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9:45 PM ET, August 19, 2020


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Asha Barbaschow / ZDNet:
Australia's consumer watchdog says Google is disseminating misinformation as it fights new bargaining rules for Google and news media; Google denies the claim  —  Watchdog calls out Google as touting misinformation while the search giant says the new Media Bargaining Code as drafted is unworkable.
Peter Weber / The Week:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes NBC News for its “totally false and divisive” tweet saying she did not endorse Joe Biden in her DNC speech  —  The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden as its presidential candidate on Tuesday night …
Brent Lang / Variety:
NBCU vice chairman Ron Meyer steps down after disclosing that he was being extorted over his affair with a woman who threatened to also “falsely implicate” NBCU
Sources: NBCU's Ron Meyer had reached a settlement with actress Charlotte Kirk, who was linked to the resignation of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara in 2019
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ankhi Das, a top Facebook exec in India, filed a criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari for sharing a WSJ article critical of Das on Facebook  —  New Delhi, August 19, 2020 - Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NPR says 57M people consume NPR content each week, up 10% YoY, with unique weekly visitors to up 94% and live stream listeners up 39% YoY  —  Since the pandemic took hold in the United States, NPR's radio ratings have taken a nosedive.  Half of AM/FM listening in the United States takes place …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Circulation figures for January 2020 show UK publishers Reach, DMGT, and News UK own a combined 90% of the national print newspaper market  —  Two men control more than two-thirds of the UK's print newspaper market: Lord Rothermere and Rupert Murdoch.  —  Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Belarusian Association of Journalists: at least 69 journalists were detained since 9 August, the day of the election, with 36 of those beaten and injured
As the flow of new content dries up, studios are capitalizing on demand from streamers by licensing films for shorter, one to three month runs
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix says it's testing Shuffle Play, which will randomly play a show you're watching, something you've put on a list, or a title similar to stuff you watched
Aaron Gordon / The Mail:
Motherboard launches an email newsletter about the US Postal Service and a printed zine on the subject delivered monthly by mail, to run through end of November