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12:30 AM ET, November 17, 2019

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CNBC:
Twitter bans political ads globally, will allow some “cause-based” ads with limited targeting and promotion of issue-related fact-based reporting from news orgs  —  - Twitter laid out the framework for its new policy on political ads, which bans certain advertisers and has stricter rules for issue ads.
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Noah Yoo / Pitchfork:
Taylor Swift says her former label's CEO and Scooter Braun, who bought the label, won't let her sing early songs at an awards show or in a Netflix documentary
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu to raise its Hulu + Live TV price by 22%, from $44.99/month to $54.99/month, for all subscribers starting on December 18  —  Hulu is implementing its second price increase in less than a year for its Hulu With Live TV product — with the base package of 60-plus live channels increasing 22%, to $54.99 per month.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods  —  Photo illustration by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari  —  A decade ago, an internet video start …
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
An NBCU-owned podcast network will only create podcasts that can become TV shows, indicative of podcast ecosystem exploitation by an already powerful industry  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 234, dated November 12, 2019.  —  The podcast-entertainment industrial complex, revisited.
Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
The Sacramento Bee announces the Tipping Point Lab, staffed by donor-supported reporters working on in-depth stories, launching in early 2020 for three years  —  The Sacramento Bee has developed a philanthropic nonprofit model to fund a team of reporters to work on special projects for the local newspaper and for multimedia.
Omar Abdulaziz / Washington Post:
Saudi activist alleges the Saudi government threatened 30+ influencers by saying they would release hacked private material if they don't tweet propaganda  —  Omar Abdulaziz is a Saudi activist.  He lives in Montreal.  —  In the fight against the online campaigns targeting Saudi citizens …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of FaZe Clan, an esports and gaming lifestyle media org with 34 content creators, 15 pro esports players, 11 players/entertainers, and over 214M viewers  —  They already make every moment into consumable content.  What can it become?  —  This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series …
Storybench:
Analysis of ~10K news articles from 28 outlets on 2020 Democratic candidates since March: media coverage continues to track cycles of scandals and viral news  —  It's a paradox of examining political coverage.  Are news media just reporting what the political candidates are talking about?
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Criminal justice news site The Marshall Project turned 5 years old on Friday; it hopes to raise its annual budget to $10M in the next few years  —  “As a former journalist, I was mindful of the power of honest storytelling.  As an idealist, I felt that if only Americans knew the truth, changes would soon follow."
Raffaele Colella / The Keyword:
Google News debuts Beyond the Headlines tab, which surfaces in-depth content on key issues in English, with more languages and a mobile version coming in 2020  —  Last year, we redesigned Google News with one goal in mind: to help people understand the world through quality, trustworthy and enjoyable news.
Discussion: Engadget, @carolynpfox and 9to5Google
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Jimmy Wales' news site WikiTribune has relaunched as WT:Social, a donor-funded social networking and “news sharing” site where users can edit almost everything
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Specialist publisher Future reports fiscal 2019 revenue of £221.5M, up 70% YoY, pre-tax profit of £12.7M, up from £4.4m last year
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
NYT posted $48M in “other” revenue, up 26% YoY, mostly attributed to The Weekly, which averages 1.2M viewers, plans to premiere two full-length docs in H1 2020
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Archant will launch its first Google-funded local news site in the spring in Peterborough, which hasn't had a daily newspaper since 2012
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newspaper Consolidation Games: expect a formal deal closing for Gannett on Nov. 19, then big cuts; sources say McClatchy and Tribune are talking merger again