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2:20 PM ET, August 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Now that Facebook and other platforms have become “digital arms dealers”, Mark Zuckerberg takes a crash course in free speech and propaganda, at a public cost  —  They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price.  —  Let me first state that I actually …
Tara Bitran / Variety:
USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Les Moonves from its board of councilors and says it will discuss further action in October
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
The New York Times issues a statement standing by Sarah Jeong, its new editorial board hire, after criticisms arise of her old tweets blasting “white people”  —  The New York Times is facing backlash about its latest hire to its editorial board, Sarah Jeong, after multiple old tweets about …
The Information:
Sources: Google is developing a news aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws  —  Google is developing a news-aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws, part of a plan to re-enter …
Washington Post:
Activists accuse Facebook of suppressing free speech after it removed an event listing it said was part of a disinformation effort with possible ties to Russia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed …
Matthew Iles / Civil:
Civil delays token sale from August 13 to September 18 and announces daily webinars to explain the token sales process as it seeks consumers, not speculators  —  I'm sharing an important update today: The CVL token sale will now begin on Tuesday, September 18.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AMC Networks' Q2 revenue rose to $761.3M for profits of $106M, a 3% YoY growth, thanks to shrinking losses at its international operations  —  AMC Networks said second-quarter profit rose 3% as the owner of cable networks like AMC and IFC narrowed operating losses at its international operations.
Discussion: MediaPost
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vizio launches WatchFree, a free, ad-supported streaming service powered by Pluto TV that offers access to over 100 channels  —  Think there are too many streaming services?  How about one more?  Today, Vizio says it's launching its own streaming service called WatchFree that will be available …
Milan Schreuer / New York Times:
Belgian government now requires ~1K journalists living there to pay the €50 cost of the biannual background check of those covering European Council summits  —  BRUSSELS — Journalists who cover the regular gatherings of the leaders of European Union countries got a rude surprise this week …
Discussion: @frde2059
Sources: Univision chairman Haim Saban is considering stepping down and would like Tribune CEO Peter Kern to replace him  —  - Billionaire wants Tribune Media CEO Peter Kern to replace him  — Sinclair-Tribune sale woes complicate Saban's sucesssion plan
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The emergence of the gun-loving QAnon conspiracy theorists at a Trump rally is dangerous; Trump should stop the anti-media rhetoric at these rallies  —  Hostility toward the media at Donald Trump's rallies is nothing new.  It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple's plans to cut apps out of its affiliate program may shut down independent iOS news sites like TouchArcade and AppShopper
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TVEyes will ask the Supreme Court to review a case it lost against Fox News in a decision that favored copyright over fair use in sharing of TV clips
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Spotify has removed some episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” for violating policies around hate speech, but the podcast is still available on the service
 Earlier Picks: 
New York Times:
Sources: Condé Nast plans to put Brides, Golf Digest, and W up for sale after losing $120M in 2017 due to a sharp decline in ad revenue from print
Howard Polskin / MediaPost:
An analysis of right-wing news sites shows Breitbart is still the second most popular conservative site, despite falling traffic, but InfoWars may be struggling
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes