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4:55 PM ET, August 16, 2017

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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple has set a budget of ~$1B to procure and produce original content over the next year, could acquire and produce as many as 10 TV shows  —  Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows  —  Apple Inc. AAPL 1.09% has set a budget …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
After Charlottesville, the false-equivalency president has doubled down, and journalists are seeing the problems with “both sides” framing  —  He's the false-equivalency president.  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, the national news media's misguided sense …
Washington Post:
On Tuesday morning, Trump retweeted an image of a “Trump train” running over a CNN reporter, days after Charlottesville tragedy, but later deleted it
John Daniszewski / Associated Press:
AP's VP for Standards, John Daniszewski, says the news organization should avoid the term “alt-right” as it is a euphemism disguising racist aims  —  At AP, we have taken the position that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
A new episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally aired on HBO Nordic and HBO Espana, with the leak then spreading to file-sharing sites  —  Though the episode was posted for a “brief” amount of time, the leak quickly spread on the Internet early Wednesday.  —  It's a case of deja vu for HBO.
CNN:
White House confirms that Hope Hicks is its interim communications director  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Senior communications adviser Hope Hicks will likely take on the role of White House communications director, according to two sources inside the White House and one outside.
Wil S. Hylton / The New York Times:
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
Hosting provider DreamHost is resisting a DOJ warrant which it claims requires the company to hand over the details of 1.3M visitors to an anti-Trump site  —  At the intersection where protections against unreasonable search and seizure meet the rights to free speech and association, there's a now web hosting company called DreamHost.
The Conversation:
A look at potential hazards of news outlets increasingly receiving capital from billionaires  —  On July 28, Apple heiress Laurene Powell Jobs bought a majority stake in The Atlantic.  —  It's the latest media purchase by the billionaire class, a group that includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Appeals Court revives defamation claim against The New York Times from economics professor Walter Block over quote on slavery he alleges was out of context  —  Walter Block alleges that when the paper quoted him as saying slavery was “not so bad,” it took his thoughts out of context.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
The Young Turks Network partners with Verizon's Go90 to air 16-episode docu-series on climate change exclusively on the streaming service this fall  —  The show, called ‘True North’ and hosted by John Iadarola, is a docuseries slated to debut this fall.  —  The Young Turks Network …
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
A day after MoviePass announces its new $10 a month plan, AMC Theaters says it is consulting with attorneys as to whether it can block the service  —  Following the surprising news on Tuesday that MoviePass would begin a $9.95-a-month subscription service in which members can see one movie …
Discussion: Fast Company, /Film and Business Wire
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ESPN rolls out update to Apple TV app that lets users watch four live streams simultaneously  —  ESPN today rolled out a new version of its Apple TV app that introduces the ability to watch four live simultaneous streams which can be displayed on the screen at the same time.
 
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BuzzFeed News partners with election data startup Decision Desk HQ to provide live coverage of US elections in 2018
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Q&A with Joseph Lichterman, formerly of Nieman Lab, now a fellow at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, funded by a grant from Solutions Journalism Network
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Mashable is exploring strategic options including a sale of all or part of the firm; company says it hired LionTree Advisors months ago to seek capital
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