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12:40 PM ET, August 2, 2016


 Top News: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Instagram launches new “Stories” section, cloning Snapchat's Stories feature, with PewDiePie and other celebrities and social influencers onboard  —  Watch out, Snapchat: Instagram is gunning for you.  —  The Facebook-owned photo sharing service announced a major update Tuesday …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
Aron Pilhofer, The Guardian's outgoing executive editor for digital, on the paper's 50K-strong membership model, differences between US and UK media  —  Aron Pilhofer has had a front-row seat to the sweeping changes newsrooms have experienced at the hands of digital disruption.
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Following Vice's lead, digital publishers like Ozy are signing TV deals  —  Vox Media Says Production Process For Curbed Show Is Going Smoothly  —  It's no longer a question of “if,” it's a question of “when.”  Digital publishers like Vox Media, BuzzFeed, Thrillist Media Group …
Discussion: @themehulpatel
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
NYT to publish print-only 16K-word excerpt of author Colson Whitehead's new novel, part of a plan to use fiction to incentivize sales of paper's print edition  —  Even as The New York Times prioritizes digital expansion, with a stated goal of reaching $800 million in digital revenue by 2020 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn launches Q&A videos, created by its network of 500 influencers, may extend ability to create video content to other users  —  LinkedIn, the social platform for people to network and look for work that's getting acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion, is taking the wraps off …
Discussion: Fast Company, VentureBeat and Recode
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
How Atlas Obscura is building the “Nice Vice” with a nascent travel business, a potential TV show and a book due in September  —  One day in 2014, soon after David Plotz left his job as editor of the online magazine Slate, he took his then 13-year-old daughter, Noa, on a bike ride through Anacostia.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @abeaujon and @raju
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
With digital subs rising by 12.5K last year, The Times of London relaxes paywall, allows visitors access to two free stories a week in exchange for registering  —  The Times has a reputation for having the hardest paywall in the U.K., but it's not opposed to some open-access experimentation — as long as it results in new subscribers.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How journalists can stay impartial, give American voters the information they need in the lead-up to the presidential election  —  As the newly nominated presidential candidates plunge into the last 100 days of the campaign, news organizations might pause before they do the same.
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Ruth Margalit / New York Times:
How Benjamin Netanyahu tries to control broadcast, print and online news in Israel, creating an atmosphere of intimidation in newsrooms
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
With Ailes gone, a look at how the opinions of James, Lachlan, and Rupert Murdoch align with Fox News' reporting on topics like climate change and immigration
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
SEC Filing Reveals John Malone Backed Lionsgate Against Rival Bids for Starz
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC News serves up 28 Million Facebook Live video streams during political conventions
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