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10:25 AM ET, August 8, 2016


 Top News: 
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 …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Examining how the media is wrestling with Trump, journalistic balance, and longstanding accusations of liberal bias  —  If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies …
Matthew Sheffield / National Review:
Despite perceptions, conservative media exists in an echo chamber without reaching broader audiences  —  One of the more interesting developments since the emergence of the Web as a mass medium is the establishment of a conservative media presence.  Prior to the Internet …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
NBCU signs programming deal with Snapchat, will create original shows for the social network, drawing on talent from SNL, The Tonight Show  —  Network will debut ‘The Voice on Snapchat’ and E! News show  —  NBCUniversal is bringing some of its most recognizable brand names to Snapchat.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gawker and Hulk Hogan in preliminary settlement talks over invasion-of-privacy case  —  Talks come ahead of auction that will see Gawker founder Nick Denton lose control of the company he founded  —  Gawker Media Group is engaged in preliminary talks with the former professional wrestler known …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab: has finally replaced, a remnant of the long-dead Disney portal  —  It isn't quite our-long-national-nightmare-is- over level, but one of the significant daily reminders of the early web just disappeared.  ESPN's website, which had been hosted at since 1998, is finally now just at
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Most of raw video streams that Olympics NBC puts online make for bizarre, unsatisfying watching experiences, highlighting the value of TV programming  —  What is the 10 meter air rifle?  —  I like the Olympics.  I like watching the Olympics.  It's not just the competition.
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 …
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 …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Hong Kong's leading internet broadcaster, Digital Broadcasting Corp. to close down, lay off 115 staff by September 7  —  Digital Broadcasting Corporation, Hong Kong's leading Internet broadcaster, is to cease transmissions and return its license to the government.
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?
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