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8:05 PM ET, August 16, 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 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.
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
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.
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.”
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, @jasondashbailey and MediaPost
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
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Reporters feel that the Pentagon retaliates against negative coverage by excluding them from briefings; one journalist's embed with US troops was pulled  —  Coupled with eroding access to top Defense Department officials, Pentagon reporters say it's becoming increasingly difficult to provide critical information to Americans.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
With 255K digital subscriptions, the Times and Sunday Times are updating their mobile apps by enabling comments and telling users when journalists are online  —  The Times and Sunday Times are updating their comments sections to allow readers to see when their favourite journalists are online and more easily take part in discussions.
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 …
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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
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
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
Discussion: Daily Front Row and Fashionista
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
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Profile of John Malone, the “Cable Cowboy” billionaire who helped build the pay-TV industry, as he heads into semi-retirement
Sara Su / Facebook:
Facebook says it proactively identified 52% of hate speech in Myanmar it removed in Q2 2018 using AI, up from 13% in Q4 2017