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12:50 PM ET, August 19, 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.
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  —  Here's the note from NYT's @meslackman to staff tonight on our colleagues from Afghanistan
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.
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Tencent Music's Q2 subscription revenue grew 32.8% YoY to $277M and it expects to add 4M-5M subs per quarter, despite a ban on exclusive licensing agreements  —  The company is downplaying the loss of exclusive music on its platform following a July 26 crackdown by the Chinese government.
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  —  The staff of Current Affairs announced Wednesday morning that they had been fired by their boss …
Lauren Williams / @laurenwilliams:
Capital B, a Black-focused non-profit national news organization, will open its first local newsroom in Atlanta  —  In honor of the start of #NABJ21, some Black journalism news: @ko_616 and I are excited to announce that our first local Capital B newsroom will be in Atlanta. Here's why Atlanta is a perfect city to begin our journey:
Adam Jacobson / Radio & Television Business Report:
National Association of Broadcasters Show to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, no face mask requirement; no digital log-in option will be available  —  It's official: With under two months until the start of the first NAB Show since spring 2019, and associated co-located events …
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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
An investigation attempts to find the person, perhaps a literary scout, trying to trick writers and editors into sharing unpublished book manuscripts since 2016
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
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Society of Editors withdraws its claim that UK media is not racist after months of pressure and says it will work to improve diversity in the industry
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
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast and ViacomCBS announce SkyShowtime, a subscription streaming service expected to launch in 20+ European markets in 2022