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2:30 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  —  Police now entering Next Media Bldg to search upon @JimmyLaiApple arrest #NationalSecurityLaw https://hk.on.cc/... https://twitter.com/...
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and Deadline
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
In a memo to advertisers, TikTok says it will refund ad campaigns it can't fulfill due to a US ban and will work with influencers to migrate to other platforms  —  (Reuters) - TikTok is preparing advertisers for a possible ban of its app in the United States, ad buyers said, offering refunds for ad campaigns that are unable to run.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Discussion: NME and @daveleeft, more at Techmeme »
 
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John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Advertising seems to be on by default in iOS 14, while other advertisers and ad networks will have to ask for permission to track users
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
Megan K. Stack / New York Times:
Profile of journalist Behrouz Boochani, who as a detainee exposed human rights abuses in Australia-run offshore detention center for refugees after fleeing Iran
Andy Paras / @andyparas:
[Thread] A look at SC's newspaper war amid media contraction, as The Post and Courier and McClatchy's The State add reporters, sometimes poaching from Gannett
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