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4:20 AM ET, September 8, 2018


 Top News: 
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
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.
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 …
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
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