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9:15 AM ET, August 12, 2019

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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.
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.
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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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 …
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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
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
FT says 27 polls it ran since March to increase retention in FirstFT, its newsletter with 100K+ subs, drove the highest click-through rates of all other links  —  The Financial Times has started incorporating polls into its email newsletters in an effort to encourage readers to interact …
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 …
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.
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
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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”
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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
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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
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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting Bing.com, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, and more; ChatGPT and DuckDuckGo have similar issues

André Beganski / Decrypt:
The US House passes the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, which would create a regulatory framework for digital assets

 
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