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12:25 PM ET, August 17, 2018


 Top News: 
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Jaclyn Reiss / The Boston Globe:
The US Senate passes a resolution by unanimous voice vote affirming the media “is not the enemy of the people” and condemning attacks on the free press  —  The US Senate on Thursday passed a resolution by unanimous consent affirming that the media “is not the enemy of the people.”
John Herrman / New York Times:
Unlike smaller web forums, centrally run social media platforms like Twitter are just too big to nurture healthy online communities  —  In late July, President Trump aimed his Twitter account at the platform itself: “Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans,” he wrote.  “Not good.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
comScore: pure play streaming services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now reach 5% of US Wi-Fi households, up 58% since last year  —  The number of U.S. households watching streaming TV services - those that deliver cable TV-like programming over the internet - has grown a remarkable 58% over last year, according to new data from comScore.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Globe & Mail to launch C$999/year subscription newsletter on cannabis, hire at least five journalists for the beat, invest in major live events to demystify it  —  When life gives you nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis, you make high-priced subscription products covering the industry.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Amazon plans an ad campaign in the US, UK, and Germany to boost its music streaming service  —  - Music has become one of the most popular requests for Alexa  —  Amazon is turning up the volume in the music business.  —  The world's largest online retailer will mount the first national TV campaign …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Marya Hannun / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at how the Afghan mujahideen documented the Soviet-Afghanistan war after Congress provided a $500,000 grant in 1985  —  A mujahid with a videocamera.  Photo: Manzoor Shah, 1988.  Courtesy of the Afghan Media Resource Center.  —  The newsreel depicts Soviet tanks winding their way along the Kabul River.
The Guardian:
Malaysia has repealed its “fake news” law; deputy minister says police will be empowered to deal with the phenomenon  —  Critics say legislation was deployed during Najib Razak's time in office to silence criticism  —  Malaysia has repealed its “fake news” law, the first country in the world to roll back such legislation.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Channel NewsAsia
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Launched seven weeks ago, AMC's movie subscription service Stubs A-List now accounts for 5% of all attendance, with 85K enrollments in the last two weeks  —  After launching seven weeks ago, AMC Theatres' rival ticket-subscription program to MoviePass accounts for 5 percent of all attendance at the country's largest movie chain.
Discussion: USA Today and @thr
PR Newswire:
McClatchy Studios to air three Facebook Watch shows, including a weekly documentary with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Beto O'Rourke's Senate race  —  McClatchy Studios, the documentary production arm of McClatchy (NYSE American-MNI), a leading local media company, announced its inaugural fall lineup …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
A look at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensics Research Lab and its partnership with Facebook as it works to spot the origins of online disinformation  —  IN LATE JULY, a group of high-ranking Facebook executives organized an emergency conference call with reporters across the country.
Discussion: @dfrlab
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.
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Reporters say that the Pentagon retaliates against negative coverage by excluding them from briefings; one journalist's embed with US troops was pulled
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
With 255K digital subscriptions, the Times and Sunday Times are updating their mobile apps to enable comments and tell users when journalists are online
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Relativity Media to UltraV Holdings; Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh has launched a new company, Proxima Media
Discussion: The Wrap
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
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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
Jim Waterson / @jimwaterson:
Prashant Rao has been named global editor at The Atlantic as part of the magazine's continued international expansion