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3:55 PM ET, August 16, 2019

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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Five years later, a deep dive into Gamergate's origins and how conspiracy-fed trolling tactics it took mainstream are now central to post-truth information wars  —  On August 15, 2014, an angry 20-something ex-boyfriend published a 9,425-word screed and set in motion a series of vile events that changed the way we fight online.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube changes policy: copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via its manual tool  —  YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
A WaPo story that Epstein's autopsy found multiple breaks in neck bones helped fuel conspiracies, but experts say evidence is consistent with suicidal hangings  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
Rand Fishkin / SparkToro:
Study from clickstream data company, Jumpshot: for the first time, a majority of all browser-based searches on Google.com resulted in zero-clicks  —  We've passed a milestone in Google's evolution from search engine to walled-garden.  In June of 2019, for the first time …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group's Elite Daily says its daily Snapchat story reached over 20M unique users last month; Insider's daily story attracted 24M users in February  —  Elite Daily, the Bustle Digital Group-owned Facebook-centric title, has found success on Snapchat.
Discussion: @paulgreenberg
Allison Weis / USA Today:
Journalism student explains why she wants to be in the news media despite barriers including unpaid internships, layoffs, low pay, and attacks by Trump  —  Despite the unpaid internships, low salaries and relentless assaults by our world leaders, the journalism industry isn't dying.  It's just changing.
Discussion: @will_potter and @journostuff
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Taking a stricter approach than Netflix and HBO, Disney and Charter team up to combat “account sharing”, amid a new distribution deal for Hulu, ESPN+, Disney+  —  Deal with Charter aims to stop account sharing on Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.  —  Disney and Charter Communications …
Rowland Manthorpe / Sky News:
Highly charged Instagram political ads have been shown to UK teens ages 13-17, with most from Conservatives; children's commissioner calls content irresponsible  —  Hundreds of ads were shown to 13 to 17-year-olds on Facebook and Instagram, most from the Conservatives featuring Boris Johnson.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google's Area 120 incubator is testing Fundo, a service for YouTube creators to sell invites to online events, personalized shoutouts to fans, and more  —  Google's skunkworks lab Area 120 has been quietly testing an events-centric crowdfunding service for YouTubers, Variety has learned.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The BBC World Service has extended its shortwave radio broadcasts in India-controlled Kashmir defying an almost two-week media blackout imposed by India  —  The BBC World Service has extended its shortwave radio broadcasts in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir after almost two weeks of a media blackout imposed by India.
Discussion: @lenubienne
 
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