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6:45 PM ET, August 8, 2018

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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 …
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ProPublica:
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 …
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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
Gizmodo:
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