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9:05 PM ET, August 26, 2016


 Top News: 
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section  —  Today, we're making some changes to the Trending feature on Facebook that will make the product more automated and will no longer require people …
Sources: Facebook letting go of entire Trending Topics editorial staff, consisting of 15-18 workers contracted through a third party  —  Facebook will no longer employ humans to write descriptions for items in its Trending section, which attracted controversy over allegations of political bias in May.
Sources: Spotify retaliates against artists who give exclusives to rivals by demoting their songs in search results and excluding tracks from promoted playlists  —  Service said to tell labels it may keep tracks off playlists  —  Apple Music emerges as largest challenge to streaming leader
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Frank Ocean's exclusive, independent release of new album highlights tensions among artists, music labels, and digital services
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify calls report that it demotes songs in search due to artists' exclusives with rivals “unequivocally false”
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Alex Spence / Politico:
After the US election, alt-right website Breitbart News intends to launch in France, seeing a business opportunity in the rise of nationalist politics  —  LONDON — Stephen Bannon intends to get Donald Trump into the White House — and then he's set on conquering Europe.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
After Ailes, it remains unclear if prized anchor Megyn Kelly will renew her contract with Fox; if Bill O'Reilly stays on, one source says, Kelly is likely to go  —  Within its subterranean newsroom, staffers and executives have a new fear: will they be able to convince Megyn Kelly to re-sign …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How USA Today's nuanced coverage of Ryan Lochte's Rio drama provides insights into handling a fast-moving story with caution  —  Last Thursday, Taylor Barnes and other journalists crowded into a theater across the street from a police station in Rio de Janeiro.
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Sources: Tronc mulls a third purchase offer from Gannett, at more than $18 per share, and moves forward with a formal counteroffer  —  It's apparently no longer a question of whether to sell or not, but for how much.  —  It's apparently no longer a question of whether to sell or not, but for how much.
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Study: frequent readers of partisan news sites are more likely to hold misperceptions even if they're aware of evidence  —  Reading lots of partisan news online makes you more likely to hold inaccurate beliefs even if you are aware of the prevailing evidence, according to a study published …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter is working on an anti-harassment tool to let users filter posts using keywords  —  Abuse has led to depature of several high-profile users  —  New solution is similar to Instagram's keyword-based filter  —  Twitter Inc. is working on a keyword-based tool that will let people filter …
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Reporters for Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal were told to ask candidates a not-for-publication question about public funding for Raiders stadium  —  Reporters for Sheldon Adelson's newspaper have been told to ask candidates if they support public money for the stadium proposed …
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
HBO and AT&T announce deal that adds HBO to AT&T's upcoming streaming bundle DirecTV Now as part of broader agreement keeping HBO on DirecTV and U-Verse
Discussion: PR Newswire
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT is launching digital-first teams to cover gender, education, and climate change as part of a strategy to disentangle itself from the daily print bureaucracy
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
NBCUniversal's partnership with BuzzFeed for Olympics Snapchat coverage garnered 35M viewers over two weeks, with 2.2B views and 230M minutes of consumption
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
MediaFile, a media criticism site to be run by students from George Washington University, launches Monday
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Sources: Viacom's Philippe Dauman lost his fight for control by losing backing of board members who concluded his tactics hurt the firm and their reputations
Discussion: @jamesstewartnyt