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5:25 PM ET, August 17, 2018


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Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Jaclyn Reiss / The Boston Globe:
The US Senate passes a resolution by unanimous voice vote affirming the media “is not the enemy of the people” and condemning attacks on the free press  —  The US Senate on Thursday passed a resolution by unanimous consent affirming that the media “is not the enemy of the people.”
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
How The Sun climbed above the Mail Online's digital reach, registering 29.7M UK users in June vs. Mail Online's 28.3M, despite earlier paywall missteps  —  It is exactly five years since Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper stable made its audacious - and we can now say almost calamitous - move to put The Sun behind a digital paywall.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Viacom lays off more than 30 Awesomeness employees following last month's acquisition; Awesomeness CEO Jordan Levin has left the company  —  As expected, Viacom has made a round of layoffs at Awesomeness, pink-slipping more than 30 employees of the digital-media company it acquired last month from NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
comScore: pure play streaming services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now reach 5% of US Wi-Fi households, up 58% since last year  —  The number of U.S. households watching streaming TV services - those that deliver cable TV-like programming over the internet - has grown a remarkable 58% over last year, according to new data from comScore.
Source: Amazon is working on a DVR that will record live TV, wirelessly connect to Fire TV boxes, and stream the video to smartphones  —  - Box would record live TV and stream that video to smartphones  — Device competes with offerings from TiVo, Dish's Slingbox
Rob Arcand / The Outline:
PEOPLE, a free to listeners, non-commercial audio publishing platform focused on musician collaboration and works-in-progress, to launch on August 18  —  PEOPLE, their new streaming platform that prioritizes collaboration and de-emphasizes the algorithm, launches this weekend.
Marya Hannun / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at how the Afghan mujahideen documented the Soviet-Afghanistan war after Congress provided a $500,000 grant in 1985  —  A mujahid with a videocamera.  Photo: Manzoor Shah, 1988.  Courtesy of the Afghan Media Resource Center.  —  The newsreel depicts Soviet tanks winding their way along the Kabul River.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Amazon plans an ad campaign in the US, UK, and Germany to boost its music streaming service  —  - Music has become one of the most popular requests for Alexa  —  Amazon is turning up the volume in the music business.  —  The world's largest online retailer will mount the first national TV campaign …
Discussion: VentureBeat and @lucas_shaw
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Globe & Mail to launch C$999/year subscription newsletter on cannabis, hire at least five journalists for the beat, invest in major live events to demystify it  —  When life gives you nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis, you make high-priced subscription products covering the industry.
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
DOJ opposes Facebook's efforts to dismiss fair housing groups' lawsuit claiming discriminatory ad targeting, says Communications Decency Act does not apply here
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McClatchy Studios to air three Facebook Watch shows, including a weekly documentary with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Beto O'Rourke's Senate race
John Herrman / New York Times:
Unlike smaller web forums, centrally run social media platforms like Twitter are just too big to nurture healthy online communities
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Reporters say that the Pentagon retaliates against negative coverage by excluding them from briefings; one journalist's embed with US troops was pulled
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
With 255K digital subscriptions, the Times and Sunday Times are updating their mobile apps to enable comments and tell users when journalists are online
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Relativity Media to UltraV Holdings; Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh has launched a new company, Proxima Media
Discussion: The Wrap
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
In Senate hearing, Ajit Pai says he doubted claims FCC's comment system was taken down by an attack, but says IG asked him to keep quiet until the full report