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12:40 AM ET, August 25, 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 …
Antonia Hitchens / Wired:
Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, Carla Engelbrecht flew to Phoenix, sat on the couch in a stranger's living room, and observed the stranger watching …
Discussion: @wired
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
With the revival of Sarah Palin's defamation suit against the NYT, a look at the legal arguments, including proving “reckless disregard”, her team will make  —  Sarah Palin has launched countless bogus attacks against what she calls the “lamestream media.”
Lewis Raven Wallace / Nieman Reports:
A look at challenges trans reporters face when out on the job and how their increased newsroom presence is improving the quality and quantity of trans coverage  —  Trans reporters want more accurate and more sensitive coverage of trans issues and an end to false equivalency
Discussion: @landontjones
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.
Mike Janssen / Current:
PBS and PBS Kids to launch on YouTube TV in November; sources: some local PBS stations may have to pay $250 or $1,500 a month for local live streaming  —  PBS is exploring ways to help stations defray the potentially high costs of transmitting their live broadcast signals via YouTube TV …
Discussion: 9to5Google and The Streamable
Dana Feldman / Forbes:
eMarketer: 55.3% of Americans will view content via OTT subscriptions in 2019; Netflix to lose market share to Hulu and Amazon Prime Video over next few years  —  Just how rocky could things get for Netflix as the influx of new streaming competitors enter the playing field?
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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.
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
 
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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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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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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