Apple announced Wednesday that publishers can now use two new ad formats (standard sizes you would typically find on mobile) and are able to utilize third-party ad tags to better track and measure ads. Publishers can also now view demographic information about their audiences, like age and gender, on the Apple News dashboard.

Why it matters: These advertising updates (mostly the ad tags) will make it easier for publishers to monetize on Apple News. The introduction of ad tags will also help Apple win more ad business, since most other platforms allow tags for measurement and tracking purposes.

This is the latest update Apple news has made to beef up its platform as a major news distribution destination. Last month, Apple announced it hired Lauren Kern as its first-ever editor-in-chief for Apple News.

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McConnell announces Senate will adjourn until Sept. 8

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that the Senate will not hold any more votes until Sept. 8, though members will remain on 24-hour notice in case a coronavirus stimulus deal is reached.

Why it matters: With millions of Americans unemployed, the Trump administration and Democrats remain hopelessly deadlocked and unlikely to reach a deal any time soon.

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Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS

President Trump on Thursday told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that Democratic demands to fund mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service in ongoing coronavirus stimulus negotiations were a non-starter.

Why it matters: Trump directly linked Democrats' desired $3.6 billion for mail-in voting and $25 billion for the USPS to his continued baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud.

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Netanyahu says he's "still committed" to annexations despite UAE deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address Thursday that he remains "committed to annexing parts of the West Bank," but agreed to “temporarily suspend” those plans in order to reach a normalization deal with the UAE.

Why it matters: In a joint statement hailed as "historic" by President Trump, Israel said it would not move ahead with annexations as part of a deal for "the full normalization of relations" between Israel and the UAE. But Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) have since offered diverging statements.