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11:55 PM ET, September 10, 2019

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Natalie Beach / The Cut:
The story of a ghostwriter for Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway, writing captions as real-time memoir, polishing book chapters, and imagining another life  —  The author (right) with Caroline Calloway Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Beach  —  When I was a sophomore in college …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apple TV+ will launch on November 1 for $4.99/month in 100 countries; customers get one year free with the purchase of an Apple device  —  Back in March, Apple unveiled Apple TV+, a subscription television and film service featuring a slate of original content from Steven Spielberg …
The Information:
Internal Facebook memo: editors for an upcoming news tab will exercise significant control over top stories, including judging the use of anonymous sources  —  Facebook has said repeatedly that it isn't in the journalism business, but a team of human editors responsible for an upcoming news initiative …
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Quartz announces new four-person investigation team, focused on ramifications of tech, which will use machine learning developed by its Quartz AI studio  —  For nearly seven years, Quartz has been obsessed with how technology infuses our lives, from Machines with Brains (algorithms and robots) …
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Meduza.io:
A look at Moscow's local government media environment and the contracts between the city and content suppliers used to drown out news and spread disinformation  —  Shortly before Sunday's elections to the Moscow City Duma, a mass of Russian-language news sites and social media accounts began posting …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Center for American Progress says ThinkProgress will not function as a sounding board for scholars at the think tank and will instead be archived  —  The recently closed progressive news site will no longer exist as a sounding board for think tank scholars after union complaints.
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
Apple News Top Stories and Trending Stories audit: 20% of sources account for ~80% of articles; only 8.3% of articles in Top Stories were by local/regional pubs  —  On April 23, a federal judge in Oregon blocked the enforcement of a new rule banning abortion referrals at taxpayer-funded women's health clinics.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Atlas Obscura raises $20M Series B, led by Airbnb, which will let users book Atlas Obscura trips and experiences through the platform  —  Travel and exploration website's trips and events to be listed on Airbnb as part of deal  —  Travel and exploration website Atlas Obscura has built …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Marie Claire UK to cease print publication after 31 years  —  Women's title will continue online and overseas print editions are unaffected  —  The UK edition of Marie Claire is to cease publication after 31 years as the monthly women's title joins a growing list of magazines that have succumbed to the shift to digital reading.
 
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Paul Smalera / Marker:
Medium launches Marker, a publication covering the world of business, with Paul Smalera as editor in chief
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
UK MP committee report: the Foreign Office's media freedom campaign lacks focus, should include threat of sanctions against state actors targeting journalists
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New York Times:
Hedge fund Elliott Management takes a $3.2B stake in AT&T, questions its media ambitions in open letter, suggests sale of non-core businesses including DirecTV
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
One America News files $10M defamation suit against Rachel Maddow, NBCUniversal, and MSNBC over Maddow's on-air comments that OAN is “paid Russian propaganda”
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Mark Cuban sells majority stake in his AXS TV and HDNet channels to Anthem Sports, with TV host Steve Harvey also investing and developing content with Anthem
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Attorneys general from 48 states, DC, and Puerto Rico launch an antitrust probe into Google, with an initial focus on its dominance in digital advertising