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11:45 PM ET, August 11, 2019

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Jo Becker / New York Times:
Investigation: US and Russian domains that traffic in disinformation are linking to Swedish far-right sites, helping drive their rapid growth in the country  —  Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia.  Then came waves of immigrants — and the forces of populism at home and abroad.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Dueling hashtags on Twitter, blaming Clintons and Trump for Epstein's death, predictably amplified by the media, show how poisoned our information ecosystem is  —  With each news cycle, the system grows more efficient.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:
The El Paso shooting was the deadliest attack on Latinos in recent history, yet national headlines and TV chyrons downplayed that fact and emphasized Trump  —  I've been a professional journalist for 20 years.  But this week, the media failed Latinos in America during what was perhaps our darkest hour in my lifetime.
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Netflix's government lobbying efforts, which have shifted in recent months to align more with Hollywood studios and less with Silicon Valley  —  Rather than align itself with the tech giants under increasing Washington pressure, the streamer has joined forces with the studios …
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
Liana Van Nostrand / NPR:
Despite NPR listener complaints about how reporters and hosts speak and sound, the variety of voices helps NPR reflect the diversity of its audience  —  What comes to mind when you imagine an “NPR voice”?  You might hear the rich baritone of Bob Edwards.  You might think of Terry Gross' velvety timbre.
HuffPost:
Since YouTube changed its recommendation algorithm in January to deprioritize conspiracy theories, monthly views of Fox News' YouTube channel more than tripled  —  Conspiracy channels all over the platform are funneling increased traffic to Fox.  —  Early this year, YouTube adjusted …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
A look at BBC's Extend In News program, which embeds people with disabilities in the newsroom and has recruited 31 journalists since it piloted in 2017  —  The broadcaster places reporters at the likes of Panorama and Money Box to find their passions, hone their skills and support access to the workplace
Discussion: @leonardcheshire
Tommy Craggs / Mother Jones:
Four writers who are constantly online talk about reclaiming and retraining their attention span in an economy built on capturing and manipulating it  —  Can the very online ever unplug?  An entire cottage industry has sprung up around this particular anxiety: everything from offline vacations and …
Blake Montgomery / The Atlantic:
Profile of Amazon Publishing, which puts out around 1,100 titles a year and, like Prime Video, exists to reinforce Prime memberships  —  What does the e-commerce giant want with the notoriously fickle world of publishing?  To own your every reading decision.  —  Have you read Victoria Helen Stone's False Step?
Discussion: @theatlantic
Rae Ellen Bichell / kunc.org:
Longmont, a city in Colorado, is doing a feasibility study on how to change the way its library is funded, in a way that might also help fund local journalism  —  Many parts of the Mountain West are news deserts — and it's getting worse.  More than 20 counties in our region have no local newspaper.
Discussion: @jenniferbrandel
 
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Jacqui Banaszynski / Nieman Storyboard:
Q&A with Michael Kruse, senior staff writer at Politico on covering his first Trump rally in Greenville in a “sweaty, panicky, fatigue-fighting sprint”
Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
How First News, UK's only newspaper for preteens and teenagers, tries to cover stories like Brexit and climate crisis without overwhelming its young readers
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Interview with “Archie Carter”, a writer who pranked Quillette with a now-pulled essay while posing as a blue-collar member of Democratic Socialists of America
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
11 current and past YouTube moderators say popular creators like Logan Paul often get special treatment in the form of looser interpretations of guidelines
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ and RCFP file a FOIA lawsuit seeking docs about a US Customs agent's contact with NYT's Ali Watkins regarding an investigation to identify leakers
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Glow, a platform for podcast creators to set up payment options for fans to fund their shows, raises $2.3M seed from Katzenberg's WndrCo, Greycroft, and others
 

 
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The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

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Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

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