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7:40 PM ET, August 9, 2018

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Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Twitter needs a code of values requiring it to make tough calls on high-profile and malevolent figures like Alex Jones  —  The platform won't ban the dangerous liar Alex Jones because he “hasn't violated our rules.”  Then what's the point of these rules?  —  This week, Alex Jones …
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Max Fisher / New York Times:
After treating Facebook-fueled violence as occurring only in developing countries, the company now finds wealthier places aren't immune from hate speech issues  —  To Americans, Facebook's Alex Jones problem might seem novel, even unprecedented.  —  When does speech become unsafe?  When can it be limited?
BuzzFeed News:
Apple says Infowars podcast violated company's hate speech guidelines but implies its app doesn't violate App Store guidelines
Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
Tribune calls off its $3.9B merger with Sinclair, sues Sinclair for breach of contract, seeking $1B in damages  —  Trump angry with FCC chair over Sinclair deal  —  The Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media is dead.  —  Tribune said in a statement Thursday that it has terminated …
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Greg Roumeliotis / Reuters:
Sources: Donerail Group, led by former Starboard Value LP executive Will Wyatt, is in advanced talks to acquire Tronc  —  (Reuters) - Donerail Group, an investment firm led by former activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP executive Will Wyatt, is in talks to acquire Tronc Inc (TRNC.O) …
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Wallace Witkowski / MarketWatch:
Tronc reports Q2 revenue of $253M, up 3.9% YoY and net loss of $15.1M  —  Tronc Inc. TRNC, +1.92% shares slipped in the extended session Thursday following a run-up fueled by reports of a possible buyout after the media company reported quarterly results.  Tronc shares slipped 0.5% after hours …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal has revamped its newsletters, whittling from 126 to about 40, trimming length, adding subscription requests, and improving interactivity  —  “The newsletter itself in your inbox is simply not enough.  What is it like to speak to the editor if you reply?
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Karin Pettersson, Schibsted's director of public policy, on her new role and the publication's relationship with Google and Facebook  —  “We can't say that Facebook is destroying democracy, but then have our newspapers collaborate with them very, very closely …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp beats estimates with revenue of $2.69B, a 29% increase YoY, reports net loss of $372M attributable to shareholders, in part due to Foxtel transaction  —  Write-off related to Australian TV deal contributes to net loss  —  The consolidation of Australian television assets helped …
 
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Lincoln Pigman / New York Times:
Authorities in Belarus detained at least 18 journalists, accusing them of illegally obtaining information from a state news agency; six have been released
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
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