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2:45 PM ET, August 24, 2019

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Megan Greenwell / Deadspin:
On her last day, Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell describes the tragedy of digital media, where execs know less about making money than do ignored employees  —  There is a version of the story of this company in which idealistic journalists, unconcerned with profit, are posed against ruthless business-doers …
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney+ to allow unlimited offline viewing on any number of devices, 4 simultaneous streams, and up to 7 profiles, will have a unique UI for kids, and more  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  Today was a big day for Disney at the D23 Expo.
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Sites like Newsbuzzr leech media outlet content for ad revenue by copying and reposting articles after running them through an automated synonym generator  —  Scammers have cooked up a truly strange scheme to leech traffic from journalists.  —  Something odd caught my eye on Twitter the other day.
Matthew Ball / New York Times:
The goal of most streaming services is to lock audiences into their ecosystem and sell their more profitable products: shoes, cruises, wireless subscribers  —  As media monoliths bundle their offerings, consumers will once again have to pay for a bunch of shows they don't want.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
A graphic look at a columnist's web activity during a typical workday shows how websites track users; news sites used the most tracking resources  —  Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times's Privacy Project asked me whether I'd be interested in having all my digital activity tracked …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Profile of Kentucky's Adair County Community Voice newspaper, whose owner, Sharon Burton, doesn't shy away from covering the impact of the opioid epidemic  —  The lead stories in the Adair County (Kentucky) Community Voice newspaper's website so far this week include a notice that locals …
Discussion: @poynter, @atompkins, @poynter and @ruralj
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix says it is testing “Collections” on iOS that are curated by experts on the company's creative teams based on factors like genre, tone, and story line  —  Netflix is testing a new way to help users find TV shows and movies they'll want to watch with the launch of a …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
It is time for April Ryan and CNN to comment about Ryan's bodyguard manhandling a reporter, or they will relinquish their standing as First Amendment champions  —  Ever since she joined CNN in 2017, April Ryan has distinguished herself as a vociferous and resilient advocate for press freedom.
Ayanti Bera / Reuters:
Seven top US publishers sue Audible, aiming to block the planned rollout of Captions, the new feature that shows text on screen as a book is narrated  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday …
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A former student at Georgetown Prep, Brett Kavanaugh's alma mater, is suing Ashley Feinberg and HuffPost over a story and corrections about the school's culture
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New York Times:
Profile of Floyd Brown and his conservative news site, The Western Journal, which grew to 4M+ monthly readers in 2014 on sensationalized news, and its decline
David Folkenflik / NPR:
How Vanity Fair, ABC News, and NYT fell short in Epstein coverage; sources: ex-NYT financial reporter Landon Thomas solicited $30K from Epstein for a charity
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NBC News:
Facebook bans pages associated with The Epoch Times from advertising after finding its pro-Trump ads had shifted to other pages, avoiding ad transparency rules
Simon Applebaum / MediaVillage:
Interview with WarnerMedia Innovation Lab's GM Jesse Redniss, as the project prepares to become operational in Manhattan's Chelsea district by March 2020
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google research indicates blocking cookies causes news sites to lose an average of 62% of ad revenue, proposes new controls to make it harder to track users