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9:30 AM ET, August 9, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook offered millions to ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post, and Bloomberg to license their content for a Facebook news section to debut in 2019  —  Company approached ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post and Bloomberg as it plans to launch news section
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
News UK says The Times and The Sunday Times now have combined paid digital-only subscribers of 304K, up 19% YoY, for a total of 539K paid subscribers  —  The Times and Sunday Times now have more than 300,000 paid digital-only subscribers between them.  —  The titles, which both publish …
Discussion: The Drum
New York Post:
New Media Investment Group's shares fell ~33% between Monday and Wednesday, after the cash and stock acquisition of Gannett was announced, endangering the deal  —  A $1.4 billion deal to buy USA Today owner Gannett Co. has been so poorly received since it was announced on Monday that executives …
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
Rachael Burford / London Evening Standard:
An administrator at The Guardian, who was in charge of paying freelance journalists, has been jailed for 20 months for stealing £138K+ from the newspaper  —  An administrator at The Guardian who stole more than £138,000 from the newspaper to bankroll his wedding has been jailed for 20 months.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Point, a London-based investigative tech journalism YouTube channel, is crowdfunding to launch a misinformation-themed video game based on real-life stories  —  “Misinformer: A Detective Game Based On Real Journalism.”  The investigative online journalism startup Point …
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.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Flipboard to debut its first co-branded podcast series with Digital Trends, as a weekly audio-only spin-off from the video show Digital Trends Live  —  Flipboard, best known for distributing publishers' articles on its platform, is debuting its first co-branded podcast series with tech publisher Digital Trends.
Abigail Summerville / Wall Street Journal:
Strategy Analytics: Roku, through partnership with TCL and others, crossed Samsung to become the top-selling smart-TV platform in the US with a 33% market share  —  The Los Gatos, Calif., firm has carved out a lucrative niche in the world of streaming video despite competing against tech giants
Dave McNary / Variety:
Lionsgate reports Q1 revenue of $963.6M and operating income of $67.3M, beating estimates, amid growth in Starz subscribers to 26.5M, up 2.6M YoY  —  Lionsgate has posted revenues and operating income above Wall Street projections for its first fiscal quarter of 2019, amid growth …
Discussion: The Wrap
 
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Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:
NYT is examining deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman's “poor judgment on social media and in responding to criticism”, after his responses to Roxane Gay
Liberty Media Corporation:
Liberty Media Corporation reported Q2 revenue of $2B and net income of $263M; the company owns 71.1% of SiriusXM as of July 26
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Al Jazeera:
Journalists in Kashmir struggle to report due to a communications blackout; most English and Urdu language papers in Srinagar have not published since Monday
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
How Hacker News moderators Daniel Gackle and Scott Bell practice a personal and slow approach, engaging with users in e-mail chains that can last for years
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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
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
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook is testing selling video streaming subscriptions in the US, starting with four services including BritBox, CollegeHumor's Dropout, and Tastemade Plus
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
Nicholas Jackson / @nbj914:
Pacific Standard EIC says its board is shutting down the publication from next Friday after its primary funder cut off funding
 

 
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The Block:
The US SEC approves spot Ethereum ETFs from BlackRock, Fidelity, Grayscale, Bitwise, VanEck, Ark, Invesco Galaxy, and Franklin Templeton

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Users reported a massive Microsoft outage that impacted Bing, Copilot on the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more

Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
Screenshots of Google's AI Overview giving bizarre answers go viral, including telling users to add “1/8 cup of non-toxic glue” to make cheese stick on a pizza

 
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