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7:45 AM ET, August 15, 2022

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Richard Howorth / New York Times:
A Mississippi indie bookseller on the proposed Penguin Random House-Simon & Schuster merger, as the industry increasingly favors best sellers over new writers  —  OXFORD, Miss. — Penguin Random House, the largest English-language trade book publisher in the world, has made an offer …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sources: Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are expected to sit for depositions as soon as this month in Dominion's suit against Fox, and there were no settlement talks  —  The suit, filed by Dominion Voting Systems, could be one of the most consequential First Amendment cases in a generation.
Stephen Proctor / Yahoo Entertainment:
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade showed on air an altered image depicting the judge who signed off on the Mar-a-Lago search grafted over an image of Jeffrey Epstein  —  On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest host Brian Kilmeade showed a clearly photoshopped image of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart …
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The Wrap:
Brian Kilmeade tries to portray Fox News airing an altered image of the Mar-a-Lago search judge as a joke, saying that “we were showing a meme in jest”
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Nexstar plans to buy a 75% stake in The CW from Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery, both of which will retain 12.5% stakes and supply scripted content  —  The CW is about to enter a new ownership era, as local TV giant Nexstar Media Group has confirmed a pending deal to acquire …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple ads team lead Todd Teresi now reports directly to Eddy Cue and wants to increase the group's ad revenues from $4B per year to double digits  —  Apple is set to expand ads to new areas of your iPhone and iPad in search of its next big revenue driver.
Malte Warner / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
A look at Europe's “New Sector” public interest news outlets that operate with a “nonprofit state of mind”; Netzwerk Recherche: 66% rely on foundation support  —  This post is an excerpt from “The New Sector,” a May 2022 report on the state of independent public interest journalism …
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Angela Fu / Poynter:
At least 20 Gannett newspapers executed layoffs on Friday, after dismal Q2 earnings; the NewsGuild has called on Gannett to cut executive pay instead of jobs  —  At least 20 papers across the country have been affected.  It is unclear how many employees were let go
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: the Daily Mail has approached Boris Johnson about writing a column for the paper after he steps down as prime minister  —  Outgoing PM expected to find new home for his old trade as journalist after Telegraph cools on his qualities  —  Three days before he became prime minister …
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Jeffrey Toobin leaves CNN after 20 years as a legal analyst and writer; CNN placed Toobin on leave in 2020 after he acknowledged exposing himself on a Zoom call  —  “We are grateful for Jeffrey's contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” a CNN spokesperson says
 
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Luiz Romero / PolitiFact:
A review of 380 fact-checks published by purported fact-checking service War on Fakes shows how the format is being used to spread pro-Russia propaganda
Washington Post:
Journalists juggle the news value of ransomware attacks with the knowledge that ransomware gangs lie and use stories to recruit and pressure victims into paying
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Editor-in-Chief Sumi Aggarwal and COO Annie Chabel are leaving the Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal, a month after 10 of 68 employees were cut
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
The Information hires Karl Wells, formerly Dow Jones' chief subscriptions officer, as its first chief commercial officer, to grow revenue
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Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: before ATT, Apple and Meta discussed revenue-sharing deals, such as Apple taking a cut of “boosted posts” via IAP and an ad-free, Facebook subscription
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The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and others juice traffic by buying ads in the mobile game Subway Surfers, which offers rewards for viewing ads or articles
Hamish McKenzie / On Substack:
Substack's Hamish McKenzie changes his title from COO to Chief Writing Officer to signal the company's respect for writers and says “I'll be writing a lot more”