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5:20 PM ET, August 25, 2017


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Alison Flood / The Guardian:
The New York Times pulls young adult novel Handbook for Mortals from bestseller list after reports of fake sales  —  Lani Sarem's Handbook for Mortals was taken off the No 1 spot after fellow YA authors, sceptical of ‘a book that no one has heard of’, uncovered a pattern of strategic preorders
IAB forecasts podcast ad revenues will hit $220M in 2017, up from $119M in 2016, says ~25% of US population over 12 listens to podcasts monthly  —  Comprehensive Buyer's Guide Designed to Help Brand Marketers Navigate the Fast-Growing Podcast Media Landscape
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
After long ignoring many influencers, Snapchat is starting to verify and proactively engage more internet celebrities  —  - Snapchat is starting to warm up to the group of internet celebrities and so-called influencers that it has long ignored.  — The app is starting to verify …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube's policy changes to crack down on extremist content go into effect this week with new restrictions on viewing, sharing, and monetizing videos  —  Selected videos will lose ads, comments and have new warnings  —  Policy changes announced in June to go into effect Thursday
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Interview with Chuck Reece, editor in chief of The Bitter Southerner, on the digital magazine's response to Charlottesville, including using readers as writers  —  When a car rammed into a crowd of protesters at a White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday, Chuck Reece knew he had to do something.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
WSJ editor Gerard Baker's soft coverage of Trump's Phoenix rally should not be described as shilling for the president  —  The embattled WSJ editor doesn't fear his newsroom's wrath.  As long as the paper's Trump coverage keeps his boss happy, he's invincible.
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
The popular photo blog Humans of New York is becoming a 30-minute TV show on Facebook  —  The 30-minute series will live in the redesigned Watch tab  —  Humans of New York, the popular photo blog dedicated to documenting intimate moments with people from around the world, is becoming a 30-minute TV show.
Byron Kaye / Reuters:
Australia's antitrust regulator clears a consortium led by Lachlan Murdoch to buy TV broadcaster Ten Network, saying the move will not harm competition  —  SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's antitrust regulator cleared on Thursday a consortium led by News Corp (NWSA.O) Co-Chairman Lachlan Murdoch …
Discussion: @reuters
Dave Brooks / Billboard:
Sources: Amazon is struggling to make inroads in US event ticketing industry due to incumbents like Ticketmaster, exclusive deals with venues, more  —  With little leverage besides its huge customer base, the online retail behemoth is finding that disrupting the U.S. ticketing market won't be as easy as throwing its weight around.
Nushin Rashidian / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tow Center releases an interactive timeline listing platform developments at Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, Apple, and Amazon  —  We have entered an era in which just about every move social media and tech companies make has ramifications for journalism.
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Andy / TorrentFreak:
Finnish court orders two founders of Pirate Bay, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm, to pay IFPI record labels $477K+ in case that began in 2011
Nicole Carroll / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Republic editor details how staff faced gas or spray to cover Trump rally aftermath, in response to email calling staff “Fake News Media”
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