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7:40 AM ET, August 13, 2017

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes $169.5M Series F funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek to stay afloat; former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO  —  SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
“This Is Just Like GamerGate”: How The Pro-Trump Media Turned James Damore Into A Hero Overnight  —  A week ago, James Damore was anonymous.  Now, the Google engineer who lost his job after he wrote a viral anti-diversity screed has become an icon of the alt-right …
Sean Illing / Vox:
Interview with Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, on the dangers of the Trump campaign's “real news” series on Facebook  —  The president has launched an online TV network.  He's calling it “real news.”  —  “Overall, since the president took office …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Source: Facebook approved the stealthy release of app similar to Moments in China via a local company that appears to be closely linked to Facebook  —  SHANGHAI — Facebook and many of its apps have been blocked in China for years.  To change that, Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon's new online TV service is delayed due to lack of deals with content owners, executive turnover and internal discussions over service specifics  —  Company planned to offer live web service by late September  —  Carrier is still shaping strategy amid turnover on media team
BuzzFeed:
About 10 activists turn their backs on Trump aide Omarosa Manigault during tense panel at the National Association of Black Journalists conference  —  “Walking into a room where you get shut down does not open a line of communication so change can happen," said one of the top African-American officials in the White House.
Winona Daily News:
Bernetta Kouba retires, at 91, after a five-year stint delivering newspapers for The Winona Daily News in Minnesota  —  If she isn't working, Bernetta Kouba hardly knows what to do with herself.  —  A divorcee and a mother of three, Kouba spent 20 years in the finance department at City Hall.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Editor in chief Sean Fennessey of The Ringer on the site's relaunch: more video and podcasts, but focus remains on writing  —  Fans of Bill Simmons, fear not: The Ringer isn't pivoting to video anytime soon.  —  The sports columnist-turned-podcaster-turned- entrepreneur's website …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Online radio company TuneIn raises $50M in round led by Marker LLC, IVP, and Comcast Ventures; the deal values TuneIn at $500M, a source says  —  Funding round is led by Marker, IVP and Comcast Ventures  —  Latest deal is said to value company at about $500 million
Discussion: NPR
Todd Spangler / Variety:
After 14 years at Viacom, Sarah Iooss is joining Mic as executive VP of revenue to expand branded-content offerings  —  Sarah Iooss, after 14 years at Viacom, is joining digital-media company Mic as executive VP of revenue.  —  At Mic, she will oversee the sales team and market-facing products …
Discussion: Adweek
 
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Chicago Tribune:
Jim Kirk, editor/publisher of Sun-Times, joins Tronc, parent of the Chicago Tribune, less than a month after local investors bought the Sun-Times
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
AMI's Men's Fitness will go all-digital in November as print subscriptions are switched over to newly acquired Men's Journal
Discussion: Mediawire
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
A look at Guam's biggest daily paper, the Gannett-owned Pacific Daily News, a 20-person outlet whose traffic now doubles when it posts a story on North Korea
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News competitors like The Blaze, Newsmax, and OANN seek to steal Fox viewers as the network goes through a tumultuous period
Discussion: @marklevinshow
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Parse.ly reaches profitability and raises $6.8M in Series B funding led by Grotech Ventures and Blumberg Capital
Discussion: @alansoon
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Breitbart's campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster seems to have done more damage to Steve Bannon
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Google reveals sites that fail ad test, risk being filtered by upcoming Chrome ad blocker, including Forbes, LA Times, Lifehacker, Chicago Tribune
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $182M vs. $186.8M expected, DAUs grow 7.3M vs. 8M expected, reaching 173M, and loss grows to $443M; stock down 12%+