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8:40 AM ET, August 24, 2018

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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: both David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard were granted immunity so they would describe Trump's role in payments to Daniels and McDougal  —  David Pecker and Dylan Howard corroborated Michael Cohen's account implicating the president in a federal crime.
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Jeff Horwitz / Associated Press:
Sources: Enquirer used a safe for documents about payments and stories it killed as part of ties with Trump; Enquirer first promoted Trump for president in 2010  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories …
Washington Post:
How National Enquirer essentially became a research arm of the Trump campaign and bought the silence of women, based on Cohen case documents  —  In August 2015, David Pecker and Michael Cohen hatched a plan to help a mutual friend in need.  —  Donald Trump had launched his improbable presidential campaign just two months earlier.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Floyd Abrams on American Media: “If Mr. Pecker and his company acted as is alleged, there should and very likely would be no viable First Amendment defense”
Motherboard:
Leaked docs and sources describe Facebook's content moderation apparatus and the logistics of trying to moderate billions of posts a week in 100+ languages  —  Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook's biggest challenge.
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Sources: The Athletic is struggling to hire reporters for its new D.C. operation, with seven journalists at WaPo's sports desk rejecting offers to move  —  The Athletic, the venture capital-backed digital sports media venture that's plundering sportswriters from news organizations …
Discussion: @ajrod, @dcsportsbog and @ngreenberg
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: @cmclymer, Adweek and New York Post
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
A look at SurfSafe, a browser plug-in that cross-references images with 100 trusted news sites and fact-checking organizations to determine if images are fake  —  WHEN MICHAEL BENNETT played for the Seattle Seahawks, he celebrated wins with a victory dance in the team locker room.
New York Times:
NYT Exec Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn say bylines have not appeared above stories in paper's app or mobile UI for some time  —  Our executive editor, Dean Baquet, and managing editor, Joe Kahn, explain our thinking regarding bylines on our home page.
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Readers object after The New York Times drops bylines from stories on its homepage as part of a redesign
CNN:
Ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner has accepted a plea deal and been sentenced to five years in prison for leaking information to The Intercept  —  (CNN)A former government contractor accused of leaking confidential information to the media has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Lenfest Institute has created the Lenfest Local Lab, a team of news technologists tasked with testing and building products to aid local news  —  In the local news space, what's missing?  (Don't say money.)  —  What about rigorous — maybe even fun — product development and testing?
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
BuzzFeed Investigations Editor Mark Schoofs is leaving the site to join USC Annenberg's journalism school to teach investigative reporting  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Schoofs is joining the USC Annenberg School of Journalism to teach, train and inspire the next generation of high-impact digital journalists.
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour govt may give journalists the right to elect their editors, create journalism fund paid for by tech giants
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Publiq, a planned online content platform based on blockchain, would allow users to avoid censorship but would rely on users to weed out misinformation
Discussion: @raju
 Earlier Picks: 
Hunter Schwarz / CNN:
24% of Trump's Instagram posts from May 22 to August 22 were reposts from Fox News, Fox Business, or “Fox & Friends”
Discussion: Observer and Washington Post
Soutik Biswas / BBC:
To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN suspends contributor Paris Dennard following a WaPo story that said he was fired from Arizona State University after sexual harassment allegations
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Dan Rose, Facebook's VP of partnerships who led deals such as its Instagram buy, leaving in Feb.; sources: Facebook has likely identified replacement internally
Discussion: MediaNama and Variety