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12:30 PM ET, August 22, 2016


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Univision's Isaac Lee on how buying Gawker Media, with brands iconic to millennials, is important to Univision's “young, digital and diverse” future  —  In many Hispanic homes in the United States, Univision is a constant TV presence and a huge influence.
Josh Laurito / Gawker Data Team: site metrics, from launch to closure: over 202K posts peaking at over 70 per day in 2008, 7B pageviews, more  —  As you may have heard, this week marks the end of's operations.  If you didn't read it here, you may have read about it in the bushel of eulogies …
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Visitors reaching on its last day of operation, before Univision shutters the site, greeted with ‘F**k It’ message  —  In true Gawker form, the controversial website said “f— it" on the last day in operation before new owner Univision shuts it down.
Discussion: @gitagovinda
James Rainey / Variety:
Viacom formally announces settlement: Philippe Dauman ousted, will be non-executive chairman until Sept. 13, Tom Dooley serves as CEO at least through Sept. 30  —  It took two days longer than expected, but Shari Redstone's victory finally received a stamp of official approval.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Legal filings: Sumner Redstone's granddaughter asks for review of settlement with Dauman, criticizes him for acquiescing to Shari Redstone's “palace coup”  —  Keryn Redstone is asking to review a recent settlement agreement that resulted in the ouster of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's future still up in the air after management shake-up: firm must boost key businesses, decide whether to sell a stake in Paramount or recombine with CBS  —  Turning around ratings and ad momentum at key networks and boosting Paramount's financials are among the items on the to-do list …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Sean Hannity, with a primetime Fox audience of 2.5M, veers into the role of Trump adviser, says he “never claimed to be a journalist”  —  During major inflection points in Donald J. Trump's campaign, the advisers, family members and friends who make up his kitchen cabinet burn …
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
The New York Times should pause in its rush to Facebook Live video and reinstitute its traditional standards of quality control  —  IT'S been just over four months since The New York Times started producing live video for Facebook, but already the scoreboard is flashing.  A few earned gold medals.
Adrienne Lafrance / Nieman Reports:
The blurring of lines between media and tech firms, Silicon Valley's culture of secrecy, and a lack of skepticism and resources make tech reporting difficult  —  With the lines between media firms and tech firms blurring, coverage of the tech sector presents one of the most profound accountability challenges in modern journalism
Richard Deitsch /
Ryan Lochte robbery story was initially broken by Fox Sports Australia presenter Ben Way after a chance meeting with the swimmer's mother  —  - The reporter who discovered—and broke—the Ryan Lochte story from the Rio 2016 Olympics details how he stumbled upon on the news.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Ryan Lochte's Evolving Story Faced Little Resistance From NBC
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Ad tech startup, which powers contextual ads offered by Yahoo, sells to group of Chinese investors for $900M  —  The startup, which powers contextual ads offered by Yahoo! and Microsoft's Bing, plans a move akin to a reverse merger that would make it a public company in China.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Facebook cuts off new sign-ups to traffic performance tool Domain Insights, creating a headache for new publishers  —  On the last day of June, Facebook dammed up a stream of audience data that publishers once used to see how their content performed inside Facebook.
Discussion: ValueWalk
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David Ferguson / Raw Story:
CNN's Trump commentator Corey Lewandowski is still being paid by the presidential candidate's campaign, received $20K in July while working for the network
James Warren / Poynter:
New editor of ESPN's The Undefeated Kevin Merida on leading a startup sports news site, video efforts, covering racially charged issues like police violence
Discussion: @bytierrasmith
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon settles with Navy SEAL who wrote the book “No Easy Day” about the Osama bin Laden raid; author will pay $6.7M
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