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3:35 PM ET, August 16, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
The New York Times joins over 200 newspapers and news outlets to remind people of the value of the free press and links to others' editorials  —  “The press in America is no blend of disparate tastes and interests into one singular identifiable amalgamation.
John Diaz / San Francisco Chronicle:
The SF Chronicle isn't participating in the August 16 editorial campaign since it risks being used to perpetuate the idea that the media is anti-Trump  —  The even broader threat from Trump's ascension is the contempt he is spreading for the American values of pluralism, democracy and adherence to the rule of law.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Topeka Capital-Journal, which endorsed Trump in 2016, joins others outlets criticizing his media bashing: “These are tactics that we firmly believe are wrong”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC/MSNBC staff memo: Dylan Byers joins company from CNN to cover media, Hollywood, and emerging players as well as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix  —  Dylan Byers, a regular journalistic presence on the media and technology beats in recent years, is jumping to NBC News and MSNBC from CNN.
Sources: Amazon is in talks to acquire Landmark Theatres, the indie-focused chain that operates 50+ theaters in the US, backed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner  —  - Move would mark latest incursion into brick-and-mortar world  — The indie-focused chain operates more than 50 theaters
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bustle Digital Group has acquired events-focused Flavorpill Media Inc., including Flavorwire; BDG Media EIC Kate Ward will oversee Flavorwire  —  Flavorpill previously hosted activations with HBO, Uber and Perrier  —  Bustle Digital Group acquired Flavorpill Media Inc. to build out the company's experiential programming, Bustle said.
Discussion: Axios, MediaPost and @jasondashbailey
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Reuters probe finds 1K+ posts attacking Rohingya or other Myanmar Muslims on Facebook as of last week; staffing issues and Burmese language complicate cleanup
David Gilbert / VICE News:   Sources: Facebook has hired an outside group to conduct an audit in Myanmar to investigate its role in ongoing ethnic violence
Washington Post:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is considering promoting alternative viewpoints in timeline, labeling bots, and redesigning the like button and follower count display  —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn't enable …
Jeremy Gordon / The Outline:
For well-intentioned discussion, maybe people should move from Twitter to Tumblr, still the world's 52nd-most popular site but with the feel of a ghost town  —  A reconsideration of the last great blogging platform.  —  Maybe you're familiar with the many reasons why people hate Twitter.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
In Senate hearing, Ajit Pai says he doubted claims FCC's comment system was taken down by an attack, but says IG asked him to keep quiet until the full report  —  FCC chairman Ajit Pai was on the defense Thursday during a Senate oversight hearing when he was questioned about why he didn't correct …
Chantal Fernandez / The Business of Fashion:
After losing $120M+ last year, Condé Nast will integrate UK and US editions of Traveller in 2019; current EIC of the British title will lead the editorial team  —  Condé Nast and Condé Nast International are partnering on a magazine in the first of several global initiatives …
Discussion: Daily Front Row and Fashionista
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media has signed a licensing deal with Canada's Bell Media, which will air Vice programming on its linear and digital platforms  —  After the youth media brand's Viceland channel went off the air in Canada, content has landed with Bell Media.  —  Vice Media has a new home in Canada.
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Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Gaming site IGN is removing all posts by former editor Filip Miucin, who was fired last week after accusations of plagiarism
Discussion: Boing Boing and Variety
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Profile of John Malone, the “Cable Cowboy” billionaire who helped build the pay-TV industry, as he heads into semi-retirement
NBC 6 South Florida:
Judge criticizes Sun Sentinel for publishing redacted details in school shooting case, will issue ruling on school board's request for contempt citation later
 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Watkins / Cincinnati Business Journal:
E.W. Scripps Co. reaches deal with SummitMedia to sell the last 19 radio stations it owns for $47M
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Gallup-Knight survey of 1,203 US adults: 85% don't think tech platforms do enough to combat fake news; 88% want more transparency about how content is surfaced
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
Discussion: YouTube