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5:20 AM ET, August 25, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
In suit challenging Trump's EO, TikTok says in the US it had 11.3M MAUs in Jan. 2018, 91.9M in June 2020, and now has 100M+; globally it had ~700M MAUs in July  —  - TikTok revealed specific U.S. and global growth milestones for the first time in a lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the RNC shapes up to be a “major medical and political disinformation event”, networks should be ready to cut away when Trump and his allies start lying  —  In June—with Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, refusing, due to the pandemic …
New York Times:
Following the DNC, Republicans are rushing to finalize their convention, promising a more traditional in-person spectacle, leaving some TV networks in the dark  —  The party is promising a more traditional in-person spectacle with President Trump speaking every night.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Audible debuts Audible Plus, a $7.95/month tier with unlimited access to a library of 11K+ titles spanning audiobooks, podcasts, and original productions  —  Audible has announced a new service that will provide unlimited listening to a curated library of audio entertainment.
Elon Green / The Appeal:
White writers and editors dominate the true crime genre, getting to choose what crime is worth a feature, which can skew perceptions of what constitutes a crime  —  White voices and victims dominate the genre, which can skew the perception of what constitutes a crime.
Discussion: Best Evidence
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Inside Roku's Non-Certified Channels, unregulated private channels ostensibly for beta testing, some including conspiracy and far-right content  —  DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE  —  The digital streaming device's easy-to-access private channels are a dark place filled with some of the worst of humanity.
Newmark J-School:
Report: Spanish-language US news coverage of topics Latinx audiences are most interested in, like immigration, made up a small and declining share from 2017-19  —  NEW YORK, NY; Aug. 18, 2020: A research report released today by the Center for Community Media (CCM) shows surprising gaps …
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Examples of local TV stations getting duped into covering QAnon events as “just folks” demonstrating against human trafficking  —  Here's an example of local TV (@WNEP, an ABC affiliate in Scranton, PA) getting duped into covering a QAnon event as a “just folks” demonstration against human trafficking. These events happened all over the country today.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Triller says it has partnered with JioSaavn to embed its short videos into Reliance's music streamer, as the app tries to capitalize on India's ban of TikTok  —  Triller, an app that functions similarly to TikTok, has inked a strategic partnership with a platform owned by India's richest man …
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Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Berlin Film Festival says its performance awards will be gender-neutral for next year's edition, which will be a physical event in February
Discussion: The Wrap
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and contributing writer at The Atlantic, who was prescient on major issues like the CDC's erroneous mask advice
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Netflix and others are taking advantage of the global shortage of new TV shows to outbid British channels, raising questions about future TV schedules
Discussion: Digital TV Europe