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1:05 PM ET, August 15, 2018

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Steven Musil / CNET:
Twitter puts account of Alex Jones in read-only mode for seven days after a tweet violated policy; he can browse but can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts  —  Twitter has cut off Alex Jones from key functions of his account after the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars violated another Twitter policy.
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Jake Shapiro / RadioPublic:
Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, invests in podcast company RadioPublic, joining earlier investors including the NYT, Bose, McClatchy, and PRX
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Meredith Kopit Levien, COO at The New York Times and the architect of ad deals like the newspaper's controversial partnership with Samsung  —  Meredith Kopit Levien uses nontraditional ad deals amid challenging times in publishing  —  At the annual advertising festival …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
The New York Times joins The Boston Globe's effort to print editorials on August 16 protesting Trump's attack on the press; 200+ newspapers have signed up  —  The call to arms came in the form of a memo.  —  Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign files for arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, claims she broke 2016 NDA by disparaging Trump in book and sharing recorded private talks
Shawna Chen / Reporters Committee for Freedom …:
RCFP and 30 media organizations urge court to dismiss contempt petition by school board against Sun-Sentinel and two reporters for stories on FL school shooting  —  On Tuesday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 30 media organizations urged a circuit court in Florida …
Steve Greene / IndieWire:
“Follow This”, a docu-series from Netflix that follows BuzzFeed News staffers around as they work on stories, debuts August 23 on the service  —  The first group of episodes, tracking developments in the site's stories about culture, science, and politics, drops next week.  —  87 Photos
Zeynep Tufekci / MIT Technology Review:
How digital technologies and social media went from being hailed as tools of freedom during the Arab Spring to being blamed for upheavals in Western democracies  —  To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Univision and The Onion are facing a $2M+ lawsuit from financial specialists GCA Advisors over an alleged breach of contract  —  Univision, now run by CEO Vince Sadusky, may be trying to trim costs and staff to stay competitive, but the purchase and possible sale of its brand The Onion …
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Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, creators of true crime podcast My Favorite Murder, launch podcast network Exactly Right in partnership with Stitcher
Felix Salmon / Wired:
Jeffrey Katzenberg's NewTV, with $1B in funding and an experienced CEO in Meg Whitman, faces an uphill battle trying to disrupt linear TV with short-form video
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Karolle Rabarison / Online News Association:
2018 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced, and James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting goes to photojournalist Nicole Tung
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories are as good, if not better, than Snapchat's, but that may present a short-term problem for Facebook as users spend less time on News Feeds
Cory Bergman / Factal Blog:
Team behind the Breaking News site and app launch a new startup, Factal, an enterprise service providing critical info during crises like natural disasters