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2:40 PM ET, August 30, 2017


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter assaulted by congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, says Gianforte is refusing a promised on-the-record interview  —  Reporter recounts fight with GOP candidate  —  Ben Jacobs, the reporter who was assaulted by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte …
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: Business Insider, Forbes, The Wrap and CNET
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, Adweek and FierceCable
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 …
Daily Mail:
Two Daily Mail journalists were injured in Houston on Tuesday after the boat they were travelling in was electrocuted by submerged power lines  —  - Four volunteer rescuers are missing after their motorboat was electrocuted in Houston's Normandy neighborhood on Monday afternoon
Brian Klaas / The Hill:
The heroism of journalists in Houston, with some rescuing victims, shows they are not “enemies” of the people; Trump should apologize
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 …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Publishers are letting writers go as they turn to video and try to replicate success of Vice, which is said to be valued at $5.7B or twice that of the NYT  —  Digital media churns out videos for tech and media giants  —  Adults to spend 81 minutes a day on digital video: eMarketer
Discussion: Digital Content Next and Forbes
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.
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 …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A year after Philippe Dauman was ousted as CEO of Viacom, the company has continued to struggle, with its stock price plummeting another 30%  —  It has been one year since Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, prevailed in an epic battle for control of her father's business empire.
Ross Benes / Digiday:
USA Today Network reformats mobile site to provide personalized homepages for users, plans rollout to all users for all of its properties within six months  —  The USA Today Network is taking a page out of Facebook's playbook by reformatting its digital properties to give users more personalized webpages.
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