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10:45 AM 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
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
CBS News:
Recording: Trump campaign officials discussed how to “spin” Apprentice outtake tapes showing Trump using the N-word if they were released
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Axios hires Felix Salmon and CNBC's Courtenay Brown and plans to expand coverage of markets and finance, adding a newsletter, Axios Edge  —  Axios is hiring Felix Salmon and Courtenay Brown to spearhead its foray into coverage of the public markets.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Leslie Moonves accuser Christine Peters is shopping a book titled “Hollywood Granola: My Life With Nuts and Flakes” and is near deal with publisher  —  Sources say the ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ producer is pitching a memoir titled 'Hollywood Granola …
Discussion: @tatianasiegel27
BBC:
BBC will not appeal ruling over its coverage of police raid at Sir Cliff Richard's home in 2014, but asks UK Attorney General to consider review of the law  —  The BBC will not challenge a ruling over its coverage of a police raid at Sir Cliff Richard's home in 2014 at the Court of Appeal.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Financial Times CEO John Ridding returns £510K of his annual £2.6M pay packet, after staff complained it was 100x the salary of a trainee journalist  —  Union complained that John Ridding's pay was 100 times that of a trainee journalist  —  The chief executive of the Financial Times …
Discussion: @jimwaterson and @rositaboland
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  —  CALL IT JEFFREY Katzenberg's unicorn newborn.  An operating company has come into being, ex nihilo, with the blandest of names—NewTV—and a valuation north of $1 billion.
Karolle Rabarison / Online News Association:
2018 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced, and James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting goes to photojournalist Nicole Tung  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Finalists for the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of local and international media, nonprofit, public …
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  —  The people behind the insanely successful podcast My Favorite Murder are expanding their reach with a new podcasting network.
 
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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
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
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: New York Media, parent company of New York Magazine and several sites, is exploring strategic options including a possible sale
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
US State Department says it believes missing journalist Austin Tice is still alive; Tice's mother Debra says they have spoken directly with Trump about the case
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