief, started out wanting to be an international correspondent.  Now she has the top newsroom job.
Maribel Perez Wadsworth / USA Today:
For the second year, Gannett posts demographic details for some of its newsroom staffs as part of its effort to mirror community demographics by the end of 2025  —  One year ago, America was in the depths of a global pandemic and grappling with a racial reckoning that tore at the fabric of our nation.
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Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
USA Today says its newsroom is now majority female, with women making up 51.7% of all journalists, up from 48.1% in 2020  —  I'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week.  If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS users, allowing a select group of US test users to charge either $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for their tweets  —  Select users in the US can now charge for tweets  —  Twitter is starting to roll out Super Follows, its new feature that lets users charge for subscriber-only content.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is launching Facebook Fantasy Games for major sports events and popular TV shows like Survivor in the US and Canada, available free on its app  —  Facebook is getting into fantasy sports and other types of fantasy games.  The company this morning announced the launch …
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Court dismisses a defamation suit against Twitter by a source for NY Post stories about Hunter Biden's laptop; the source claimed Twitter labeled him a hacker  —  A federal court in Florida has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Twitter by the Delaware computer repairman …
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News fails to disclose that Jack Keane, who appeared 33+ times since August 16 to talk about Afghanistan, serves as chairman of Humvee maker AM General  —  Neither Jack Keane nor any of his hosts have brought up the deal his company secured to profit directly from the prolonged engagement in Afghanistan.
Shelley Hepworth / The Guardian:
Salman Rushdie will publish his next book on Substack with new sections coming out approximately once per week over the course of about a year  —  The author on why he's chosen to release his next book on the online platform - and why he hopes digital won't see off the medium he loves most
 
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Oscar Gonzalez / CNET:
Reddit bans r/NoNewNormal, its largest anti-vax subreddit, for harassing other communities, following weeks of user moderators asking Reddit admins to ban it
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At least four talk radio hosts in the US who had espoused anti-vaccine and anti-mask sentiments succumbed to the virus in August
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: UK government's second attempt to appoint Paul Dacre as Ofcom chair is delayed as it can't find credible people willing to interview and approve Dacre
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Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Former BBC journalists in Afghanistan say the BBC and UK embassy ignored their pleas for help; BBC says it is unable to support former BBC workers
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Conflicts over race, culture, and inclusion have roiled the Romance Writers of America and other groups devoted to books and literature
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
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
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