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5:45 PM ET, August 7, 2018

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Gizmodo:
Knight First Amendment Institute, Gizmodo, and others ask Facebook to amend its ToS, which prohibits the use of journalistic tools like web scrapers  —  Last year, we launched an investigation into how Facebook's People You May Know tool makes its creepily accurate recommendations.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Ipsos: 43% of Republicans say they believe Trump should have the power to shut down news outlets “engaged in bad behavior”, with 12% of Democrats agreeing  —  Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution.  But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump …
Shoshana Wodinsky / The Verge:
Following bans of Infowars' content, its mobile app has shot up iOS App Store and Google Play Store charts, going from 47th to 4th in US news category on iOS  —  ‘Infowars WILL NOT be silenced’  —  Infowars Official, the app named after Alex Jones' controversial radio talk show …
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CNET:
Infowars page removed from LinkedIn and Pinterest, but remains on Twitter, which has said it does not violate its policy, and Instagram
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Warner Music Group sells its entire stake in Spotify for $504M  —  UPDATED: In its earnings call on Tuesday morning, Warner Music Group announced that it has now sold its entire stake in Spotify, realizing $504 million.  —  CEO Steve Cooper said that the sale resulted in $126 million …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
WaPo employees: Bezos should focus on fixing the 401(k), reopen US bureaus, refocus the sports desk, bring back the ombudsman, and plan for the post-Trump era  —  A punch list for the paper's owner.  —  On August 5, 2013, Washington Post employees gathered in their auditorium …
Discussion: @abeaujon and Washington Post
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News says it is addressing producers and “talent involved” on Jesse Watters show over racist comments made about NYT writer Sarah Jeong  —  It was not a drill.  Saturday night on Jesse Watters' show was the moment Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott had instructed her top producers …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
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.
Vibhuti Sharma / Reuters:
Disney Q3: revenue of $15.23B, up 7% YoY, missing expectations of $15.34B; cable and studio revenue rise 2.5% YoY to $4.19B and 20.3% YoY to $2.88B respectively  —  (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Tuesday due to higher programming costs and another drop in subscribers at ESPN.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Video streaming startup NewTV, led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, raises $1B round with Disney, Alibaba, NBCUniversal, and others participating  —  - Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have raised $1 billion from media and technology heavyweights for a new mobile streaming venture.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery's Q2 profit drops 42% YoY due to charges associated with Scripps purchase, with net income falling to $216M  —  The acquisition of Scripps Networks has boosted revenue and operating income at Discovery Inc., the New York media company specializing in unscripted TV series.
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
It will not be long before reporters become casualties of the Trump era's rhetoric and a journalist is killed
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
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles resigns as chief content officer of Hearst Magazines
Marty Swant / Adweek:
Getty Images launches Panels, an AI tool that uses natural language processing to analyze stories and suggest photos
Discussion: Editor & Publisher
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