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9:10 PM ET, August 10, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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  —  Is Apple playing fair?  —  Apple looks to be giving its own ad network a leg up on competitors with customer data that other ad networks can't access.
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
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.
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
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 …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sports Illustrated staff describe mismanagement issues under Maven like the CEO hiring his relatives; Meredith has limited Maven's access to SI's photo archive  —  CUSTODY BATTLE  —  Staffers at the iconic sports mag feel caught in the middle of a war between the brand's owner and its publisher …
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Kevin Tran / Variety:
Data from 7Park: “Hamilton” on Disney+ reached 37% of US households in July, the largest streaming audience of 2020, ~3X that of Netflix's widest-reaching title
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
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Picks: 
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 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
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
The Trade Desk and Roku, the two largest independent ad tech companies, now have a combined market cap of $42.8B, vs. $35.1B for Omnicom, WPP, IPG, and Publicis
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