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6:40 PM ET, August 18, 2021


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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.
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 …
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.
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  —  The Daily Beast digital news site on Wednesday named Tracy Connor as its next top editor.  —  Ms. Connor, 54, will take over as editor in chief immediately, the company said in a statement.
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investigation attempts to find the person, perhaps a literary scout, trying to trick writers and editors into sharing unpublished book manuscripts since 2016  —  On the morning of March 1, 2017, Catherine Mörk and Linda Altrov Berg were in the offices of Norstedts, a book publisher in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 …
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.
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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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
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
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The NewsGuild of New York:
Members of The NewsGuild of New York voted 1,246-559 for a temporary dues increase for three years, the first dues increase in the guild's 88-year history
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