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4:20 AM ET, September 8, 2018

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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Shorenstein Center and Lenfest Institute release report on local news solutions: subscription bundling, a news startup database, expanding revenue sources, more  —  A crisis and/or a crossroads: That's one of the many takeaways from a gathering of several dozen leaders from news organizations …
Discussion: Shorenstein Center
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BuzzFeed News:
Apple says it has permanently banned Infowars' app from the App Store  —  One day after his ban from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been kicked off yet another platform: Apple's popular App Store.  As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars and Infowars app return no results.
BuzzFeed:
Twitter permanently suspends Infowars and Alex Jones' accounts, saying they violate “abusive behavior” rules, will suspend other accounts he registers or uses  —  “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy …
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Michael Burke / The Hill:
White House slams the NYT for creating a “wild obsession with the identity” of the anonymous op-ed author; Sanders urges people to call NYT to ask who source is  —  The White House on Thursday slammed The New York Times for creating a “wild obsession with the identity” …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The NYT's decision to publish an anonymous op-ed was neither “gutless” as the president has said, nor a crucial public service, but it was newsworthy
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as Verizon execs remain wary about sharing user data with Oath and ad growth fails to take off, Tim Armstrong weighs leaving as early as October  —  Media executive combined Yahoo and AOL but struggled to marry Verizon's wireless customer data with online advertising
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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is named new director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, succeeding David Levy, who is stepping down after 10 years  —  Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen has been appointed Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Alan Rusbridger …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
NYT to publish ~100 poll results in key congressional battleground races in real time through November 4 to give readers a sense of polling process  —  In a first, the Upshot and Siena College will publish polling results in real time.  —  Over the next two months, The New York Times will talk to more voters than ever before.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
New York Times:
Study of videos on fatal stabbing in Germany found a network of ~650 conspiracy or far-right videos; YouTube consistently led news users toward extremist videos  —  CHEMNITZ, Germany — The day after far-right demonstrators took over the streets here, Sören Uhle, a city official …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fullscreen founder and CEO George Strompolos steps down to move to an advisory role after AT&T secures full ownership of Fullscreen parent Otter Media  —  George Strompolos, founder and CEO of Fullscreen, is stepping down as chief exec to move into an advisory role …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Playboy CEO, Ben Kohn, says he plans to make the magazine a quarterly, walking back earlier comments about ceasing its publication entirely  —  A defiant time capsule surfaces, smack in the middle of #MeToo country.  —  Victoria Oliver placed the upright satin rabbit ears atop her blond tresses.
Discussion: PAPER
 
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Bennett Bennett / The Drum:
Interview with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue on fake news, ad products, algorithms, inspiration, and having a strong identity
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
New “popular film” Oscar category is to be scrapped by the Academy and six to eight categories to be moved to commercial breaks in 2019
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The Bleacher Report's new football-centric talk show, Simms & Lefkoe: The Show, will have fans bet Lefkoe's money on games as states legalize sports gambling
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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Nielsen acquires games market intelligence company SuperData Research, which estimates digital game sales by looking at the behavior of 160M people
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Revenue from The Guardian's content studio is up 66% YoY for the first half of 2018, with the average value of larger deals increasing 36% YoY to £100,000
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DOJ announces hacking charges against a North Korean government spy, linked to the Lazarus Group, in connection with the 2014 Sony hack
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board has offered Les Moonves a ~$100M exit package in negotiation talks that would result in the appointment of COO Joe Ianniello as interim CEO