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1:00 PM ET, August 13, 2019

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Axios:
WordPress.com owner Automattic says it will buy Tumblr from Verizon, take on ~200 staffers, and keep the porn ban; source says Automattic paid less than $10M  —  Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of online publishing tool Wordpress.
CNN:
Washington Post executive editor responds to Bernie Sanders' suggestion that Bezos influences coverage, calling it a “conspiracy theory”  —  (CNN)The executive editor of The Washington Post hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion that the paper's coverage of the presidential candidate …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Detailed post about Epstein's death was on 4Chan 38 minutes before officials announced it; NYC Fire Department investigating if a first responder is responsible  —  The New York City Fire Department is investigating whether a first responder posted about Jeffrey Epstein's death …
Discussion: @profcarroll and New York Times
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Twitter-fed misinformation disaster following Epstein's death makes a case for slow news consumption, where readers disengage from breaking news
Discussion: VICE, The Atlantic and Fox News
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Report: UK to give Ofcom new legal powers to penalize video-sharing platforms that fail to establish robust age verification checks and parental controls  —  European politicians have been tightening the screws on U.S. tech platforms on multiple fronts.  Now, a European-wide directive …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
A combined CBS and Viacom will still not be big enough to compete with Netflix, Apple, and Disney, and will have to become a buyer of smaller companies  —  Shari Redstone controls both Viacom and CBS, and has wanted to merge them for years.  Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Viacom  —  CBS and Viacom are merging.
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
The editorial staff of The Ringer announces it has formed a union with WGA East and seeks voluntary recognition from management  —  Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIF  —  The editorial staff of The Ringer announced this morning that they have formed a union with the WGA East.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Content compensation company Sourcepoint releases a consent-authentication tool that eliminates the need for pubs to use third-party cookies  —  Some publishers, anxious to reduce their reliance on third-party cookies while still meeting data-privacy law requirements, are considering …
Lily Kuo / The Guardian:
Chinese state media outlets went from near silence and blanket censorship on the protests in Hong Kong to actively pushing propaganda, over the past two months  —  China's media used to ignore the turmoil.  Now the state is waging a campaign that could pave the way for intervention
Discussion: Politico and PEN America
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
FuboTV launches its ad-supported Fubo Sports Network on Roku's streaming service, The Roku Channel, and plans its first foray into original content soon  —  FuboTV has launched its ad-supported channel Fubo Sports Network on Roku's streaming service, The Roku Channel, the two companies announced Tuesday morning.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Spectator, which has been published in the UK since 1828, is launching a US monthly print version in October, after starting a US digital presence last year  —  The Spectator, the world's oldest English-language magazine, is launching a U.S. monthly print version for the first time in its history …
Discussion: @jason_pontin
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
This fall, Group Nine Media will begin to launch podcasts across its four brands (NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker, and Thrillist) in an exclusive iHeartMedia deal
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Maryam Saleh / The Intercept:
Arab “sahafiyat”, women reporters in the Middle East and North Africa, reflect on producing journalism in and for their home countries and for Western audiences
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau:
[Thread] A bleak prognosis for the future of journalism education in the US amid demographic changes, declines in student enrollment and newspaper readership
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
The work of J.D. Salinger, including “The Catcher in the Rye”, finally launches digitally after his son relents, filling a major e-book gap
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
French regulators approve a plan by the country's heavyweight broadcasters to launch Salto, a joint streaming service expected in Q1 2020, to battle Netflix
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Brazilian TV network Globo builds $50M studio to produce content for its own platforms and to sell internationally, vows to never sell to Netflix or Amazon
Discussion: @basche42
New York Times:
How YouTube radicalized Brazil, diverting users to conspiracy and far-right channels, elevating Bolsonaro's party, and possibly creating a public health crisis
 

 
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says the platform will make Likes private for everyone this week, meaning users will no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

Verne Kopytoff / Fortune:
In an interview, OpenAI CTO Mira Murati responded to Elon Musk's denouncement of Apple's OpenAI deal, saying OpenAI cares deeply about user privacy and security

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo updates the software on its 672 vehicles, after one unoccupied car collided with a telephone pole in Phoenix on May 21, marking Waymo's second recall ever

 
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