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1:15 AM ET, August 7, 2018


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook has banned four pages run by Alex Jones for “repeated violations of Community Standards”; Spotify removes all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast  —  Crackdown on US conspiracy theorist for promoting violence and hate speech  —  All but one of the major content platforms …
Twitter says accounts for Alex Jones and Infowars do not violate its policy and it will leave them live for now  —  - Apple, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube removed videos, pages and podcasts posted by the controversial radio host.  — Jones took to Twitter and its wholly owned streaming …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
YouTube removes the Alex Jones Channel for violating community guidelines, after he circumvented a suspension by live streaming on other channels
BuzzFeed News:
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five of InfoWars' six podcasts from iTunes, saying they violated its hate speech guidelines
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Jared Kushner ordered a software developer at the New York Observer to remove stories about friends and connections without editors' knowledge  —  Jared Kushner personally ordered a software developer at his newspaper to remove stories critical of his friends and real estate peers.
Marty Swant / Adweek:
Getty Images launches Panels, an AI tool that uses natural language processing to analyze stories and suggest photos  —  The photo agency worked with 20 newsrooms and an AI firm to create Panels  —  Getty Images is embracing artificial intelligence, starting with a way to help publishers pick photos.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' “hard news” shows have a soft ban on Seb Gorka, refusing to invite him on as a pundit, unlike the network's opinion talk shows  —  Fox News' “hard news” shows—which fall under the network's news division and pride themselves on being at least somewhat distinct …
Discussion: @smotus
Jon Levine / The Wrap:   Fox News reporter Conor Powell has resigned; source: he and other journalists at the network are unhappy with the direction it is headed
Max Willens / Digiday:
Insiders at Good and Upworthy describe management disputes over branded content, office culture clashes, a possible move to LA, and small budgets  —  Upworthy and Good Worldwide combined with a shared mission to promote social causes and uplifting content, but what resulted was a union rife with discord and rancor.
Leonard Maltin / Hollywood Reporter:
After Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, film historian and author Leonard Maltin recalls the studio's early days and the original mogul Darryl F. Zanuck  —  In the aftermath of its July 27 sale to Disney, film historian and author Leonard Maltin recalls Fox's wild early days …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles resigns as chief content officer of Hearst Magazines  —  On July 25, Hearst Magazines named Troy Young as its new president.  And now the magazine company behind Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar has lost its chief content officer.
The New York Times Company:
The NYT is expanding its coverage in Australia, adding veteran reporter Jamie Tarabay to Sydney bureau and others via its residency program  —  Jamie Tarabay, a veteran journalist with experience across the Middle East and Asia in a variety of mediums, will join our Sydney bureau as a correspondent …
Discussion: Crikey and Splinter
Roger Cheng / CNET:
DOJ says in its appeal of AT&T/Time Warner merger that court's ruling showed “fundamental errors of economic logic” like ignoring risk of rising consumer prices  —  The fight over AT&T and Time Warner is still very much a thing.  —  The US Department of Justice on Monday filed …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Financial Times
Rania Aniftos / Billboard:
Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, and other major labels team up to sue two Russia-based websites that allow users to rip audio from YouTube  —  Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels filed a lawsuit on Friday (Aug. 3) against two Russia-based illegal stream-ripping websites, and
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
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The Washington Post is partnering with HarperCollins imprint Custom House to release a book on Russian interference written by nat sec reporter Greg Miller