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7:00 AM ET, August 2, 2021

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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
YouTube issues strike, suspends Sky News Australia for a week over its videos denying COVID-19 existence, promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin  —  Digital giant issues strike after channel posted videos denying the existence of disease and encouraging people to use discredited medication
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Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Profile of Keith Kelly, whose Media Ink column for NY Post has been a must-read for those in magazine publishing for 23 years, as he retires from the tabloid  —  For 23 years, his Media Ink column for The New York Post was a must-read for magazine machers.  What's next?
Cath Clarke / The Guardian:
A new documentary film follows three journalists from Khabar Lahariya, India's only all-women news org, as they report on rural issues through a feminist lens  —  India's only all-women news organisation is the subject of an award-winning documentary.  The film-makers explain their inspiring courage and energy
Maya Wolfe-Robinson / The Guardian:
Report: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Semitism reported via their own complaint systems  —  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and TikTok failing to act on most reported anti-Jewish posts, says study
Stitch / The Verge:
Some K-pop stars are bypassing Twitter and Facebook to create platforms for fans, like Universe, which features AI-generated voice calls with the idols  —  Fandom has changed a lot since I was a kid.  As a tween, I had no hope of getting in touch with celebrities I adored like Britney Spears and Whitney Houston.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Profile of Netflix's head of movies Scott Stuber, who has grown original film output from 21 in 2016 to 70+ in 2021, as it makes deals with Spielberg and others  —  Two years ago, the legendary director reportedly opposed the idea that streaming films should qualify for Oscars.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
In email to members, WGAE says it “put a pause” on organizing new digital newsrooms, as debate grows over its membership and whether to accept more journalists  —  At issue is whether the union, which has primarily represented screenwriters in the past, should take on more journalists
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Analysis: The Gateway Pundit, known for publishing 2020 US election and COVID-19 misinformation, earned up to $1.1M in Google ads revenue from Nov. 2020 to June  —  All of these things are true, at least according to the Gateway Pundit: Election officials lost or tampered with millions of Trump votes on election night last November.
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
US Department of Labor survey shows reading among people 15 years old and up increased by 21% in the May-December period in 2020 over the same period in 2019  —  The theory among publishers that book sales rose last year because people were reading more has been borne out in part …
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Disney mandates vaccinations for all salaried and non-union hourly employees working at any of its US sites and is talking with unions about vaccinations
Freddie deBoer:
The original Gawker was born to mock an elite New York publishing world of money and privilege, and that world doesn't exist anymore for New Gawker to mock
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
NYT sports reporter Karen Crouse resigns after being suspended earlier this month for failing to disclose a book deal with swimmer Michael Phelps
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
NYT indefinitely postpones its return to office, planned for Sept. 7, and will require proof of vaccination from those who want to go in voluntarily
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he is pulling ads from Fox News after Fox rejected an ad for a symposium that would “prove” the 2020 election was stolen
 

 
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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