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2:45 AM ET, August 15, 2018

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Axios hires Felix Salmon and CNBC's Courtenay Brown and plans to expand coverage of markets and finance, adding a newsletter, Axios Edge  —  Axios is hiring Felix Salmon and Courtenay Brown to spearhead its foray into coverage of the public markets.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Twitter puts account of Alex Jones in read-only mode for seven days after a tweet violated policy; he can browse but can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts  —  Twitter has cut off Alex Jones from key functions of his account after the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars violated another Twitter policy.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: New York Media, parent company of New York Magazine and several sites, is exploring strategic options including a possible sale  —  The publisher of New York magazine, Vulture and The Cut is reviewing strategic options including a possible sale, the latest media outlet to consider consolidation in a tough marketplace.
Cory Bergman / Factal Blog:
Team behind the Breaking News site and app launch a new startup, Factal, an enterprise service providing critical info during crises like natural disasters  —  When BreakingNews.com and the Breaking News app were shut down at the end of 2016, we were inundated with email urging us to bring it back as a new company.
Karolle Rabarison / Online News Association:
2018 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced, and James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting goes to photojournalist Nicole Tung  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Finalists for the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of local and international media, nonprofit, public …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories are as good, if not better, than Snapchat's, but that may present a short-term problem for Facebook as users spend less time on News Feeds  —  This is hardly the first Stratechery article about Facebook to start with Snapchat.  The “camera company” née social network …
Jake Shapiro / RadioPublic:
Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, invests in podcast company RadioPublic, joining earlier investors including the NYT, Bose, McClatchy, and PRX  —  We are thrilled to announce that Automattic—parent company of WordPress.com—is making an investment to deepen its partnership with RadioPublic …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign files for arbitration against Omarosa Manigault-Newman, claims she broke 2016 NDA by disparaging Trump in book and sharing recorded private talks  —  President Trump's campaign organization Tuesday filed charges against friend-turned-enemy Omarosa Manigault Newman …
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Zeynep Tufekci / MIT Technology Review:
How digital technologies and social media went from being hailed as tools of freedom during the Arab Spring to being blamed for upheavals in Western democracies  —  To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
Shawna Chen / Reporters Committee for Freedom …:
RCFP and 30 media organizations urge court to dismiss contempt petition by school board against Sun-Sentinel and two reporters for stories on FL school shooting  —  On Tuesday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 30 media organizations urged a circuit court in Florida …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
US State Department says it believes missing journalist Austin Tice is still alive; Tice's mother Debra says they have spoken directly with Trump about the case  —  WASHINGTON  —  Six years after journalist Austin Tice disappeared in war-torn Syria, the State Department says it believes …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed Senior VP of agency strategy Matt Trotta is leaving to join interactive-content startup Playbuzz as GM of North America
Robyn Urback / CBC News:
Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal was assaulted by an anti-fascist protestor at a rally in Toronto on Saturday but there has been little publicity about it
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
White House counsel Don McGahn granted new communications chief Bill Shine an ethics waiver to meet with former colleagues at Fox News
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Despite complaints from a Sandy Hook parent, Automattic has not taken down content from conspiracy theorists, citing Wordpress.com's content policy
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