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6:45 AM ET, September 3, 2017


 Top News: 
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
SEC: Roku files for up to $100M IPO; Roku had $399M revenue in fiscal 2016, up 25% from 2015  —  Streaming device company Roku filed for a public offering on Friday, looking to raise up to $100 million.  —  The stock will list on the Nasdaq under the symbol “ROKU.”
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A Roku IPO problem: Netflix and YouTube are huge on Roku, but they don't make Roku any money  —  The streaming video box company wants to be a streaming video services company.  But someone has to pay them for that.  —  Roku has spent the last few years fighting for your living room …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The history of The New York Times' op-ed page shows it was created to make readers think: going too far is better than not going far enough  —  Who wants the opinion pages to turn into the agreement pages?  —  In recent months, New York Times readers brave enough to open the paper's op-ed pages …
Leah Finnegan / The Outline:
The New York Times op-ed page under James Bennet has become a troll, deliberately instigating anger and spreading disinformation  —  Controversial pieces run under the auspices of fomenting ‘conversation’ are done so disingenuously.  —  Leah letter  —  Controversial pieces run under …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How publishers' extreme reliance on various Google services gives Google effective monopoly power, stifles criticism, and sometimes results in unexpected losses  —  An unintended effect of Google's heavy-handed attempt to silence Barry Lynn and his Open Markets program at New America …
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
Reporter details pressure from Google and bosses to take down 2011 Forbes post criticizing Google practices with Plus and search; Google says info was under NDA
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
ProPublica creates its first Facebook Messenger bot, to collect readers' stories about hate speech on Facebook  —  Can a Facebook Messenger bot used to collect stories from readers also double as a new form of storytelling?  ProPublica thinks so.  —  The big tech companies have long clung …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Two years after launching, Ars Technica UK lets go all but one permanent staffer  —  Condé Nast Britain is winding down its digital-only brand Ars Technica in the U.K. The magazine publisher, which debuted the technology-focused site in the U.K. two years ago, has all but ceased its U.K. operations …
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
NewsWhip research shows Associated Press content generates almost 35M engagements/month on Facebook, beating any single publisher  —  New research reveals that the bedrock of journalism on Facebook is far more stable than one might have thought of a news environment stigmatised by rampant clickbait and fake stories.
Discussion: NewsWhip
North Korean court sentences two South Korean journalists and their publishers to death for their reviews of book, “North Korea Confidential”  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean court sentenced two South Korean journalists and their publishers to death for “seriously insulting the dignity” …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Syd Silverman, who owned Variety for 30 years until a sale in 1987, has died at 85  —  Syd Silverman, who for three decades was the owner of Variety, the show-business bible that transmogrified slanguage with neologisms like deejay, sitcom and kidvid as it covered an industry in transition …
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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tencent Music plans to sell about 3% stake at $10B valuation to strategic partners like labels to secure music rights in China ahead of an IPO
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post expands its use of Heliograf, its in-house automated storytelling technology, to cover all DC-area high school football games every week
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The Cipher Brief, launched two years ago by a former CNN executive producer and focusing on national security with a staff of 20, plus contributors
Discussion: The Cipher Brief
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Melody Kramer / Poynter:
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Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Breitbart has hired Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, candidate for governor, and vice chair of Trump's election commission, as a columnist