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8:35 PM ET, August 17, 2018


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Source: Amazon is working on a DVR that will record live TV, wirelessly connect to Fire TV boxes, and stream the video to smartphones  —  - Box would record live TV and stream that video to smartphones  — Device competes with offerings from TiVo, Dish's Slingbox
Christopher Barca / Queens Chronicle:
Ocasio-Cortez campaign says she was “mobbed” by reporters at a Bronx community meeting, leading to a press ban for two listening tour stops  —  Media was barred after reporters ‘mobbed’ her at an earlier event  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that stops on her …
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
How The Sun climbed above the Mail Online's digital reach, registering 29.7M UK users in June vs. Mail Online's 28.3M, despite earlier paywall missteps  —  It is exactly five years since Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper stable made its audacious - and we can now say almost calamitous - move to put The Sun behind a digital paywall.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Viacom lays off more than 30 Awesomeness employees following last month's acquisition; Awesomeness CEO Jordan Levin has left the company  —  As expected, Viacom has made a round of layoffs at Awesomeness, pink-slipping more than 30 employees of the digital-media company it acquired last month from NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst.
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.
Rob Arcand / The Outline:
PEOPLE, a free to listeners, non-commercial audio publishing platform focused on musician collaboration and works-in-progress, to launch on August 18  —  PEOPLE, their new streaming platform that prioritizes collaboration and de-emphasizes the algorithm, launches this weekend.
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: VentureBeat and @lucas_shaw
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
DOJ opposes Facebook's efforts to dismiss fair housing groups' lawsuit claiming discriminatory ad targeting, says Communications Decency Act does not apply here  —  The Department of Justice on Friday formally opposed an effort by Facebook to dismiss a lawsuit by several housing groups …
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.
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.
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump assails The Boston Globe for leading an effort to support a free press, says he wants “true freedom of the press” but “fake news” is trying to hurt people
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