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2:10 AM ET, July 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Jack Dorsey, responding to Maggie Haberman's criticisms of Twitter, vows to work on identifying credibility and improving conversations' organization, context  —  The CEO of Twitter has admitted the platform is no longer a place where nuanced or thoughtful discussion can take place …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook could recognize Holocaust denialism as hate speech and ban it on those grounds, but trying to censor every falsehood should be noted as a bad idea  —  To follow Mark Zuckerberg's utterances is to constantly cringe.  —  Last week was no different.
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies of pancreatic cancer at 57  —  Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city's vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died.
New York Times:
Sources: feds think National Enquirer owner AMI may have acted more as a political supporter than a news org, raising 1st Amendment, campaign finance questions  —  Federal authorities examining the work President Trump's former lawyer did to squelch embarrassing stories before the 2016 election …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Buzzfeed's standalone news site only includes programmatic ads at launch although native ads still drive a majority of BuzzFeed's revenue  —  BuzzFeed has been on a mission to diversify away from direct-sold advertising.  And nowhere is that more evident than on its new BuzzFeed News site.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' briefings include obfuscation and disputes of basic facts as the press secretary fights to control facts, truths, and common knowledge  —  On wednesday, two representatives of the United States government held press briefings, both of them touching …
Discussion: ABC News and @theatlantic
Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation  —  Sitting cross-legged on a charpoy, an Indian day bed, Mahaveer Prasad Khileri taps on his laptop, his face lit by the screen …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK specialist media firm Future plc, owner of 100+ brands including TechRadar and PC Gamer, to buy Purch, which owns Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, for $132.5M  —  This week U.K. specialist publisher Future announced the purchase of technology platform and publisher Purch for $132.5 million …
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
It is time for newsrooms to cover technology extensively, across desks, acting as watchdogs rather than cheerleaders  —  A lowly tech employee was trying to do some simple task online and found out it was really hard.  Inspired by that difficulty, he—and it was almost always a he …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Heather Bryant / Nieman Lab:
A look at the urgent challenges newsrooms face due to the sophistication of image manipulation as they struggle to adopt the necessary verification technology  —  “It's going to be a while before we really have an understanding of how we work to combat it beyond the traditional methods that we have used for a few years now."
Chris Welch / The Verge:
In an interview, Roku's CEO discusses how it is growing its ad business and software licensing to OEMs, which generated more revenues than device sales as of Q1  —  Roku wants to build out a ‘big, next-generation’ targeted ad platform  —  Roku sells more dedicated streaming devices than perhaps any other company in the world.
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
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Adam Entous / New Yorker:
A look at Alice Donovan, a fake persona used by Russia's military-intelligence agency that attracted FBI attention in 2015 for spreading propaganda in the US
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The success of the In the Dark podcast's donor-only Facebook group, with $50 minimum donation to join and 250+ members, shows how publishers can monetize groups
Discussion: Mississippi Today
Freia Nahser / Global Editors Network:
Inside Fox Sports, The Times, and Le Figaro's efforts to use AI, Alexa voice actions, and automation for their World Cup reporting
Simon Dumenco / Ad Age:
Q&A with Eric Gillin and Amiel Stanek of Basically, a millennial foodie brand, on how video has made recipes evolve, the pros of SEO, and making less content
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Study of 3,000 US adults: users are more likely to trust news when they do not see identifying source info; Vox, Fox, and Breitbart trusted least when labeled
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Kimberly Guilfoyle abruptly leaves Fox News; sources say she may take a job at the non-profit America First Policies and join Trump Jr. on the campaign trail
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Alibaba, Tencent, and CMC are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B
Discussion: Mumbrella Asia