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7:45 PM ET, August 28, 2019


 Top News: 
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook tightens rules for political advertisers in the US, requiring further identity proof such as tax-ID number or Federal Election Commission registration  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced it would tighten some of its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump accuses Fox News of “heavily promoting the Democrats” and urges his Twitter followers to “start looking for a new News Outlet”  —  President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Fox News, accusing the conservative network of “heavily promoting the Democrats” …
Federal judge rules in favor of Gizmodo Media Group in a $100M lawsuit brought by ex-Trump spokesman Jason Miller over a story about a child custody case  —  A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Splinter, the site's managing editor, Katherine Krueger, and the site's parent company …
Jeanine Santucci / USA Today:
Beto O'Rourke's staff removed a Breitbart writer from a campaign event, later saying site “walks the line between being news and a perpetrator of hate speech”  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's staff had a Breitbart News writer removed from an event in South Carolina on Tuesday.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC says it will launch a voice assistant built into its website and iPlayer next year, allowing users to use their voices to engage with BBC content  —  Corporation recording voices of staff across UK to help Beeb software understand accents  —  The BBC is preparing to launch a rival …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Sources and leaked emails from 2017 show Clarity Media, the owner of the Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner, explored purchasing the Federalist  —  As Donald Trump rose to take over the Republican Party, conservative media splintered: Some outlets became his mouthpieces, some his enemies …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Actress Paz de la Huerta adds Disney, Bob Iger, and ex-CEO Eisner to $60M sexual assault lawsuit against Weinstein, alleging their decision-making enabled him  —  Nearly a year after first taking the much-accused Harvey Weinstein to court, Paz de la Huerta has today added the Walt Disney Company …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Kinzen, which initially built a consumer app for curated news, is now helping publishers offer personalized news on their own platforms, newsletters, and sites  —  When Mark Little and Áine Kerr first began thinking about developing a news product, they started going where many people had gone before …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu launches its live TV guide on the web, Roku, and Apple TV, and says the Live Guide is coming to other platforms soon  —  Yesterday, Hulu began rolling out an updated version of its mobile app sporting the brand-new interface the company first unveiled at CES in January.
Shoshana Wodinsky / Adweek:
Hudson MX, an ad-tech firm that provides a platform to buy ads on local broadcasters, partners with Comscore to bring its targeting tech to local markets  —  The partnership sees new-school tech pumped into old-school platforms  —  Thanks to the advent of ad tech, fine-grained audience targeting …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Inkitt, a crowdsourced publishing platform that has 1.6M readers and 110K writers, raises $16M Series A, and says its reading app Galatea has a run-rate of $6M
Sara Firth / The Guardian:
Journalist says covering Syria is demoralizing, as citizens feel alone and reporters expect interviews and graphic footage to never make it to the public
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
USC study of 1,200 popular films between 2007-2018 shows Latinx underrepresentation: 4% of directors, 3% of producers, 4.5% of named or speaking acting roles
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Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Q&A with David Karpf, the tenured professor whose “bedbug” tweet prompted NYT's Bret Stephens to copy Karpf's provost on an email complaining about the tweet
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Judge says he will rule on Friday or Tuesday on the restoration of Brian Karem's White House press pass, after a hearing on the context of a Rose Garden dispute
Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki uses her quarterly letter to defend content that may be controversial but draws a line at problematic content that violates standards
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Netflix gives The Irishman a 27-day theatrical release window, its longest yet, starting November 1; major movie chains like AMC and Regal will not carry it