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4:15 PM ET, August 27, 2017


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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Inside Houston's Space City Weather, a side project by Eric Berger, Ars Technica's senior space editor, covering flooding with a neighbor's voice  —  On a slow weather day, Space City Weather gets about 5,000 pageviews.  On Friday, as Hurricane Harvey stewed in the Gulf before dumping catastrophic amounts …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Newspapers drop paywalls and TV networks add hours for news as Hurricane Harvey soaks Texas
Pay-per-view issues delay Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight  —  The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor main event Saturday night in Las Vegas will be delayed due to pay-per-view outages.  —  “Due to the overwhelming demand, capacity of cable systems around the country are being overwhelmed.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka says he will return to Breitbart, where he was once national security editor, in an undefined role  —  Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka said Saturday he will return to Breitbart News, reuniting him with longtime ally and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Facebook hires Liz Spayd, former New York Times public editor, as a consultant to help with its “transparency” efforts  —  She has also worked at the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review as a top editor.  —  Facebook has recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd …
Nick Stockton / Wired:
The urgency of the news cycle since the election has created a new type of anxiety: news FOMO  —  Where were you when covfefe happened?  I was deep in middle-seat torpor on a red-eye to New York City.  By the time I had touched down and wended my way through the outer boroughs to a desk …
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Cooper Hefner, Playboy's chief creative officer, as the magazine brings back nudity and attempts to go upmarket  —  Cooper Hefner has assumed creative control at the brand his father launched 64 years ago as he brings nude images back to the magazine while lamenting the company's involvement …
Discussion: AOL
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
Toutiao, a Chinese news aggregator that uses deep learning to tailor feeds to individual users, says it has 120M DAUs and made $900M revenue in 2016  —  Apps that supply news streams tailored to individual users by algorithms are China's fastest-growing mobile segment
Discussion: @wsj and @edwardroussel
Tyler Fisher / Politico:
How partisan Twitter users saw and shared different narratives of Charlottesville  —  How partisan Twitter users saw and shared different narratives of Charlottesville and the aftermath.  —  After violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, media coverage differed on what aspect of the event to cover.
Discussion: @janelytv and @politico
New Statesman:
The Saudi-led coalition controlling access to Yemen has choked media access, making it almost impossible to report on the conflict  —  The conflict is not getting anything like the media attention it deserves.  —  This article has been co-authored by Ahmed Baider, a fixer based in Yemen's capital Sana'a …
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
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