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4:55 PM ET, August 10, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Facebook, Google, and Twitter are making the same mistakes big news outlets made decades ago, trying to placate hyperpartisan critics who are “working the refs”  —  The new referees in American politics are Facebook, Google and Twitter, and they would be wise to pay attention to lessons the old media tried to learn.
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong police have arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai as well as his sons and Next Digital execs under its new national security law  —  - Lai's media group had backed pro-democracy demonstrations  — His two sons, media executives also arrested: report
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Galileo Cheng / @galileocheng:
[Thread] Police in Hong Kong are raiding the Next Media Building, amid the arrest of Jimmy Lai and six others under a national security law passed in late June
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14, Apple News+ publishers' web links are opened in the Apple News app by default for Apple News+ subscribers, though this feature can be turned off  —  Apple News in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur has a toggle that's designed to open web links from ‌Apple News‌+ publishers directly …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: after its corporate restructuring announced Friday, about 800 layoffs are expected in WarnerMedia's HBO and Warner Bros. divisions, starting Monday  —  WarnerMedia is expected to let go of at least 800 staffers at its Warner Bros. and HBO operations as part of a broad restructuring put in place by the unit's CEO, Jason Kilar.
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
TikTok announces first round of recipients of its $200M US creator fund, composed of 19 creators, 6 in LA; source: at least one will receive six figures  —  TikTok on Monday pushed back against rivals eager to poach its U.S. video creators (and to lure their audiences) …
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Some publishers worry about the end of the “Trump Bump” in traffic, ratings, and subscriptions if he loses to Biden, as the pandemic decimates the ad market  —  It had been more than a decade since the New York Times launched a brand advertising campaign, but 2017 felt like the right moment.
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic:
Trump, who has dominated US media coverage since 2016, and the pandemic, which has dominated coverage in 2020, are crowding out almost all other topics  —  Over the past six months, it has seemed like every news story is about the coronavirus, or President Donald Trump's failed response to it.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney changes name of 20th Century Fox Television to 20th Television and Fox 21 TV Studios to Touchstone Television  —  No leadership changes or layoffs are expected to come with the moves.  —  To no surprise, Disney is rebranding its TV studios to remove the Fox name from two of them.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chatham names former Tribune Publishing CEO Tony Hunter as CEO of McClatchy when the newspaper chain emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy next month  —  Former Tribune Publishing CEO Tony Hunter will become CEO of McClatchy Co. when the newspaper chain emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy next month …
The Guardian:
BBC's Tony Hall apologizes after the N-word was used during a TV news broadcast, following mass complaints; BBC had initially refused to apologize last month  —  Play Video  —  The BBC's director general, Tony Hall, has apologised after the N-word was used in a TV news broadcast …
Noam Cohen / Wired:
A look at Wikipedia's growing skepticism towards Fox News, designated as a generally unreliable source on politics and science in July  —  The move offered a new model for moderation.  Maybe other platforms will take note.  —  When Karen Bass, a Congresswoman from Los Angeles …
 
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

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