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4:30 PM ET, August 24, 2017

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Jake Sherman / Politico:
WH director of rapid response Andy Hemming, who was paid to spot and distribute positive stories from the mainstream media, left his job on Monday  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Thursday.  AN INTERESTING DATAPOINT — TONY FABRIZIO, whom the Trump campaign paid $1.29 million last year …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: Roku's market share among streaming media players in US is up to 37%, with Amazon's Fire TV at 24%, Chromecast at 18%, and Apple TV down to 15%  —  Roku isn't only maintaining its lead as the top streaming media player device in the U.S., it's increasing it.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify renews licensing deal with Warner Music Group, clearing last hurdle before going public  —  Look for a non-traditional IPO at the end of this year or early 2018.  —  Spotify has cleared what ought to be the last major hurdle before it goes public: It has renewed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group.
Discussion: Variety
Luke O'Neil / Esquire:
Current and former Village Voice staffers, including food critic Robert Sietsema and film editor Alan Scherstuhl, reflect on their time at the paper  —  On Tuesday morning, Peter Barbey, owner of the Village Voice, assembled the staff of the storied but turbulent New York City alt-weekly for a meeting.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In late-night emails, Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker criticized staff for coverage of Trump rally, describing story as commentary, not reporting  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Appeals court upholds injunction against VidAngel, a family-friendly service that filters movie content, after studios claim it violated copyright rules  —  “Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia's bikini scene,” states the opinion.  —  VidAngel, the self-touted family …
Discussion: MediaPost, Deadline and VidAngel Blog
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Jack Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist who also worked as a government official and civic leader, has died at 82  —  Jack Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, government official and civic leader who was the principal editor of a landmark 1968 federal report …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple adds feature to Safari in iOS11 that strips out Google AMP URLs when a story is shared or copy and pasted  —  Apple is adding a subtle new feature to Safari in iOS 11 that will automatically strip out Google AMP URLs when a webpage is shared or copy and pasted, as spotted by MacStories editor Federico Viticci.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Washington Post creates Own, an ad product for distributing branded content, which works by automation, and should result in 80-90% profit margins  —  Publishers are running into a wall with so-called native ads.  Once seen as the panacea for declining digital ad rates …
Discussion: @benmullin, @lmoses and @digiday
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Left-leaning news website The Canary joins Impress to become the UK alternative press regulator's 66th member  —  Left-leaning news website The Canary has joined Royal Charter-backed press regulator Impress, describing the move as a “no-brainer”.  —  The website was launched in October 2015 …
 
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
TPM may add a morning email newsletter to its $50-per-year Prime membership program
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New report finds that decentralization and other factors could protect speech online as “mega-platforms” amass greater gatekeeping powers
Discussion: Motherboard and MediaShift
Annalies Winny / The Guardian:
How some alt-weeklies without benefactors are setting up nonprofit arms to save local journalism across the US
Discussion: Poynter
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Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Trump follows long autocratic tradition by saying journalists “don't like our country” and are “trying to take away our history and heritage”