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9:15 AM ET, August 1, 2019

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Tom Jones / Poynter:
Internal memo says LA Times is nowhere close to meeting its goal of doubling digital subs from 150K in 2018 to 300K in 2019, having only netted 13K this year
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
CNN's first debate, featuring divisive questions, frustratingly short response times, and outsize attention to fringe candidates, was a lost opportunity  —  About 40 minutes after the start of Tuesday night's Democratic debate, I got an email from a Washington Post reader with this subject line: “I don't care for this.”
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Seventeen journalists discuss “aha” moments that changed the way they thought about their work  —  Between 2013 and 2016, I worked as a reporter for The New York Observer.  It was my first full-time job in journalism, there was little oversight, and I had no assigned beat.
Reuters:
Thomson Reuters Q2: $1.42B in revenue, up 9% YoY; it and Blackstone-affiliated funds have sold Bloomberg rival Refinitiv to the London Stock Exchange for ~$27B  —  Thomson Reuters Corp on Thursday reported a 9% rise in quarterly sales compared to the same period a year ago, while also raising its forecasts for the next two years.
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Julia Alexander / Medium:
Given the sea of Netflix content, show cancellations due to low ratings may reflect a failure of the algorithm to surface shows, rather than a lack of interest  —  [A quick note!!  Hi!  I used to write a newsletter, but I stopped because life got busy.  Lately, I haven't been able to sleep very much.
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
Profile of Hu Xijin, the influential and hawkish EIC of China's Global Times, a Fox News-like tabloid, with 2M print readers and 30M monthly online visitors  —  BEIJING — Inside a bustling, 700-person newsroom in downtown Beijing, Hu Xijin leads a 24-hour propaganda machine that some media scholars call China's Fox News.
Discussion: @niubi
Kaitlyn Tiffany / Vox:
A look at FairTube, an 18,000-strong union-like organization by YouTube creators seeking greater transparency and a bigger voice in the platform's policies  —  Yes, and no. They at least have the support of a really big one.  —  YouTubers are unionizing — kind of.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Profile of Warner Bros.' incoming CEO Ann Sarnoff, the first woman to lead the studio, who brings diverse experience from Viacom, WNBA, Dow Jones, and the BBC  —  Ann Sarnoff has yet to begin her new job as chairman-CEO of Warner Bros., but she already has deep family ties to the entertainment company.
University of Birmingham:
Researchers find WhatsApp was used both to spread fake news and to strengthen accountability and promote inclusion around Nigeria's 2019 elections  —  At the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday 29 July, researchers from the Centre for Democracy and Development (Nigeria) …
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Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bloomberg says subscribers are spending between four and five hours a day watching BloombergTV+, now available in HD and 4K, on Bloomberg.com
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Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Facebook is working on a new TV device that can stream video and make video calls using its Portal tech, and has approached Netflix, Disney, and others
Wall Street Journal:
Four major broadcast networks sue Locast, which is funded by AT&T, to try to stop it from freely retransmitting the signals of their local TV stations
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After six months fact-checking for Facebook, Full Fact makes 10 recommendations, including expanding the program to Instagram, enlisting help on public health
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Chrome's version 76 update makes it easier to bypass paywalls by closing a loophole that let publishers detect browsers in incognito mode
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Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Spotify reports 108M paying subscribers in Q2, up 31% YoY, and an operating loss of €3M on revenue of €1.67B, up 31% YoY; stock drops 5%+
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Deadspin, owned by G/O Media, is planning a story on company CEO Jim Spanfeller; Spanfeller reacts publicly with plans for an outside editor to review the story