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3:45 PM ET, September 4, 2017


 Top News: 
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
EPA accuses AP reporter of “incredibly misleading story” that said staff were not present at Houston's flooded toxic waste sites yet confirms story's key points  —  The agency accused the reporter of an ‘incredibly misleading story’ about its Harvey response ‘from the comfort of Washington.’
Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Facebook bid $600M for online streaming rights of a popular cricket tournament in India for 5 years but was outbid by Star India  —  As Facebook gets serious about video, the social giant's ambitions for live streaming were on display on Monday in India where it put a bid north of $600 million …
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.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Popular YouTube ripping site, YouTube-MP3, settles with RIAA and will shut down indefinitely  —  YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping site, has agreed to shut down indefinitely and hand over its domain to the RIAA.  A private settlement agreement, including an undisclosed payment …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Hillary Frey, the head of strategy for HuffPost who conceived of and is overseeing the company's Listen to America tour  —  “If we're going to put new reporters in different regions, strategically where should they be?  What will they be covering?  What matters to these communities?"
Discussion: @aravosis
Richard C. Paddock / New York Times:
The Cambodia Daily is to close after 24 years, after the country's government demanded it pay a $6.3M tax bill; the paper says the bill is inflated  —  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — For the reporters and editors of The Cambodia Daily, an independent newspaper, Sunday was the end of an era …
Discussion: NPR
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
Melanie Sill / Poynter Online:
Alex Thompson / VICE News:
How podcasts like Pod Save America, fueled by a feverish distaste for Donald Trump, are becoming the left's right-wing talk radio  —  Left-wing talk radio is here.  But it's not on the radio.  —  Fueled by a feverish distaste for Donald Trump and a distrust of mainstream media …
Discussion: @mccarthyryanj and @shadowingtrump
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 …
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Syd Silverman, who owned Variety for 30 years until a sale in 1987, has died at 85
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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
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