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3:35 PM ET, August 9, 2019

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A look at the Gannett/Gatehouse deal, which is far from ideal for either company or their readers; neither company has offered a big vision aside from cost cuts  —  What will the largest local news company need to do and be to be successful in the 2020s?  Neither Gannett nor Gatehouse …
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Reuters:
Filing: MNG Enterprises, controlled by Alden Global Capital, reveals a 9.4% stake in New Media Investment Group and says it may vote against a deal with Gannett  —  (Reuters) - Newspaper chain MNG Enterprises revealed a 9.4% stake in New Media Investment Group Inc (NEWM.N) on Friday …
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 …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Sources: Trump's draft executive order calls for new FCC regulations narrowing CDA Section 230 protections for social media platforms when they suppress content  —  Washington (CNN Business)A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge …
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
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
With a subscriber miss, ballooning costs, rivals circling, and a dire need for more in-house hits, Netflix is looking like the entertainment giants it disrupted  —  With a subscriber miss, ballooning costs, competitors circling and an existential need to produce more in-house hits …
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Pew Research Center:
Study: 46% of adult social media users say they're worn out by the number of political posts and discussions seen on social media, up 9 points from summer 2016  —  Well over a year before the 2020 presidential election, many social media users in the United States are already exhausted …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Since debuting in May, Vice Media's astrology app Astro Guide has been downloaded 100,000 times; over half who try the free trial end up subscribing for $6/mo.  —  Like almost every other venture-backed digital media publisher, Vice Media is looking for ways to serve its most engaged readers.
Discussion: @austin_rief and @seyitaylor
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  —  The New York Times is “closely examining” the social-media habits of its deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman …
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.
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch launches Twitch Studio, the company's first broadcasting software, aimed at new streamers, now in closed beta for PC users only  —  This is the company's first broadcast offering  —  Twitch just launched Twitch Studio, the company's first broadcasting software.
Discussion: Engadget and Digiday
 
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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
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
Discussion: The Wrap
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
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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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
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
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
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
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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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
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