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8:05 PM ET, August 23, 2016


 Top News: 
Sources: FBI investigating cyber “intrusions” of NYT, other news orgs; the hackers are suspected to be affiliated with Russian intelligence agencies  —  Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters …
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sues Fox, claiming executives punished her for complaining about sexual harassment by Ailes  —  Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host, charged in a lawsuit filed Monday that top executives at the network, including the man who replaced Roger Ailes …
Lucy Westcott / Newsweek:
Women journalists share their stories of sexual harassment in the media industry  —  Clara Rollins was an 18-year-old photography intern at a newspaper in the southeastern United States when a section editor asked her if she'd ever had sex.  —  The editor sent Rollins (not her real name) …
Associated Press:
Wikileaks published sensitive personal data, including the names of two teen rape survivors and the address of a man arrested for being gay in Saudi Arabia  —  CAIRO (AP) — WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
BuzzFeed reorganizing into two departments: BuzzFeed News under Ben Smith and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group led by BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank  —  A staff memo underscores how the new media giant sees video as key to its longevity.  —  BuzzFeed, the somewhat new media giant, is multiplying.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Shane Smith says Vice tried to buy The News of the World at the height of the phone-hacking scandal  —  The family-friendly entertainment conglomerate, worried about reaching young men in an era of cable-cutting, is betting big on the profane gonzo journalism of ex-punk rocker Shane Smith
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest and will continue to operate as an independent app  —  It will continue to operate as an independent app  —  Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again.  The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google plans to lower search rankings of publishers' mobile pages that use intrusive interstitial ads starting January 10  —  Google has announced that it will begin cracking down on “intrusive interstitials” on January 10, 2017, because this type of ad “can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.”
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Daydream service is launching “in the coming weeks” as the company pays YouTube stars for VR content and helps promote some Hulu projects  —  Company to release Daydream virtual reality service in weeks  —  Google said to back games, short films with YouTube celebs
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Former Facebook product manager Vadim Lavrusik and two co-founders launch Alively, an iOS app to share live video with select friends, available in US  —  Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are just some of the services encouraging us to broadcast what we're doing at this very moment.
Tom Scocca / Gawker:
How Peter Thiel's covert bankrolling of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit effectively gaslighted Gawker's business and editorial sides
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Melania Trump takes legal action against Daily Mail for defamation; Charles Harder, her attorney, represented Hulk Hogan in Gawker case
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Nick Denton's farewell post, detailing the rise and fall of Gawker, as the site shuts down today
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Amazon Studios Hires Former Chernin Group Exec Matthew Ball as Head of Strategy  —  Amazon Studio has hired former Chernin Group and Otter Media executive Matthew L. Ball as its new head of strategy, Variety has learned.  In this newly-created role, Ball is going to define the strategy …
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