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8:20 AM ET, August 26, 2018

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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Reddit mods have notified Reddit employees since July 2017 of an Iranian disinformation operation on the site to no response; Reddit now says it's investigating  —  More than a year before the announcement from Facebook and Twitter, a group of moderators on Reddit noticed a peculiar pattern of submissions.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Chartbeat study: only a third of 159 publishers that adopted Google's AMP in 2017 saw clear statistical evidence of a traffic increase  —  Google unveiled its open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages format in 2016 to improve the mobile web by making pages load faster (and match Facebook's own fast Instant Articles format).
Discussion: Chartbeat Blog
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: AMI's David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard were granted immunity so they would describe Trump's role in payments to Daniels and McDougal  —  David Pecker and Dylan Howard corroborated Michael Cohen's account implicating the president in a federal crime.
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Jeff Horwitz / Associated Press:
Sources: Enquirer used a safe for documents about payments and stories it killed as part of ties with Trump; Enquirer first promoted Trump for president in 2010
Felix Salmon / Slate:
A New York Times article on a preliminary study of Facebook use and hate crimes in Germany overstated the complicated study's conclusions  —  In December 2017, a pair of Warwick University post-docs, Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz, published an intriguing and clever attempt …
Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
Study: IRA-backed trolls flooded social media to amplify online debates about vaccines, often linking messages around vaccines to racial or class disparities  —  - Russian trolls and Twitter bots amplified online vaccine debates between 2014 and 2017, a new study suggests
Tanya Dua / INSIDER:
Sources: LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong is in talks to join the Donerail Group which is in talks to acquire Tronc  —  - The biotech billionaire and Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong is in talks to join an investor group bidding for the newspaper publisher Tronc.
Discussion: Business Insider
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
How ordinary teens are making money posting sponsored content on Instagram for as little as $10, but lack of regulation or parental oversight raises concerns  —  As long as you're a teen with a following.  —  While some teens spent the summer of 2018 babysitting, bagging groceries …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A small team from New York University is working on ways to archive news apps and make them accessible via browsers  —  What if all the interactives a news organization ever made could be stored somewhere, accessible in the same form forever, even as the technologies people might use to access them change?
Matt Binder / Mashable:
YouTube will roll out the ability to enable non-skippable ads, up to a maximum length of 20 seconds, to all creators in its Partner Program starting next week  —  You might soon be seeing less of that “skip ad” button over on YouTube.  —  In a video titled Want to earn more money from ad revenue? …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at the harm from a spike in newsprint costs driven by Trump tariffs; the US International Trade Commission will consider the tariffs on Tuesday  —  Print isn't dead.  But the soaring cost of newsprint is contributing to the slow death of America's newspapers.
Discussion: @mollyjongfast
 
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New York Times:
BuzzFeed China bureau chief Megha Rajagopalan, who has been in the country since 2012, says China's Foreign Ministry declined to issue her a new journalist visa
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Hearst has ended its Snapchat daily digital magazine, Sweet, but will repurpose the brand with a new show; some staff members have been cut
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reveal has launched Reveal Local Labs, a two-year effort funded by the Knight Foundation to aid collaboration in investigative reporting among local newsrooms
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Sources: LA-based Fox News journalist Adam Housley has resigned from the network over its increased focus on Trump and diminished opportunities for reporters
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USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
BuzzFeed Investigations Editor Mark Schoofs is leaving the site to join USC Annenberg's journalism school to teach investigative reporting
Motherboard:
Leaked docs and sources describe Facebook's content moderation apparatus and the logistics of trying to moderate billions of posts a week in 100+ languages