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5:30 PM ET, September 17, 2021

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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Axios names Sara Kehaulani Goo as EIC, as it readies niche paid newsletters product Axios Pro; source: Axios is on track to make ~$85M in revenue this year  —  - Axios named Sara Kehaulani Goo and Aja Whitaker-Moore editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
NYT's daily newsletter The Morning has 5M+ readers on average, will launch Saturday and Sunday editions, and add two more staff for a total of eight  —  - Written by David Leonhardt, The Morning newsletter has more than 5 million daily readers on average.  — The newsletter's team is set …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The dismantling of digital advertising based on personal data and cookies is reshaping revenue plans for ad and tech industries, publishers, and small companies  —  As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia is offering a 50% discount for six months on the HBO Max ad-free monthly plan until September 26 as HBO subscriptions via Amazon shut down Wednesday  —  WarnerMedia is trying to help offset the loss of about 5 million HBO subscribers who had signed up through Amazon in the U.S. with an aggressive discount offer on HBO Max.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
One year in, Casey Newton has doubled his Substack subscribers to ~50K, of which <10% convert to paid; Discord and Twitter are effective for attracting readers  —  A year ago, I quit the best job I ever had to start Platformer.  Today I wanted to tell you all how it's going, what I've learned …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Google plans to add free, ad-supported streaming TV channels to Google TV and has held talks with media companies that provide the channels  —  Google is looking to make its Chromecast streaming device more appealing to cord cutters.  The company has plans to add free TV channels to Google TV …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The 2016 Indianapolis Star investigation of Larry Nassar, which led to the recent Senate hearings with Olympic gymnasts, shows local newspapers' enduring impact  —  Local newspapers may be struggling, but they are still publishing journalism that makes a difference
Angelique Jackson / Variety:
Vogue says nearly 15M viewers watched its livestream coverage of the Met Gala; Condé Nast plans to repeat the strategy for Super Bowl and Academy Awards events  —  The 2021 Met Gala may not have taken place on the traditional first Monday in May, but the glamorous fundraiser was certainly …
Discussion: Adweek and Tubefilter
Politico:
DHS: American extremists used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots to recruit new members and share “tactical guidance” for terrorist and criminal activity  —  Extremists foreign and domestic have used the video platform, DHS says.  The app says it has “absolutely no place” for violence and hate.
Samuel Petrequin / Associated Press:
European Commission issues recommendations to EU states to better protect journalists, including greater cooperation between media and cybersecurity bodies  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm asked its member countries Thursday to better protect journalists amid a rise …
Discussion: The Guardian
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A few people called Genius the future of journalism, but its vision of simply adding boxes for comment on others' work was emblematic of its founders' arrogance  —  Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can't control.
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Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Music-annotating startup Genius sells its assets to MediaLab for $80M; MediaLab says it will cut some jobs in original content production teams
 
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Reuters:
French court upholds a ruling by markets watchdog AMF against Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, but lowers fine from €5M to €3M
Financial Times:
China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 8th Circuit's bizarre decision greenlighting a lawsuit over a Ryan Lizza tweet about Devin Nunes sets a dangerous precedent for defamation claims
News UK:
Piers Morgan is joining News Corp and Fox News, where he will have a TV show in early 2022, and will also be a columnist at The Sun and the New York Post