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12:05 PM ET, August 30, 2017


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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Scottish blogger Jason Michael McCann, who calls himself a journalist in his Twitter bio, defends his viral hoax tweet showing a shark in Houston's flood waters  —  “Of course I knew it was fake, it was part of the reason I shared the bloomin' thing.”  —  It was just before 6 a.m. in Dublin …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Freedom Forum spent too much on the symbolic $450M Newseum rather than on supporting journalism  —  You know that triumphant feeling that sweeps from your brain to your toes when one of your enemies stumbles and falls into a mass of his own excrement?  Such delight overwhelmed me yesterday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Newseum, dedicated to free expression and awash in red ink, becomes a metaphor for the besieged state of the American press
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook to debut one of its original shows, a reality docu-series about retired athlete LaVar Ball and his family, on August 31  —  Can LaVar Ball's boastful antics and familial dramas draw a TV-size audience for Facebook?  —  The first two episodes of “Ball in the Family” …
Discussion: Forbes and The Wrap
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Facebook-funded shows begin rolling out this week on Watch, as publishers including Business Insider, Tastemade, Refinery29, and Nat Geo debut original content  —  Facebook's latest attempt to take on YouTube begins in earnest this week as various publishers begin to roll out Facebook-funded shows on the platform.
Discussion: Adweek
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Disney and its ABC television station, KTRK Houston, donate $1M to the American Red Cross to support its Harvey relief efforts
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Axel Springer teams with German non-media companies to launch Verimi alliance, which will offer a single login to better compete with Facebook-Google duopoly  —  The hottest trend in German media: cross-industry alliances that prioritize consumer data privacy and aim to compete with the Facebook-Google duopoly.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube gets a redesign, including easier access to navigation tabs, new Library and Account tabs, variable speed playback on mobile, and a new logo  —  Earlier this year, YouTube introduced a major redesign of its desktop website which delivered a cleaner look and new features like a “dark mode” for nighttime watching.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple scrambles to land pricing deals with Hollywood on 4K content for its upcoming Apple TV; Apple wants to charge $20/movie, studios want $5-10 more
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
District court judge dismisses defamation lawsuit against The New York Times by Sarah Palin for a June 14 editorial  —  Lawsuits against media outlets are piling up  —  A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday dismissed Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News hires conservative pundit Tomi Lahren as a contributor and to work on an unnamed digital project currently in development  —  The conservative pundit will opine on the news and will work on “an FNC digital product currently in development.”  —  In mid-August, conservative media …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
How journalists have ramped up security protocols for communicating with sources amid the Trump administration's fight against leaks  —  How the administration has changed the game between investigative reporters and their government sources.  —  On July 6, the Senate Committee …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Medium founder Ev WIlliams on the platform's pivot away from advertising and how its new reader-powered business model will work  —  “What we want to do is create the best possible place to support great content.  How does the best media in the world work?
Discussion: Wired
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Media intelligence provider Meltwater acquires Algo, a real-time, machine learning data analytics platform
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NFL debuted a new 30-minute live show, #NFLBlitz, on Twitter Tuesday night
Discussion: Engadget and Variety
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