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10:40 AM ET, August 19, 2019

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The Daily Beast:
Mark Halperin, who faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment in 2017, signs a book deal with publisher Regan Arts  —  News of the “Game Change” author's deal with Regan Arts came as a shock to his accusers, and prominent Democrats interviewed in the book have been scrambling to explain themselves.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku Channel adds a kids section with 7,000 free TV shows and movies curated by an in-house team, with 40% less ad volume than regular Roku Channel content  —  Curated by humans, not algorithms  —  The Roku Channel currently offers a mix of free-to-watch, ad-supported movies, TV shows, and live news.
@pinboard:
[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong-Kong  —  Every day I go out and see stuff with my own eyes, and then I go to report it on Twitter and see promoted tweets saying the opposite of what I saw. Twitter is taking money from Chinese propaganda outfits and running these promoted tweets against the top Hong Kong protest hashtags pic.twitter.com/6Wb0Km6GOb
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify's Premium Family Plan is getting parental controls with an explicit content filter and a Family Mix personalized playlist for the whole family  —  Spotify is rolling out a new Premium Family Plan with a much-awaited setting.  Parents will now have the ability to filter out songs with swearing …
Victoria Kwan / First Draft:
How journalists can avoid amplifying misinformation, given their reporting can improve search engine rankings and increase the visibility for bad info  —  When it comes to websites with masked motives, can coverage do more harm than good?  Recent discussions at First Draft tried to address this inherent problem.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources say WarnerMedia execs were blindsided by new HBO streaming plans, describe how WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey's harsh management style is alienating staff  —  Plans by HBO's new parent company to launch a Netflix rival is coming under fire from insiders — many of whom are pointing the finger at their new boss, John Stankey.
Jessica Lipsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of the Black Panther Party's newspaper, which ran from 1967 to 1980 and at its peak was the most-read Black newspaper in the US  —  In 1968, Billy X Jennings was sitting in class at Laney College, in Oakland, California, when he heard chanting from the courthouse across the street.
Discussion: @cjr, @uroobajamal, @cjr, @jessicalipsky and @cjr
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Q&A with ESPN's investigative reporter Don Van Natta about Backstory, a new show on the network which revisits some of the biggest stories in sports history  —  Don Van Natta has covered the Clinton White House and terrorism in Europe for the New York Times.
Jeff Blumenthal / Philadelphia Business Journal:
American City Business Journals acquires BizEquity, a SaaS company offering business valuation tools and more to financial institutions and wealth managers  —  As part of the deal, the parent company of the Philadelphia Business Journal will make a “significant” capital investment in BizEquity to accelerate its growth.
Discussion: @rafat
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ashley Flowers, the creator and host of true-crime podcast “Crime Junkie”, says several episodes have been pulled down, after being accused of plagiarism  —  Ashley Flowers, creator and host of “Crime Junkie” — currently the No. 1 true-crime podcast — has been accused …
 
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Vice News Tonight is relaunching on Viceland after HBO canceled the newsmagazine series in June, will serve as the new nightly primetime anchor for the channel
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Monthly magazine Cosmopolitan saw its average circulation fall 32% YoY to 206,510 copies in the first six months of 2019, the biggest drop among women's mags
Jon Watkins / fipp.com:
Q&A with Condé Nast VP of Product Lindsay Silver on how the company is evolving its use of AI beyond automating basic tasks like recommendations
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Despite having canceled two dozen shows in 2019, Netflix is no quicker to drop shows than other networks, with 50% making it to season three, comparable to HBO
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
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”
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
 

 
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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