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2:30 PM ET, August 10, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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
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
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:
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