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1:40 PM ET, August 6, 2021


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Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
In a letter to Zuckerberg, the FTC called Facebook's initial claim it cut off NYU researchers' access to comply with an FTC privacy agreement as “inaccurate”  —  The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed as “inaccurate” Facebook's claim that it cut off a group of researchers' access …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Mozilla's analysis says Facebook's justifications for cutting off access to researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory project “simply do not hold water”
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Texas Tribune names Sewell Chan as its editor-in-chief, starting October 18; Chan currently oversees the LA Times' editorial board and opinion section  —  Mr. Chan, who became The Times's editorial page editor last year, will be the editor in chief of The Texas Tribune starting Oct. 18.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Memo from CNN's Jeff Zucker: the company has fired three employees in the last week who had been coming into the office unvaccinated  —  CNN said on Thursday that it had fired three employees who violated its coronavirus safety protocols by going to the office unvaccinated …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
At a panel, Jay Rosen and The Correspondent's Rob Wijnberg discuss lessons learned and why the startup failed, partially due to an excessive focus on marketing  —  “It's important to speak truth.  It's not that important to speak about truth as part of your brand."
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Dow Jones, the News Corp unit that is parent of WSJ, MarketWatch, and Barron's, reported $69M in profit on $449M revenue in Q4; WSJ subscriptions rose 15% YoY  —  Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's reported an 18 percent increase in revenue …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AMC Networks Q2: $68M in operating income on net revenue of $771.4M, up 19% YoY; domestic ad revenue up 13% YoY to $212M, subscription revenue up 14% YoY  —  AMC Networks joined the ranks of media companies showing that TV advertising has mounted a significant recovery from the devastation of Covid-19 a year ago.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett Q2: net income of $15M on revenue of $804M, up 5% YoY; circulation revenue fell 9.4% YoY, though it added 145K digital subscribers for a total of 1.4M  —  The nation's largest newspaper company added 145,000 digital subscribers in Q2, bringing the total systemwide number to 1.4 million.
Discussion: Business Wire and USA Today
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Gotham Awards will no longer award acting prizes by gender, replacing best actor and best actress prizes with outstanding lead performance;  —  The Gothams will replace the best actress and best actor categories with a single category for “outstanding lead performance.”  —  Should acting prizes be gender neutral?
Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
IOC says no one, including athletes, is allowed to share videos from the Olympics on social media in order to protect broadcasters' rights  —  Sharing videos from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on social media is not allowed, even for athletes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
HFPA adopts a new set of bylaws to reform the organization, including an expansion of its board of directors and of membership criteria to increase diversity  —  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has approved the new set of bylaws that had been proposed to reform the organization …
Discussion: New York Times, Newser and The Wrap
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