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9:30 AM ET, August 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sumner Redstone, the mogul who transformed National Amusements into a media empire that included Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and CBS, has died at 97  —  Mr. Redstone built empire of TV, movies and radio that became focus of power struggle  —  Sumner Redstone, who turned his family's movie-theater company …
CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group  —  CuriosityStream, a streaming platform for documentaries on science, history and other topics, has agreed to go public through …
Hollywood Reporter:
As part of WarnerMedia's layoffs, most of the staff of the streaming service DC Universe have been laid off, as well as top execs and editors of DC Comics  —  The majority of staff of the streaming service DC Universe has been laid off, as has editor-in-chief Bob Harras and multiple other executives on the publishing side.
New York Times:
A case study of a story about Bible burning in Portland, covered by RT and its Ruptly video service, then amplified by US right-wing media and politicians  —  WASHINGTON — For some of President Trump's loudest cheerleaders, it was a story too good to check out: Black Lives Matters protesters in Portland …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook's new policy will label as political any promoted content by US news outlets with direct ties to political groups and ban them from the News tab  —  Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with “direct, meaningful ties” to political groups …
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
The Grayzone, founded by Max Blumenthal, has become a favorite of China's state media and government as it denies crimes against humanity affecting Uighurs  —  A website called The Grayzone has made a name for itself by denying China's campaign of cultural and demographic genocide in Xinjiang.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Researchers find network of 178 hyperpartisan low-quality news sites whose underlying purpose is to collect and sell email addresses and other personal info  —  The reality curated by “The Bearded Patriot” and “The Wolf of Washington” is dismal.  —  The websites tell of nonstop riots and “crazed leftists.”
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 …
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Frank Blethen / The Seattle Times:
Seattle Times publisher endorses initiatives to help local news and local ownership in WA, where 84% of the top 50 regional metro papers aren't locally owned
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Meredith debuts Data Studio, a service that licenses its first-party data to brands, available separately from its advertising business
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Tencent Music reports Q2 net income of $135M, up 1.4% YoY, on revenue of $997M, up 18% YoY; paid users rose 52% YoY to 47.1M
Discussion: Tencent Music and TechCrunch
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT is researching launching a standalone subscription for Wirecutter, akin to existing ones for Cooking and Crosswords
Rachael Myrow / KQED:
California public radio station KQED announces layoffs of 20 staff to help address a projected $7.1M budget gap, blaming a sharp corporate sponsorship decline
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Bill O'Reilly's lawyer says O'Reilly is in final negotiations to host a show in the fall on NY radio station 77 WABC, owned by Trump ally John Catsimatidis
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney changes name of 20th Century Fox Television to 20th Television and Fox 21 TV Studios to Touchstone Television