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4:10 PM ET, August 31, 2017


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The Daily Beast:
Sources: Lifezette has become an uncomfortable place for women to work, with CEO Peter Anthony often making sexually suggestive comments about female staffers  —  LifeZette, the politics and culture website founded by prominent ally of President Donald Trump and longtime talk radio host Laura Ingraham, is in trouble.
Jazmine Hughes / New York Times:
Profile of Elaine Welteroth, EIC of Teen Vogue, which is monetizing its progressiveness with a coming TV integration, a reader convention, a line of merchandise  —  The editor in chief has taken on a seemingly impossible task: reinventing the glossy magazine for a hyperempathetic generation.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How The Houston Chronicle's ~200 journalists are covering Harvey, reporting from home, jogging to work, wading through water, filing from a stranded car, more  —  Albert Gonzalez tugged a pallet piled with newspapers through a maze of donated clothes, pillows and blankets on Tuesday.
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Instagram rolls out Stories to desktop and mobile web starting today, with ability to upload from mobile web coming in next few months  —  Mobile web upload is coming soon  —  Instagram is adding the ability for you to view Stories on desktop and mobile web so you can see the ephemeral posts on larger screens.
Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera English disables comments on its website, finds social media to be the preferred platform for online debate  —  Today, we disabled the ability to comment on stories on  It's a decision that we've given much thought to, and one that we feel ultimately best serves our audience.
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
HowStuffWorks is spinning off from parent company System1 as an independent podcast network with a $15M Series A investment from The Raine Group  —  Digital media publisher HowStuffWorks is spinning out from parent company System1 as an independent podcast network with a $15 million Series …
Discussion: Recode
Max Willens / Digiday:
Gannett plans to throw more than 500 events this year and in the past two years has doubled the size of its events strategy group  —  To grow its events business, Gannett is thinking nationally and acting locally.  —  After years of letting its individual newspapers handle events on their own …
Discussion: @jcstearns
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How YouTube started using Google Brain's AI to improve video recommendations in 2015, which now drive 70% of videos' watch time  —  Google Brain gave YouTube new life  —  Sometime late last year, as I was playing a video game named Dishonored 2, I did a routine YouTube search about how to beat a tricky section of the game.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Jacksonville Journal Courier / Journal Courier:
Hearst acquires The Journal-Courier, the oldest continuously published paper in Illinois, and its sister publication, The Telegraph of Alton, from Civitas Media  —  Hearst, a leading media and information company, has acquired the Journal-Courier and its sister publication, The Telegraph of Alton, from Civitas Media.
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Mark Brown / The Guardian:
BBC Radio 3 outlines plans to broadcast more “slow radio”, including chanting of Benedictine monks, voices of people with dementia, more
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney is prepping budget cuts of 10% in Disney/ABC Television Group, including job reductions of up to 300, at ABC News, local TV stations, more
The Guardian:
Over 21M comments have been submitted to FCC on its proposed neutrality roll-back as it closes submissions, although many are duplicates or created by spambots