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4:30 PM ET, August 8, 2019

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Kim Kelly / Columbia Journalism Review:
Freelancer Kim Kelly describes how NPR parted ways with her citing her “activist stance”, after Tucker Carlson aired a segment about her  —  My life with heavy metal, Tucker Carlson, NPR, and strong opinions  —  My first byline was an article for my local newspaper's Teen Voice section …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Interviews with members of a 900-strong private Facebook group for advertisers on Facebook and Instagram showcase the unreliability of Facebook's Ad Manager  —  - Advertisers say system has crashed regularly since November  — Social-media company says it's ‘committed’ to fixing issues
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Court docs show Monsanto ran a “fusion center” that monitored a Reuters journalist and encouraged negative reviews of her 2017 book on its Roundup weedkiller  —  Internal documents show how the company worked to discredit critics and investigated singer Neil Young
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS and AT&T strike a new carriage deal, ending a prolonged blackout of CBS programming  —  CBS and AT&T came to new terms on carriage of CBS stations on the telecommunications giant's DirecTV satellite service, ending a prolonged blackout of CBS programming.  More to come......
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix signs multi-year film and TV deal with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss; sources say the deal is worth $200M  —  David Benioff and Dan Weiss have signed a multiple-year film and TV pact with the streamer, which was bidding for the duo's services alongside Disney and Amazon.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Q3 revenue rose 4% YoY to $3.36B with ad revenue at its cable networks unit up 6% YoY, returning to US advertising growth for the first time since 2014  —  The company, which is led by CEO Bob Bakish and has been in talks with CBS Corp. about a recombination, returned to domestic ad growth …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google will start surfacing individual podcast episodes in search results and will soon let users ask Google Assistant to play podcasts about specific topics  —  Search for what you want to hear  —  Google is taking the next step in making podcasts easier to find.
David Segal / New York Times:
Profile of James Daunt, who saved Britain's Waterstones bookshop chain from the brink of bankruptcy and who will now try to revive Barnes & Noble as its new CEO  —  James Daunt fought Amazon and rescued the country's biggest bookstore chain.  Now comes Chapter 2.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Some pubs including Vice Media and The Stylist Group say revenue and traffic from Apple News has risen in the past few months  —  Publishers including Vice Media and The Stylist Group say they've gotten traffic and, more importantly, revenue lifts from Apple News in the last three months.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Piano created a “propensity” paywall that uses machine learning with 76 metrics to predict how likely someone is to subscribe, and adjusts accordingly  —  They went from being the kid nobody wanted to talk with to one of the cool kids on the block.  (Apparently showing the other kids how to make money helps.)
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
New York Times reaches a high of 4.7M total subscribers in Q2, with nearly 3.8M subscribers to digital products; digital-only subscription revenue grew 14% YoY  —  As digital revenue becomes more central to the newspaper business — and with a small boost from the launch of “The Weekly,” …
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
By expecting the New York Times to be the paper of resistance, something it has vowed to never be, liberals are positioned for perpetual disenchantment
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's newspapers circulation auditor ABC will stop publishing six-monthly reports for regional papers, instead publishing on a rolling basis throughout the year
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Ofcom: streaming services' subscriptions for Q1 in UK: Netflix posts the largest gains, up 26% YoY to 11.5M, Amazon Prime trails with 6M but is up 23% YoY
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal judge rules that Ed Butowsky's libel suit against NPR for revealing his role in funding an investigation into the death of Seth Rich can go forward
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Researchers studying disinformation in the Philippines and countermeasures by Facebook and YouTube say little has improved since 2016, a red flag for elsewhere
Governing:
Governing magazine, owned by e.Republic, will cease print publication after September and will ramp down its web presence over the next few months
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Nicholas Jackson / @nbj914:
Pacific Standard EIC says its board is shutting down the publication from next Friday after its primary funder cut off funding
USA Today:
USA TODAY office in McLean, VA was evacuated after police responded to what they say was a mistaken report of a man with a weapon
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Media Group says it broke even in the last financial year, digital now makes up 56% of revenue, and it has 655,000 regular paying supporters
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
US radio giant Entercom Communications says it will acquire podcast companies Pineapple Street Media, source says for $18M, and Cadence13, source says for $50M
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Days after the El Paso shooter echoed language used by Fox News hosts, Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America”