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11:30 AM ET, September 6, 2018


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New York Times:
NYT takes the rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump administration official that says top officials are working to thwart Trump  —  I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The official behind the anonymous NYT op-ed on Trump contacted an editor via an intermediary, then NYT spoke with author; a “very small number” know identity  —  Senior administration official hits Trump in op-ed  —  Several days ago a senior official in the Trump administration used …
Sources: CBS and National Amusements are in early talks to settle disputes over corporate control and merger; CBS board members met over Labor Day weekend  —  EXCLUSIVE: Just weeks before the fall TV season starts, the bitter legal battle between CBS and National Amusements over corporate control …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A recap of Facebook and Twitter hearings: Republican claims of bias, Democratic claims of political manipulation, and appearances by Alex Jones and Laura Loomer  —  A capsule review of tech's visit to Washington: The Senate seemed serious, the House did not, and Republicans aren't done complaining about bias.
Washington Post:
Overview of the Senate hearing on foreign influence in social media, which heard testimony from Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey  —  Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey told lawmakers on Wednesday that they are better prepared to combat foreign interference on their platforms …
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 42% took a break from Facebook for several weeks or more, 26% deleted app from their phone, 54% adjusted privacy settings in past 12 months  —  Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
DoJ to announce hacking charges against a North Korean government spy, linked to the Lazarus Group, in connection with the 2014 Sony hack  —  The Justice Department will announce computer hacking charges Thursday against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2014 attack …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The Wrap adds a subscription business as it buys VideoInk, an outlet covering digital media with a $30/month subscription, which will eventually become Wrap Pro  —  Sharon Waxman's free site has bought Jocelyn Johnson's VideoInk.  —  Add another name to the paywall list: The Wrap …
Discussion: The Wrap
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU regulators greenlight Apple's December 2017 acquisition of Shazam  —  European regulators have given the green light to Apple's December 2017 acquisition of music and image recognition discovery firm Shazam.  —  Apple Music is the second largest music streaming service in Europe, after Spotify .
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi makes the cover of a national magazine, Time, for the first time, while John Boehner was on Time and Newsweek covers when he became House speaker  —  It's about Time, and it's about time.  —  For all the barriers she has broken, for all the passion she incites on both sides …
Discussion: @jakesherman
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Digital Trends, which was pursued by Condé Nast two years ago for a reported $120M, hires former Facebook executive Bob Gruters as chief revenue officer  —  Digital Trends, a 12-year-old tech news and reviews site, is independent and profitable, but it isn't immune from business pressures to diversify.
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The Guardian:
Donald Trump says Bob Woodward's new book on his Presidency is a “con of the public”, claims the journalist fabricated quotes from Mattis and Kelly