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11:25 AM ET, September 11, 2019

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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Profile of Dawn Ostroff, Spotify's chief content officer, as the company invests heavily in podcasts to gain an edge over rivals  —  When Dawn Ostroff began working the graveyard shift at a Miami radio station, her parents assumed her career in radio would be short-lived.
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 …
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P R Sanjai / Bloomberg:
Apple says its TV+ streaming service will cost ~$1.40/month in India when it launches on November 1, undercutting both Netflix and Amazon  —  - Price undercuts Netflix, Amazon as OTT competition intensifies  — Apple TV includes original content, ‘thousands’ of films
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
Comcast, Fox, CBS, Disney sue Maine and 17 municipalities, saying US law preempts a state law set to take effect Sept. 19 meant to protect a la carte cable TV  —  This Jan. 24, 2019, file photo shows a Comcast truck in Pittsburgh.  The telecommunications giant is leading a lawsuit against Maine …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
For the third time this year, David Urban discussed the USMCA trade deal on CNN without it being disclosed that he's being paid to lobby for the measure  —  For the third time this year, CNN allowed political commentator David Urban to push for the passage of a trade agreement without disclosing …
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic acquires the strategic design firm Faire Design and will integrate it into its creative and consulting division Atlantic 57  —  The Atlantic has acquired Faire Design, a start-up strategy and design firm, and is integrating Faire's team, work, and book of business into its creative and consulting division Atlantic 57.
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
Le Monde.fr:
460+ journalists at Le Monde sign a letter demanding a guarantee of editorial independence by granting them a right of approval for new controlling shareholders  —  Publié hier à 12h22, mis à jour à 09h31 … TRIBUNEMore than 460 journalists at « Le Monde » …
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
The Athletic will make its first foray into ad-supported content with a daily in-depth sports podcast called “The Lead”, launching later this month  —  - The sports subscription site is launching a free daily podcast  — New show is a joint production with podcast publisher Wondery
Discussion: @hernanlopez and @iboudway
 
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Marie Claire UK to cease print publication after 31 years
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
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