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8:25 PM ET, August 28, 2016


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Alex Koppelman / CNNMoney:
AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll defends the news wire's story about meetings Clinton took as secretary of state, says tweet was “sloppy”  —  Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll is defending her organization's controversial investigation into meetings Hillary Clinton took …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Gawker's demise signifies the end of a golden age of blogging, done in by social media, podcasts, GIFs, and broader media consolidation  —  The demise of also marks the end of the utopian promise of blogging.  Here's what killed them.  —  For the media-savvy members of a certain generation …
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
To serve advertisers, digital media companies are shifting away from text and pictures toward video, a hard move for small web properties with few resources  —  It's been a big, weird year for the media industry.  Gawker, the pioneering blog, declared bankruptcy and was sold off to Univision …
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.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
As business challenges hit college newspapers, those owned by for-profit entities face bigger squeezes or a shutdown  —  The Central Florida Future, the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida founded in 1968, published its last issue August 4.
Discussion: The Lantern, @niemanlab and @niemanlab
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Although Hillary Clinton has held no press conferences in 2016, she's given 350 interviews in first seven months the year, 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.
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.
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section
Nausicaa Renner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with The Coral Project's director Andrew Losowsky on the open-source tools it's developing for improving comments sections: Trust, Ask, and Talk  —  NPR last week announced its decision to shut down comments on its website in favor of comments on social media—saying “the audience itself has decided.”
Discussion: @evesamples and @cjr
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.
Discussion: GeekWire and Publishers Weekly
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.
Discussion: Fortune, The Drum, AppleInsider, BGR and @om
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Frank Ocean's exclusive, independent release of new album highlights tensions among artists, music labels, and digital services
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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: Engadget and PR Newswire
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources leak 400-page “oppo” file shared inside Fox News in 2012 on Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman, with details on property records and voter registration
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