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9:30 AM ET, August 20, 2019

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Financial Times:
Sources: Apple has committed $6B+ for original shows and movies, many featuring huge names, ahead of Apple TV+'s launch, expected within the next two months  —  Apple has committed more than $6bn for original shows and movies ahead of the launch of its new video streaming service …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning to roll out Apple TV+, its subscription service, by November and is considering $9.99/month pricing after a free trial  —  - Company builds array of new services to augment hardware sales  —  Apple Inc. plans to roll out the Apple TV+ movie and TV subscription service …
Twitter:
Twitter says it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities, but the rule does not apply to “taxpayer-funded entities”  —  Our singular mission is to serve the public conversation.  This mission applies to every part of our service, including our advertising and promotional products.
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@pinboard:
[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong Kong
Facebook:
After a tip from Twitter, Facebook removes 7 Pages, 3 Groups, 5 accounts originating in China “involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior” regarding Hong Kong
CNBC:
Twitter accuses China of running a disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters, attempting to “sow political discord”, suspends 936 associated accounts
Twitter:
Twitter says it proactively suspended ~200K “spammy” accounts, before they became “substantially active”, alongside its initial ban of 936 China-linked accounts
Max Willens / Digiday:
Facebook to hire a small team of journalists to curate a Top News section in its upcoming news tab, which it will begin testing in the US by end of October  —  Facebook famously got rid of its “trending topics” editorial team back in 2018.  Now, it's again hiring editors — just don't expect “trending 2.0.”
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look back at Pacific Standard and Topic, publications that produced robust journalism but folded this summer, as cautionary tales of relying on a rich patron  —  Pacific Standard and Topic, a pair of award-winning publications that stood out from the pack of click-hungry websites, were founded by rich patrons.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Altice USA partners with CuriosityStream to bring its science- and history-focused subscription streaming service to all 4.9M Altice customers in 21 states  —  Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks' CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Youngstown, OH newspaper The Vindicator to continue publication as an edition of nearby Tribune Chronicle, which has acquired its name, URL, and subscriber list  —  Long after the local newspaper business stops making any sense at all, there'll be a lot of powerful brand names …
Devin Gordon / The Atlantic:
Joe Rogan's interviews attract listeners because they are an experience rather than an inquisition, but this approach often allows guests to go unchallenged  —  Every morning of my Joe Rogan experience began the same way Joe Rogan begins his: with the mushroom coffee.
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NBC News:
How The Epoch Times, driven by ties to Falun Gong, became a part of Trump's 2020 strategy by spending big on pro-Trump Facebook ads and peddling conspiracies  —  Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Despite NYT's hesitance to rethink its Trump coverage, a younger, more diverse generation of journalists and a more vocal readership have spurred small changes  —  Anxiety over the core audience's rising influence helps explain events after ‘Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.’
The Daily Beast:
Mark Halperin, who faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment in 2017, signs a book deal with publisher Regan Arts  —  News of the “Game Change” author's deal with Regan Arts came as a shock to his accusers, and prominent Democrats interviewed in the book have been scrambling to explain themselves.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin doesn't deserve a comeback book because he hasn't made amends, and Democratic strategists hurt the #MeToo movement by talking to him for the book
 
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Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
After retrial, former LAT columnist T.J. Simers wins $15.45M in damages over age and disability bias claims against LAT, doubling the $7.1M award voided in 2016
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Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Polish journalism org The Outriders starts Media Garage, a program to help four media organizations in Ukraine and Moldova with editorial, revenue strategies
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Disney+ to launch in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand along with the US in November, streaming on all major platforms except Fire TV