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2:15 PM ET, August 21, 2018

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
CoinDesk, a site which tracks news and info about digital currency like bitcoin, generated $20M in revenue in the first seven months of 2018 and is profitable  —  CoinDesk is the hottest digital media startup that most people haven't heard of, generating around $20 million in revenue through the first seven months of 2018.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook assigns a trustworthiness score to each of its users, tracking things like whether an article a user flags as false turns out, after review, to be true  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Responding to NYT story, Asia Argento denies sexual assault allegations, says boyfriend Anthony Bourdain paid actor Jimmy Bennett after he tried to extort them  —  The Italian actress, who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, responds to a report …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
April Ryan says she recently had to hire a bodyguard with her own money and says people have waited outside the White House to confront her  —  The CNN contributor says she recently hired a bodyguard on her own dime.  —  Few reporters have lived the Trump administration's war against the press …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
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Megan Keller / The Hill:
New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel shared a voicemail of a man threatening him with an AK47 and calling him an “enemy of the people”  —  New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel on Monday shared a voicemail of a man threatening him and calling him an “enemy of the people.”
Discussion: The Wrap
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
A look at Facebook's plans to avert interference in the midterms, including putting people from various teams in a physical war room, a first for a US election  —  Is it enough?  —  Two weeks ago, on a hastily scheduled conference call with journalists, Facebook executives announced …
Discussion: @profgalloway
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Apple says it has purchased the rights to a series based on Nathaniel Rich's recent New York Times Magazine article on climate change, “Losing Earth”  —  LOS ANGELES — A recent New York Times Magazine article about climate change and the political forces that have stymied efforts …
Discussion: The Wrap, MacRumors, Decider and 9to5Mac
Luke DeCock / Raleigh News & Observer:
As The Athletic expands to cover Carolina, Raleigh News & Observer sports writer Luke DeCock says the site can't cover the community the way a newspaper can  —  You may have seen, on Facebook and Twitter, another wave of posts from sportswriters about why they're joining The Athletic …
CBS News:
CBS Corporation could be forced to pay CEO Les Moonves $200M+ if he leaves before the end of his contract in 2021  —  CBS Corporation could be forced to pay CEO Les Moonves upwards of $200 million if he leaves before the end of his contract in 2021.  Moonves took home nearly $70 million …
 
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The News Media Alliance, which represents 2000 news and media organizations, has urged the FTC to take action over tech companies' “anti-competitive” behavior
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New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Carolyn Ryan named inaugural recipient of the NLGJA Leadership Award
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Kashmir Hill / Jezebel:
While journalists generalize when writing about complex issues, NYT's omission of Mary Stone Ross from its deep dive on CA privacy law is odd given her key role