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5:20 PM ET, August 14, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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 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.
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 …
CBS News:
Recording: Trump campaign officials discussed how to “spin” Apprentice outtake tapes showing Trump using the N-word if they were released  —  President Trump says former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman lied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape.
Jake Shapiro / RadioPublic:
Automattic, parent company of, 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—is making an investment to deepen its partnership with RadioPublic …
Graeme Mcmillan / The Verge:
Comcast's Xfinity X1 partnership with Netflix and Amazon presages a future of streaming bundles, which would be similar to the cable TV subscription model  —  As Xfinity's distribution deals expand, disruptors are taking up the same models as past cable companies
Discussion: @umanoid and @thinkhero
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook acquires the seven-person team and tech from startup Vidpresso to make its video more interactive  —  Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it.  That's set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive …
AAJA Voices:
An overview of seven pay studies from unions at US media organizations: on average, men and white people make significantly more than women and people of color  —  The tumult would spread to every newspaper in the industry, but it began with whispers within the confined spaces of the women's bathrooms …
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  —  It is “in the public interest” for the White House's top communicator to be excused from federal ethics laws so he can meet with Fox News, according to President Donald Trump's top lawyer.
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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
New York Times:
Despite complaints from a Sandy Hook parent, Automattic has not taken down content from conspiracy theorists, citing's content policy
Richard Martin / Reuters:
Facebook buys exclusive rights to show major Spanish soccer league La Liga in the Indian subcontinent for the next three seasons for free
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Report: Facebook's Campbell Brown told The Australian that Zuckerberg doesn't care about publishers, Facebook not interested in discussing traffic and referrals
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix says its CFO David Wells, who led the service's international expansion to 190 countries, is leaving the company after 14 years