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4:55 AM ET, August 22, 2016


 Top News: 
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Former Gawker EIC Max Read reflects on who really caused Gawker's demise, pointing to Nick Denton, A.J. Daulerio, Peter Thiel, himself, and others
James Rainey / Variety:
Viacom formally announces settlement: Phillippe 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.
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 …
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
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.
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  —  Yes, Friday brought extensive Summer Olympics coverage, notably the ad nauseam, 24/7 mini-soap opera of the dissembling U.S swimmers …
Terry McDonell / Columbia Journalism Review:
Remembering David Carr, 18 months after his death: reporter, junkie, and mentor  —  David Carr speak onstage at a Vanity Fair event on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)  —  A year after he died suddenly in the newsroom …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung to Close Milk Music on September 22  —  Samsung is finally pulling the plug on its Milk Music streaming service: The company started to notify users of Milk Music Friday that it will shut down the service on September 22.  Samsung told existing users to instead switch to Slacker, which has been powering Milk since its launch.
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Mike Janssen / Current:
Inside a workshop at Matt Waite's Drone Journalism Lab and how journalists are weighing privacy, free speech, tech, and regulations
The Daily Beast:
Milo Yiannopoulos raised $100K-$250K for college scholarships for white men but has given away nothing; lawyers are now drafting charity paperwork, he says
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Addition of Breitbart's Steve Bannon to Trump's campaign and Roger Ailes' rumored adviser role fuel theory that Trump is laying groundwork for media empire