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5:30 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
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Interviews with four local journalists who have joined Facebook's Bulletin on what they're providing their communities, why Facebook is a good fit, and more  —  It's tempting to be cynical about Facebook's push into local news.  —  The company last week named 25 local journalists who will join Bulletin …
Allison Fisher / Media Matters for America:
Analysis: between August 27 and August 30, just 4% of the segments about Hurricane Ida on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC mentioned climate change  —  Key Findings  — Corporate broadcast TV outlets — ABC, CBS, and NBC — aired a combined 93 segments about Hurricane Ida during morning …
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:
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 …
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.
Benjamin Butterworth /
LGBTQ activists say UK's Online Safety Bill could provide the legal basis for censorship of LGBTQ content and say ending online anonymity could harm queer users  —  EXCLUSIVELegal free speech could be banned from social media under the proposed law  —  Stephen Fry has led warnings …
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
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A look at Wikimedia's Wikifunctions, expected to launch in 2022, which could help partially unify information across the 323 individual-language Wikipedias
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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
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Media Rating Council suspends Nielsen's national ratings accreditation, which will affect Nielsen ratings starting in mid-September
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