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9:05 PM ET, August 16, 2019


 Top News: 
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
EIC Megan Greenwell is leaving Deadspin and says G/O Media leaders refused to guarantee Deadspin's editorial independence and told the site to “stick to sports”  —  The new bosses in charge of what used to be the Gawker network of websites have drastically upended the culture …
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 …
Rand Fishkin / SparkToro:
Study from clickstream data company, Jumpshot: for the first time, a majority of all browser-based searches on 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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The company emerging from a Gannett-GateHouse merger would have a cost savings goal of $300M each year; that's bad for readers, staff, and democracy  —  For a local journalist, having your newspaper snapped up by the Gannett chain never was a joyful prospect.
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
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.
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 …
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
The White House reaffirms its suspension of the press pass of CNN analyst and Playboy correspondent Brian Karem, through September 14; Karem says he will sue
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
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
Discussion: @lenubienne
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Nick Owens, a senior editor for UK's Sunday Mirror resigned after allegedly groping a female journalist in a pub; sources: he was given the option to resign
 Earlier Picks: 
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Transcript of NYT's recent staff meeting, in which execs grappled with queries about a front-page headline on Trump and avoided deep criticisms of NYT's role
Cristina Tardáguila / Poynter:
Facebook is expanding its third-party fact checking program to Instagram, starting with US, and will downplay posts deemed fake on its Explore and Hashtag pages