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2:05 PM ET, September 2, 2021


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Apple will let developers of “reader” apps worldwide link to a website to set up or manage accounts early next year, closing an antitrust investigation by Japan  —  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
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins prompting iOS 15 users for consent to enable Personalized Ads for their Apple ID, which was previously on by default and led to antitrust scrutiny  —  For iOS 15 users, Apple has begun prompting for their consent to enable Personalized Ads for their Apple ID …
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 …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
YouTube Music reached 50M paying subscribers in August, up from 30M paid music and premium subscribers that YouTube had reported in October 2020  —  Google-owned platforms have grown rapidly to become more serious streaming rival  —  YouTube's paid music streaming services have amassed 50m subscribers …
Ben Bowman / The Streamable:
Google says it is appealing the €500M fine imposed by France's competition watchdog over how Google conducted talks with publishers to reach payment agreements  —  Google (GOOGL.O) said on Wednesday it was appealing against a 500 million euro ($591 million) fine imposed …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Source: the DOJ is preparing to file a second antitrust lawsuit against Google by the end of this year, targeting Google's digital ads business  —  - Case would broaden federal government's monopoly allegations  — Google already fighting DOJ antitrust lawsuit over web search
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 …
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
A look at Wikimedia's Wikifunctions, expected to launch in 2022, which could help partially unify information across the 323 individual-language Wikipedias  —  Wikipedia has 323 language editions, and at times, there are huge differences between them.  —  For instance, Jasenovac …
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS, letting a select group of US test users 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 Whitten / CNBC:
Shang-Chi becomes first MCU film not to be granted approval for distribution in China; since 2013, China has made up between 10% and 20% of Marvel's box office  —  - “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” does not have a release date in China, which could be detrimental to its global box office haul.
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.
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
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Reddit bans r/NoNewNormal, its largest anti-vax subreddit, for harassing other communities, following weeks of user moderators asking Reddit admins to ban it
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
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