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7:30 PM ET, August 7, 2016

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Roger Ailes used Fox News funds to target critics like journalists with surveillance and online smear campaigns  —  As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes's ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars …
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
International Olympics Committee rules ban the posting of Olympics GIFs, Vines, and other short videos for everyone but broadcast rights holders, NBC in the US  —  If there's a viral moment at this year's games in Rio, the International Olympic Committee wants to make sure it comes only from authorized social media sources.
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
CEO Brian Roberts says Comcast and NBC will use Olympics to demo TV's future, with content on 11 channels and up to 41 live streams, easily navigable on X1  —  Five years ago, the Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts faced his first challenge as the new majority owner of NBC.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
NBCUniversal says national ad sales for Rio Olympics already reached $1.2B, 20%+ ahead of 2012 London Olympics
Matthew Sheffield / National Review:
Despite perceptions, conservative media exists in an echo chamber without reaching broader audiences  —  Sean Hannity on the set of his Fox News program (Mike Segar/Reuters)  —  Despite conservatives' perceptions, conservative media exists in a small, ineffectual bubble.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Facebook needs to be more transparent in cases like the deactivation of accounts for Korryn Gaines, killed during a police conflict  —  A number of recent events have proven that live video of breaking news can be incredibly important for understanding such situations, and in many cases …
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
Metro desk at The New York Times moving away from routine coverage of the city, will focus more on “stories with real impact that will resonate beyond the city”  —  Two toddlers were burned to death in a Bronx fire that ravaged their third-floor apartment while their mother …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
The Information's Jessica Lessin on scaling subscription-based media companies, publisher over-reliance on distribution platforms like Facebook and Google, more  —  As the media landscape continues to shift and buckle under the stress of digital disruption, the marketplace has started to look like a little like a barbell.
Harrison Jones / Guardian:
Growing barriers blocking minorities and those from poorer backgrounds from newsroom jobs threaten to make UK media irrelevant to readers  —  The barriers faced by those from poorer backgrounds or minorities are getting higher - how can newspapers expect to stay relevant?
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
US Copyright Office sides with cable companies on set-top boxes, says proposed FCC rules may encourage piracy  —  Set-top box rules could enable piracy, copyright official warns.  —  The United States Copyright Office has sided with cable companies in their fight against a Federal …
Layla K. Quran / Associated Press:
Profile of Syria Direct, a news source funded by the US State Department and a charity from US, covering the Syrian civil war remotely from Amman, Jordan  —  AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — From a small office in Jordan's capital, two dozen Syrians and Americans talk daily by Skype with activists …
 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton takes questions at NABJ/NAHJ conference, but reporters push back on the idea it's an accessible “press conference”
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News' early investment in digital marketing is paying off, covering print losses in Q2 and keeping revenues level YoY
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
In bid to personalize coverage, NYT launches two-way text-messaging service from the Rio Olympics to give subscribers a behind-the-scenes look at the games
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Gawker Media nears settlement with Mail Online in defamation suit over an article accusing the British tabloid of plagiarism and publishing false information
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
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New York Times:
Facebook changes News Feed to automatically detect “clickbait” headlines, rank stories lower if they “withhold or distort information”