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10:55 PM ET, August 18, 2021


 Top News: 
Ethan Zuckerman:
Facebook's new report reinforces its narrative that most content on the News Feed is not news, but doesn't provide enough data to make meaningful conclusions  —  What content is popular on Facebook?  —  This is a surprisingly difficult - and very important - question to answer.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Facebook, for the first time, shares a report on the most widely viewed domains, links, posts, and Pages on Facebook in the US during Q2  —  A video of two cats walking, tails intertwined, looking like the best of friends.  A resource site for Green Bay Packers alumni.
Current Affairs editor says EIC Nathan Robinson fired most of the staff because they were trying to organize into a worker's co-op  —  I am grieved to tell you that @nathanjrobinson has effectively fired me & most of the @curaffairs staff because we were trying to organize into a worker's co-op. This isn't a bit. I wish it was.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
An Apple leaker says 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo paid him around $500 in bitcoin for leaked data from a stolen iPhone XR prototype in 2018  —  A reporter for 9to5Mac paid a source in exchange for data extracted from a stolen iPhone prototype.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NBCUniversal was unhappy that BuzzFeed's SPAC deal valued it at just $1.5B, below its 2016 valuation, but approved the deal after Peretti's concessions  —  Chief Executive Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed signed off on terms that could put more pressure on the company if its shares don't rise.
An investigation attempts to find the person, perhaps a literary scout, trying to trick writers and editors into sharing unpublished book manuscripts since 2016  —  On the morning of March 1, 2017, Catherine Mörk and Linda Altrov Berg were in the offices of Norstedts, a book publisher in Sweden …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcasters say Apple Podcasts Connect, a requirement for using its new subscriptions product, is buggy and has a confusing UI  —  In April, Apple Podcasts was poised to revolutionize the industry.  It announced in-app subscriptions, as well as an entirely new backend, representing …
Jacob Silverman / New Republic:
Profile of DDoSecrets, a transparency collective that stands apart from WikiLeaks and others through its commitment to provide information useful to journalists  —  As Freddy Martinez tracked the latest impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump on Twitter, he saw a screencap of a CNN broadcast that struck him as odd.
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast and ViacomCBS announce SkyShowtime, a subscription streaming service expected to launch in 20+ European markets in 2022  —  The partnership will be structured as a joint venture, with equal investment and joint control.
Ross Barkan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Most early pandemic media coverage of Andrew Cuomo inflated his reputation by focusing on style, not substance, raising questions about media values  —  The reckoning for Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived last week.  Beset by sexual harassment and assault allegations exhaustively detailed …
Amelia Tait / VICE:
A look at the genre of articles in UK media about millennials who bought houses, usually with family help, and how the writers aren't just seeking hate clicks  —  We spoke to the writers of these kind of articles, and asked the young homeowners who agree to take part to ask them, “Why?”  —  Amelia Tait
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
DNEG, one of Hollywood's leading visual effects houses, raises $250M to take advantage of the streaming boom
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Daily Beast names Tracy Connor as its editor-in-chief, after she has been acting in the role following Noah Shachtman's departure
David Rohde / New Yorker:
A New Yorker executive editor recounts trying and failing to get Tahir Luddi, an Afghan journalist who helped him escape the Taliban 12 years ago, out of Kabul
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Kate Lindsay / Study Hall:
As media coverage of influencers increases, journalists face harassment and sharp scrutiny from fandoms who see the world in black and white
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
OANN loses an appeal of a ruling that dismissed its defamation suit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow and will be liable for about $250,000 in Maddow's legal fees
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A group of 13 people made up of WaPo staff and families, including Afghan journalists, has left Kabul; the status of others who work for NYT and WSJ is unclear