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9:15 AM ET, November 18, 2019

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Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: ByteDance is in talks with record companies to launch a music streaming service as soon as December, initially in Brazil, India, and Indonesia  —  The Chinese company behind the popular video app TikTok is set to go head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Apple in the music streaming market …
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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, says TikTok doesn't share data with China or Bytedance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest  —  Alex Zhu, the head of the Chinese-owned viral video app, is trying to assuage Washington's fears.  “I am quite optimistic,” he said.
Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Craig Silverman, a talk radio host on the conservative Colorado station KNUS, says he was cut off mid-show and fired after segment criticizing President Trump  —  Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver and talk-show host on the conservative 710 KNUS radio station …
New York Times:
Two female writers on CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act felt they had to quit the show after filing sexual misconduct complaints despite the network's new policies  —  “None of this had to happen”: The network's new sexual harassment policy did not prevent them from leaving after accusations against the star's husband, a producer.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How the small town of Eudora, KS, about 40 minutes from Kansas City and once a news desert, became a lab for two universities to study and provide local news  —  Now, the University of Kansas J-school is bringing it back. … Riley Wilson's alarm went off at 7:15 a.m. on a chilly November Tuesday.
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Profile of Mixhalo, an app which aims to improve sound quality at concerts by sending Hi-Fi audio directly from the soundboard to attendees' phones  —  Think back to the first time you saw a high-definition TV program.  —  After a lifetime of looking at standard-definition shows …
Bloomberg:
How India's T-Series became the world's biggest YouTube channel, using a catalog estimated to have ~70% of Bollywood music released in the past three decades  —  India's T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood.  Now it has to survive Netflix.  —  On a recent afternoon in the Arabian Desert …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon is shortening the theatrical release window and not reporting box office numbers for some films, including The Report  —  The new policy — which mirrors Netflix's strategy — will apply to such awards contenders as ‘The Report’ and ‘The Aeronauts.’  —  Don't bother asking Alexa …
Discussion: @thatrebecca and Fast Company
Brandon Katz / Observer:
A look at growing soundstage scarcity and the deals studios are making to secure space as the number of productions rises; in LA, stage occupancy is topping 90%  —  , minor bad guy Steven Reign tells the story of the red dragon.  According to him, a small, wealthy village in China hired …
Johannes Munter / News Media Alliance:
Interviews, studies, and data indicate that the 2014 Google News shutdown in Spain only temporarily lowered traffic and led to organic traffic growth  —  Earlier this year, the European Union adopted its new Copyright Directive that modernizes and harmonizes copyright laws across the EU.
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 …
 
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Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
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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
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
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
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
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