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10:15 AM ET, August 29, 2018

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BuzzFeed News:
Leaked Skype chats and documents show Russia secretly funded group of seemingly independent news websites in Eastern Europe to publish Kremlin propaganda  —  TALLINN, Estonia — The Russian government discreetly funded a group of seemingly independent news websites in Eastern Europe to pump …
Discussion: The Hill
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump's economic adviser Kudlow says White House is “taking a look” at whether Google results should be regulated, amid concerns about alleged conservative bias  —  The Trump administration is “taking a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government …
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Trump accuses Google of rigging its search results to suppress positive news about him and says the situation “will be addressed”
Robert Mitchell / Variety:
Facebook announces the international rollout of Facebook Watch, which first launched in the US a year ago this month, to be available globally from Thursday  —  Facebook has announced the international rollout of Facebook Watch, its video destination for episodic content, which first launched in the U.S. a year ago this month.
New York Times:
Barnes & Noble's board says former CEO Demos Parneros was fired last month for sexual harassment and bullying, adding to earlier allegations of policy violation  —  When Barnes & Noble fired its chief executive, Demos Parneros last month, the bookseller was mysteriously quiet about why.
Discussion: CNBC and Fortune
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Progress News Network to launch a daily, 2.5 minute Facebook exclusive newscast aimed at 35+ year-olds on September 4; revenue focus to begin after the midterms  —  A group of media professionals is launching Progress News Network (PNN), a daily 2.5 minute newscast slated to reach 35-40+ year-olds …
Discussion: Tubefilter
The Information:
Sources: Amazon is planning to launch a free, ad-supported video service for its ~48M Fire TV streaming video device users that is being developed by IMDb  —  Amazon.com is planning to launch a free, advertising-supported video service for the estimated 48 million people who use …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Quartz launches a twice-weekly cryptocurrency newsletter Quartz Private Key at $15 per month or $150 annually  —  Newsletter will cost $15 per month, or $150 annually  —  Quartz is the latest media company attempting to cash in on the growing enthusiasm for cryptocurrency.
Discussion: Poynter, SludgeFeed, @joelight and @rafat
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
HBO quietly removed erotic movies and TV shows earlier this summer, says the decision to move away from adult content preceded its AT&T deal in June  —  HBO's popular drama series “The Deuce” is set in Times Square in the 1970s before the New York neighborhood was purged of its X-rated movie houses and adult book stores.
Discussion: The A.V. Club and TV Tattle
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it removed a further 486 accounts for engaging in “coordinated manipulation”, following the removal of 284 last week  —  Following last week's suspension of 284 accounts for “engaging in coordinated manipulation,” Twitter announced today that it's kicked …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Amazon hires former ESPN executive Marie Donoghue to oversee sports for Prime Video  —  Amazon.com has hired Marie Donoghue, a former ESPN executive, to oversee sports for Prime Video, according to people familiar with the situation.  The hire of Ms. Donoghue …
 
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David Beard / Poynter:
USA Today triples its investigative reporting staff from eight to 24, hiring CIR EIC Amy Pyle to help run the expanded operation
Discussion: USA Today
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
InfoWars, Gateway Pundit, Mike Cernovich, and Daily Caller reporter Ian Miles Cheong wrongly identified a Reddit user as the Jacksonville shooter
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: HuffPost owner Oath has been pitching advertisers on a service that analyzes its 200M+ Yahoo Mail inboxes; source says practice began 10+ years ago
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
CNN is facing backlash after it was revealed Lanny Davis was a source for its Trump Tower story on July 26, the substance of which he has since backtracked on