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7:40 AM ET, August 20, 2021

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will prohibit users from posting any “sexually explicit conduct” starting in October, but will allow nude photos and videos  —  - Popularity of the website has exploded during the pandemic  — Many sex workers use OnlyFans to charge customers online
New York Times:
Behind the work to get journalists, relatives, and others tied to NYT, WSJ, and WaPo out of Afghanistan, with aid from diplomatic contacts, military, and Qatar  —  The evacuation of those who worked for outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post came after a global rescue effort stretching from the Pentagon to Qatar.
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DW.COM:
Taliban have killed a family member of a DW journalist they were seeking and raided the homes of three other DW journalists  —  Journalists and their families are in grave danger in Afghanistan.  The Taliban have no compunction about carrying out targeted killings as the case of a DW journalist shows.
Katie Robertson / @katie_robertson:
Memo: 65 families of NYT colleagues, with 128 people, have made it out of Afghanistan, and NYT plans to find ways to cover the country under Taliban rule
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Major outlets like WaPo have featured past architects of failed policies in Afghanistan criticizing Biden's withdrawal, leading to distorted coverage  —  After two decades of war, President Biden finally made the decision to fully withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.  It did not go as planned.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News is mandating all staff share their vaccination status even as its personalities argue that asking about vaccine status is a major intrusion of privacy  —  New York (CNN Business)The right-wing channel Fox News, whose top personalities have for months assailed the concept …
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.
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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
@revue:
Twitter starts testing a button on Revue creators' profiles that allows users to subscribe to their newsletters  —  It's here 🧡 Today, we're starting to test a feature that allows people to subscribe to your Revue newsletter directly from your Twitter profile. It's available to all Revue creators immediately. To start though, your newsletters will show only for a test group on Twitter. https://twitter.com/...
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Amazon acquires the rights to the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, marking the first time a major awards show will be live streamed exclusively  —  Amazon.com Inc. acquired the rights to the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, saying it will mark the first time a major awards show has been live streamed exclusively.
 
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Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
The Television Academy says people attending Emmys Awards shows next month must provide a recent negative COVID test in addition to proof of full vaccination
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Hollywood veterans are warning that the shifts toward streaming and fewer episodes per season are creating a lag in training for new showrunners and TV writers
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Lauren Williams / @laurenwilliams:
Capital B, a Black-focused non-profit national news organization, will open its first local newsroom in Atlanta
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A closer look at the lead up to the implosion at Current Affairs, which the EIC calls “a horrible call in judgment”, and the uncertain aftermath for the outlet