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8:55 AM ET, August 31, 2016


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Robert Capps / Wired:
President Obama to become first commander-in-chief to edit a magazine when he guest-edits Wired's November issue  —  WIRED has had some amazing guest editors over the years.  J.J. Abrams on magic, mysteries, and puzzles; Bill Gates on solving the world's biggest problems; Christopher Nolan on space …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Three Facebook Trending curators say system that fed them stories failed to improve, user testing feedback of bare-bones new version was overwhelmingly negative  —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Former Facebook Trending curator: business side tried to influence editorial, and a push toward quotas stifled newsroom discussion  —  Barely two days after changes to its Trending Topics section, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly began trending on Facebook — before entirely disappearing on Monday morning.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Two lawyers for Ailes badmouth journalist Gabriel Sherman ahead of an expected New York Magazine piece, calling his reporting a vendetta  —  Facing multiple allegations of sexually harassing female employees along with lawsuits from two of his accusers, to say nothing of advising Donald Trump …
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Source: Twitter expands Amplify Publisher program to individual video creators, giving them 70% of ad revenue, better than YouTube and Facebook's terms  —  Twitter is trying something new to boost its stagnating user base: Luring content creators to post on Twitter by giving them an easy way to earn money from their videos.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Media agrees to sell Chicago's Tribune Tower to LA-based developer CIM Group for up to $240M  —  The Tribune Tower as seen from Pioneer Court on July 31, 2014.  —  Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Anthony Weiner loses his Daily News column, put on indefinite leave from NY1, in wake of new sexting scandal  —  Multiple news organizations have moved to sever or suspend their ties with Anthony Weiner on Monday after new reports that the former congressman was involved in another sexting scandal.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Washington Post publishes raw materials of its reporting for Trump biography, including transcripts of 20 hours of interviews  —  The Washington Post recently published a new biography of Donald Trump, for which the Republican nominee sat for more than 20 hours of interviews.  (Still, Trump didn't care for it much.)
Niki Kitsantonis / New York Times:
Greece to limit nationwide TV licenses to four with auction, forcing half of Greece's stations to close, plans to set up state ad agency, taking 30% cut  —  ATHENS — Since Greece opened its media to private broadcasting in the 1980s, the market has been an almost unregulated scrum.
South China Morning Post:
China bans entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles, rules reports must comply with Communist party ideologies  —  Beijing has forbidden reports of entertainment news that promote “Western lifestyles”, poke fun at traditional Chinese values and cultural classics, such as mythical heroes …
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Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
Kim Dotcom wins right to livestream his court appeal of extradition to US on YouTube, a first for New Zealand  —  A New Zealand judge gave permission on Tuesday for the hearing of German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's appeal against his extradition to be streamed on YouTube …
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