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2:15 PM ET, August 8, 2017


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Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Less than 24 hours after criticizing the NYT on Monday night for using anonymous sources, Trump tweeted a link to a Fox News segment citing anonymous officials  —  President shares segment about North Korea that cited ‘US officials’ who ‘requested anonymity’ less than a day after calling out the New York Times
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Latest HBO data leak contained a spreadsheet detailing legal claims against the network and GoT stars phone numbers; hackers have demanded ransom  —  Group tells company CEO to pay multimillion-dollar ransom or else risk 1.5TB of shows and confidential corporate data being released online
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Hackers leak a month's worth of HBO VP Leslie Cohen's emails and internal documents, HBO says it does not believe that entire email system was compromised
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Cenk Uygur's political video network The Young Turks raises $20M, in a round led partly by Jeffrey Katzenberg's firm WndrCo  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg's investment venture WndrCo participated.  —  Former MSNBC anchor Cenk Uygur's The Young Turks Network has raised $20 million in a new funding round that was led by 3L Capital.
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
British regulator Ofcom and the UK govt are facing calls to scrutinize Murdoch-Sky bid further in the wake of Rod Wheeler's lawsuit  —  High-profile MPs join demands for government to refer deal to competition authority after US station's report on murdered Democratic aide Seth Rich
Discussion: @akikofujita and Talking New Media
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley asks regulator Ofcom to review Murdoch's bid for Sky again, following the Seth Rich controversy  —  The Government has erected a new obstacle to the Murdoch family's pursuit of full control of Sky, after asking the media regulator to look again at 21st Century Fox's record as a broadcaster.
Study of 450+ websites, associated Facebook pages, and their owners reveals inner workings of partisan pages: FB is kingmaker, right-wing's more prolific, more  —  How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.
Rachel Sandler / USA Today:   One prominent publisher of fake news says Facebook and Google's efforts to crack down have hurt his business
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Franklin Foer, former editor of the New Republic, on Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' failed attempt to turn around the magazine's fortunes  —  Chris Hughes was a mythical savior—boyishly innocent, fantastically rich, intellectually curious, unexpectedly humble, and proudly idealistic.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
CBS will roll out a sports-themed 24 hour livestreaming network later this year, with CEO Les Moonves remarking it's “part of our ongoing OTT strategy”  —  Company hopes to replicate the success of its all-news CBSN  —  Three years after launching CBSN, an all-news digital network …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat's first original series, Good Luck America, averaged over 5M unique viewers per episode in its second season  —  In its second season, Snapchat's first original program, “Good Luck America,” averaged over 5 million unique viewers per episode, Axios has learned.
Discussion: @naseeoh and @tyzlaw
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Progressive organization Allied Progress sends letters to Sinclair and Tribune employees, warning them against merger  —  WASHINGTON — As opponents of Sinclair's proposed merger with Tribune Media met an FCC deadline to file comments, one group is trying to make the case against the transaction directly …
Billy Penn:
Shannon Wink named editor of Philly news site Billy Penn, with founding editor Chris Krewson promoted to VP of parent company Spirited Media  —  The Philly native is one of two women 30-or-younger leading Spirited Media newsrooms.  —  Billy Penn has a renewed focus on covering Philly's diverse …
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Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura / New York Times:
Kenyans fear that an ecosystem of misleading news could spur political violence as an election nears
Discussion: and Axios
Shirley Halperin / Variety:
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