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7:50 AM ET, March 25, 2019

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple will charge $9.99/mo each for HBO, Showtime, and Starz subscriptions, and will monetize its own content; premium news service will cost $9.99/mo  —  For the first time, Apple will present its Services vision to the public at tomorrow's March 25 event.
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Netflix's absence from Apple's media bundle portends a fight in content distribution; Goldman Sachs says the bundle could add $12B+ to Apple's Services business
Steven Greenhouse / Nieman Reports:
A look at recent efforts to unionize digital newsrooms, as staff aim to lift the salary floor, improve basic benefits, and shield against industry volatility  —  Journalists are saying yes to unions to lift salary floors, win or improve basic benefits, and provide some cushion to the industry's volatility
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube has canceled plans for high-end dramas and comedies as it pulls back from earlier plans for a paid service with Hollywood-quality shows  —  - Google video unit is said to cancel plans for high-end series  — Executive Susanne Daniels is said to be looking to move on
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
News networks interrupted their regular programming and reorganized their schedules to deliver coverage on the Mueller Report on Sunday  —  The “Mueller Report” has prompted a bevy of new reports from the nation's big TV-news outlets.  —  CBS News plotted a Monday primetime special to cover …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mediaite
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A list of some of the potential contenders for the Pulitzers, scheduled for April 15, including WaPo's Jamal Khashoggi coverage and John Carreyrou's Bad Blood  —  Journalists prepare their brackets for April Madness.  —  April madness is around the corner, which means that newsrooms around …
Discussion: @spj_tweets
Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Sources: Group Nine Media and Refinery29 are in talks to merge  —  - Group Nine Media and Refinery29 are in talks to merge, say three people familiar with the situation.  — The digital media business has been rife with speculation about potential mergers between venture-funded digital media outlets …
Cristina Tardáguila / Poynter:
Q&A with the director of French fact-checking service CheckNews, about tripling its audience to 11M page views in Dec. 2018, amidst Yellow Vest protests  —  In June, the fact-checking community was introduced to CheckNews.fr.  —  The project, which debuted at the fifth annual Global Fact-Checking Summit …
Discussion: @poynter and @poynter
Justin Peters / Slate:
How The Joe Rogan Experience, the second-most-downloaded podcast on iTunes in 2017 and 2018, became a platform for “freethinkers” who are aggravated by the left  —  On Feb. 7, on the 1,241st episode of his podcast, comedian Joe Rogan kicked off a discussion of one of the signal injustices …
Mr. Magazine:
Q&A with Will Welch, the new EIC of GQ, about his vision for the magazine, the relevance of a men's fashion magazine in the age of social media, and more  —  There's a new era at GQ and the man running the epoch is Will Welch.  The dynamic, newly refreshed generation of the magazine …
 
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Mollie Leavitt / The Idea:
Interview with Civil CEO Vivian Schiller on trying to get journalism on the blockchain, and leading digital efforts at companies like NYT and NBC
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The New Humanitarian, a relaunch of IRIN News covering humanitarian crises, which now has ~170K unique visitors/month and 40K+ newsletter subscribers
The Keyword:
Interview with Olivia Ma, the director and co-founder of Google News Labs, on the one-year anniversary of the Google News Initiative
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Parties named in Atlantic's story saying Sirota secretly advised Sanders campaign while critiquing other candidates in the media, deny key claims of the story
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
An AT&T-Viacom dispute could mean Viacom's networks, including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and BET, go dark after midnight Friday on DirecTV, U-Verse, and WatchTV
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AT&T's anime-focused Crunchyroll is raising the subscription price for its video service from $6.95 to $7.99/month, effective May 1 for new subscribers
Discussion: The Wrap
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Skepticism about Facebook's intentions was widespread among startups and nonprofits at the Local Media Summit, sponsored by Facebook, Knight Foundation, and ONA