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7:20 AM ET, September 2, 2021


 Top News: 
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 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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says it helped airlift 175 Afghan citizens out of Afghanistan to Mexico, including journalists and some of its own employees  —  Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it was part of an effort to fly 175 Afghan citizens out of Afghanistan to Mexico, including some of its own employees, according to a statement provided to Axios.
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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Reporters Without Borders:
Investigation: fewer than 100 women journalists are still working in radio and TV stations in Kabul; the Afghan capital had 700 women journalists in 2020  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Taliban to provide immediate guarantees for the freedom and safety of women journalists in Afghanistan …
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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
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
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
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
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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
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