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10:10 PM ET, August 30, 2016


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Will Oremus / Slate:
Three Facebook Trending curators say system that fed them stories failed to improve, user testing feedback of bare-bones new version was overwhelmingly negative  —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Former Facebook Trending curator: business side tried to influence editorial, and a push toward quotas stifled newsroom discussion  —  Barely two days after changes to its Trending Topics section, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly began trending on Facebook — before entirely disappearing on Monday morning.
Giulia Segreti / Reuters:
During Italy visit, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg insists the social network is not a media company and will not become a content provider  —  Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform.
Carrie So / Ad Age:   Facebook Live's mid-roll ads resurrects a 20th century broadcast model in a 21st century social network, ignores changing viewing habits, rise of ad-blockers
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Source: Twitter expands Amplify Publisher program to individual video creators, giving them 70% of ad revenue, better than YouTube and Facebook's terms  —  Twitter is trying something new to boost its stagnating user base: Luring content creators to post on Twitter by giving them an easy way to earn money from their videos.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Two lawyers for Ailes badmouth journalist Gabriel Sherman ahead of an expected New York Magazine piece, calling his reporting a vendetta  —  Facing multiple allegations of sexually harassing female employees along with lawsuits from two of his accusers, to say nothing of advising Donald Trump …
Robert Capps / Wired:
President Obama to become first commander-in-chief to edit a magazine when he guest-edits Wired's November issue  —  WIRED has had some amazing guest editors over the years.  J.J. Abrams on magic, mysteries, and puzzles; Bill Gates on solving the world's biggest problems; Christopher Nolan on space …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Media agrees to sell Chicago's Tribune Tower to LA-based developer CIM Group for up to $240M  —  The Tribune Tower as seen from Pioneer Court on July 31, 2014.  —  Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Trump's camp has considered the candidate's options for creating a media business but there's currently no serious effort to establish one  —  A TV network could struggle to find distribution, advertisers  —  Glenn Beck's web video service could offer blueprint for Trump
Niki Kitsantonis / New York Times:
Greece to limit nationwide TV licenses to four with auction, forcing half of Greece's stations to close, plans to set up state ad agency, taking 30% cut  —  ATHENS — Since Greece opened its media to private broadcasting in the 1980s, the market has been an almost unregulated scrum.
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
Kim Dotcom wins right to livestream his court appeal of extradition to US on YouTube, a first for New Zealand  —  A New Zealand judge gave permission on Tuesday for the hearing of German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's appeal against his extradition to be streamed on YouTube …
Oriana Schwindt / The Wrap:
SNL Kagan: a record high of 812K pay TV subscribers cut the cord in the April-June quarter, versus 625K in the same quarter a year ago  —  Another quarter, another not-insignificant loss for the pay-TV market.  All told, 812,000 pay TV subscribers cut the cord from April through June of this year, according to research firm SNL Kagan.
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