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12:20 PM ET, August 22, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, one of the more controversial holders of the office of White House Press Secretary in recent memory, will join Fox News Channel as a contributor.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google research indicates blocking cookies causes news sites to lose an average of 62% of ad revenue, proposes new controls to make it harder to track users  —  Google has planted another user data-privacy flag in the ground.  Today, the tech giant has released a proposal for industry standards around …
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google says it will join IAB Europe's framework for GDPR when the Transparency and Consent Framework 2.0 goes live, which is expected by end of Q1 2020
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers are anticipating a revenue decline as Apple tightens its anti-tracking policies to prevent covert techniques like link decoration and fingerprinting
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style sues Spotify claiming copyright infringement, challenges the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018  —  Eight Mile Style alleges “Lose Yourself” and many of the rapper's hits aren't licensed by the streamer.  Now comes a suit eyeing Spotify's billions.
Jeremy Gordon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Music journalism is becoming more repetitive and less revelatory, as outlets run profiles from the same pool of artists with a diminishing amount of access  —  A music writer's job is easily romanticized: Imagine getting paid to listen to music, that most universal, immediately resonant, and cool-conferring of art forms.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media 2018: pre-tax profit of £3.7M, down 65% YoY, with revenue of £120M; ad rev fell £5.4M to £38M, while newsstand and subscription rev fell £3M to £72M  —  Pre-tax profits at Empire and Grazia publisher Bauer Media fell by two-thirds last year as print magazines continue to decline.
Peter White / Deadline:
YouTube EMEA's head of originals says it is not looking for scripted projects amid a pullback from scripted content in the US, which cut three such shows  —  YouTube is in a “little bit of a transition” in terms of its original commissioning strategy, according to its European content exec Luke Hyams.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed introduces MoodFeed, a new way for readers to find content depending on their mood across six options  —  BuzzFeed is offering readers a new approach to finding content that fits the way they're feeling right now.  —  It's not the boring old approach of following a link on social media or search …
Ethan Zuckerman / My heart's in Accra:
Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, says he plans to leave the MIT Media Lab in May 2020 due to the lab's ties to Jeffrey Epstein  —  A week ago last Friday, I spoke to Joi Ito about the release of documents that implicate Media Lab co-founder Marvin Minsky in Jeffrey Epstein's horrific crimes.
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
UK's The Daily Telegraph says those who sign up for its WhatsApp audio briefings are 12x more likely to become paid subscribers than homepage readers  —  Commuters who engage with personalised voice updates are 12 times more likely to become paying subscribers, according to the publisher
 
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Brian Karem, Playboy's White House correspondent and a CNN contributor, files a lawsuit against the White House, seeking restoration of his press pass