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6:45 PM ET, August 8, 2018


 Top News: 
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
NYT reports Q2 profit of $24M, adds 109K subscribers, increasing total number of digital subs by 20% to 2.9M and generating $99M in revenue for the paper  —  The New York Times continued its digital growth in the second quarter of 2018, adding 109,000 digital-only subscribers.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey calls in to Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio show to defend his company, says Twitter does not shadow ban users based on politics  —  Twitter has not taken action against Jones, unlike Facebook, YouTube and other tech platforms.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey raised eyebrows …
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: Tronc is weighing at least one private equity offer to buy its newspaper holdings, with a bid between $19 to $20 per share on the table  —  Bundles of Chicago Tribune Saturday editions are stacked for delivery at the Freedom Center, August 20, 2016, in Chicago.  (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
Profile of Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, on his high-profile digital acquisitions like Business Insider, his missteps, and plans for future growth  —  Weaving past workers in orange vests and hard hats, Mathias Doepfner struts through what looks like a giant steel …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Axios has signed a deal with HBO to develop a series of news documentaries timed to the midterm elections  —  The show, titled ‘Axios,’ will focus on politics, technology and culture  —  Axios, the digital news startup known for concise stories, is about to go long—on TV.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Kate Lewis has been named Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, replacing Joanna Coles  —  Lewis has been named new chief content officer, a role that was created for Coles in 2016.  —  Ariana Grande on the cover of Elle magazine's August edition.  —  Hearst didn't waste time in finding …
Discussion: Hearst, Folio, Adweek, Ad Age and @joannacoles
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku beats estimates in Q2 with revenues of $156.8M, up from $99.6M in Q2 2017, and net loss of $100K, as platform revenues grow 96% YoY to $90.3M; stock up ~9%  —  Ad-supported streaming continues to lift Roku's results: The company solidly beat market expectations with its Q2 2018 earnings …
ProPublica expands its Local Reporting Network, plans to fund salaries for reporters covering state politics and government at seven news outlets  —  In an effort to help stanch the decline in aggressive statehouse coverage across the country, ProPublica today announced that it is expanding …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
In a defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones, four law professors who specialize in free speech argue how his false speech is not protected by the First Amendment  —  Not long after several of the country's biggest tech firms — namely Apple, Facebook and Google — kicked the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off …
David French / New York Times:
Given the malleability of the “hate speech” label, tech companies should use libel and slander legal standards when removing content like Infowars
Brent Lang / Variety:
21st Century Fox beats Q4 estimates with $7.94B in revenue, says it does not expect to host earnings call next quarter, hinting Disney merger may close by then  —  The box office success of “Deadpool 2” and the continued ratings strength of Fox News bolstered earnings at 21st Century Fox during the most recent financial quarter.
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:
Ex-NYT White House reporter Todd Purdum says Jim Acosta's confrontations with Sanders play into Trump's narrative that press is at war with him  —  The CNN reporter is speaking truth to power—but he's also amplifying the president's anti-press campaign.  —  The verb to accost comes …
Discussion: TVNewser and Washington Post
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Sinclair and Tribune Media must decide by midnight whether to continue to pursue their $3.9B merger deal despite FCC's refusal to approve the transaction  —  WASHINGTON — Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media face a midnight deadline on whether to continue to pursue …
Joel Simon / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the sixth anniversary of Austin Tice's captivity in Syria approaches, his parents talk about the difficulties of keeping his case in the public spotlight  —  On August 13, 2012, only a few days after celebrating his 31st birthday, freelance journalist Austin Tice emailed his father …
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Subpoena for Discord, the app used by white supremacists to plan the Charlottesville rally, could reveal their identities
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CBS Senior Producer Nancy Han has joined NowThis as executive producer of its yet-to-be launched daily show for Facebook Watch, coming September
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Liberty Media reports Q2 earnings of $172M, up from $94M a year ago, but operating income fell from $422M to $374M
Li Yuan / New York Times:
Chinese censorship has fostered an environment in which young citizens do not demand information; those who spend time abroad have to learn a different internet
 Earlier Picks: 
Kali Hays / WWD:
Analysis: US magazines lost ~$417.5M in revenue last year as top 50 biggest advertisers cut spending; there are now 7,176 magazines, 207 fewer than a decade ago
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Michael Phillips / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Roanoke Times files a suit against its ex-reporter Andy Bitter over the rights to the Twitter account @AndyBitterVT, alleging it's company property he inherited
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Report from FCC's inspector general refutes controversial claims by senior FCC officials that a cyberattack hobbled its comment system in May 2017
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $262.3M, up 44% YoY, and 188M DAUs, up 8% YoY but down from 191M in Q1 against competition from Facebook Stories
Knight First Amendment Institute, Gizmodo, and others ask Facebook to amend its ToS, which prohibits the use of journalistic tools like web scrapers
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Video streaming startup NewTV, led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, raises $1B round with Disney, Alibaba, NBCUniversal, and others participating