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8:50 AM ET, August 2, 2018


 Top News: 
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  —  In light of the recent allegations against Leslie Moonves, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has released a statement announcing its decision to suspend the CBS CEO from their Board of Councilors.
Campbell Brown / Facebook Media:
Facebook extends its Local News Accelerator through the end of the year, launches a $3.5M Membership Accelerator program to help outlets with membership models  —  Today, we're excited to announce an additional $4.5 million investment in programs that support news publishers.
Teresa Gorman / Local News Lab:
NC Local News Lab Fund announces $500K in grants to support 10 local independent journalism, reporting, and collaboration projects  —  How can we help local news survive, transform, and thrive?  This question will not be answered by one person, one organization, or one innovation.
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  —  Anna Wintour is staying, but the once-plush company behind Vogue and The New Yorker lost $120 million last year.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
The family of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner say they are unable to visit his grave due to harassment from InfoWars fans
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 when it removed an event listing it said was part of a disinformation campaign with possible ties to Russia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders used a debunked story about the hunt for bin Laden to disparage media accuracy in Wednesday's press briefing  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just accused the media of hindering the American government's pursuit of Osama bin Laden just a few years before 9/11.
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes  —  Nicole Kidman is in talks to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in “Fair and Balanced,” Annapurna's upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.
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 …
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  —  Sites like TouchArcade and AppShopper may take big hits  —  Today, Apple announced that it plans to remove apps and in-app purchases from its iTunes Affiliate Program by October 1st.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Apple has sold 300M+ subscriptions in the last year, across Music, digital magazines, mobile games, and video apps
Discussion: @neilcybart, MediaPost and VentureBeat
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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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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
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The New York Times Company:
Journalist and The Verge writer Sarah Jeong will be joining The New York Times Editorial Board as lead writer on technology from September
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN will broadcast the final series of Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in the fall