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3:30 AM ET, August 28, 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.
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
The dominance of Drudge, Breitbart, Hannity, and Coulter and their Trump support have damaged Republican party, some other conservative media figures say  —  Sean Hannity, sitting comfortably in his air-conditioned New York studios on a hot August afternoon, was on a fiery rant.
New York Times:
Breitbart News and the far-right views it amplifies gain visibility during US presidential campaign  —  Breitbart News has arrived.  —  The opinion and news site, once a curiosity of the fringe right wing, is now an increasingly powerful voice, and virtual rallying spot …
Discussion: @brianstelter, @sopandeb and @pkafka
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Although Hillary Clinton held no press conferences in 2016, she did 350 interviews in the first seven months of 2016, favoring national TV and local radio  —  Hillary Clinton has not held a single press conference since the start of 2016, triggering charges that she's trying to duck questions from reporters on the campaign trail.
Discussion: The Wrap and @danmericacnn
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify calls report that it demotes songs in search due to artists' exclusives with rivals “unequivocally false”  —  Spotify doesn't like exclusives.  But it says it won't bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.  —  Spotify doesn't like it when big-name acts take their music to Apple or Tidal first.
Sources: Spotify retaliates against artists who give exclusives to rivals by demoting their songs in search results and excluding tracks from promoted playlists
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Frank Ocean's exclusive, independent release of new album highlights tensions among artists, music labels, and digital services
The Verge:
Inside NBC's Olympic live streaming operation, which required a remote support staff of 1,100+ in Stamford, Connecticut  —  For NBC, this year's Olympic Games coverage was more than just a series of household rating points: it was a moment of truth in a fast-changing media world.
Lauren Zumbach / Chicago Tribune:
Amazon is opening an offline bookstore in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood next year; the online retailer opened its first store in Seattle last fall  —  Construction signs are posted Aug. 24, 2016, at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the Lakeview neighborhood location where Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in 2017.
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 …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba Pictures lost $69.4M in six months up to June, up from $22.7M in same period in 2015, as it used subsidies to build market share for online ticketing  —  Alibaba Pictures Group lost $69.4 million (RMB456 million) in the six months to June as it used subsidies to build the market share …
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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 and Engadget
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
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter is working on an anti-harassment tool to let users filter posts using keywords
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
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