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8:50 AM ET, August 9, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Twitter needs a code of values requiring it to make tough calls on high-profile and malevolent figures like Alex Jones  —  The platform won't ban the dangerous liar Alex Jones because he “hasn't violated our rules.”  Then what's the point of these rules?  —  This week, Alex Jones …
Sources: Jack Dorsey to continue media tour with interviews with NBC's Lester Holt next week and CNN's Brian Stelter next Sunday to discuss Alex Jones  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be making more stops on his media tour amid the Alex Jones controversy and is planning to speak …
Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
Tribune calls off its $3.9B merger with Sinclair, says it will sue Sinclair for breach of contract  —  Trump angry with FCC chair over Sinclair deal  —  The Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media is dead.  —  Tribune said in a statement Thursday that it has terminated …
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 …
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)
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
CEO says Pandora plans to launch its podcast genome project, a personalization feature announced in January and similar to its music recommendations, this year  —  Why the streaming music pioneer is focusing on podcasts  —  Breaking down music into its component parts helped Pandora build …
Tom Lasseter / Reuters:
How Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Myanmar landed in jail and what it signals for Myanmar's press freedom  —  (Reuters) YANGON, Myanmar - Late in the afternoon of Dec. 12 last year, Wa Lone's cell phone rang.  It was a man named Naing Lin, a lance corporal in Myanmar's 8th Security Police Battalion.
Arjun Panchadar / Reuters:
Viacom Q3 earnings: revenue fell 4% YoY from $3.36B to $3.24B, net income fell 25% YoY to $511M, media network revenue decreased 2% YoY to $2.5B  —  (Reuters) - Media company Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) reported a 3.7 percent fall in quarterly revenue on Thursday due to a drop in domestic advertising sales …
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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.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Adam Weinstein resigns as acting EIC of military-focused site Task & Purpose after a clash about a headline on a VA story, says he was told to be less liberal  —  “As an editor, I was facing intense pressure,” Adam Weinstein tells TheWrap  —  Military-focused publication Task & Purpose …
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
CBS News:
CBS board takes over investigation into news division that was to conclude this month, folding it into two other inquiries, including Moonves one