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10:10 AM ET, August 13, 2019

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Axios:
WordPress.com owner Automattic says it will buy Tumblr from Verizon, take on ~200 staffers, and keep the porn ban; source says Automattic paid less than $10M  —  Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of online publishing tool Wordpress.
New York Times:
How YouTube radicalized Brazil, diverting users to conspiracy and far-right channels, elevating Bolsonaro's party, and possibly creating a public health crisis  —  NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life.
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Tom Ley / Deadspin:
The editorial staff of The Ringer announces it has formed a union with WGA East and seeks voluntary recognition from management  —  Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIF  —  The editorial staff of The Ringer announced this morning that they have formed a union with the WGA East.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
A combined CBS and Viacom will still not be big enough to compete with Netflix, Apple, and Disney, and will have to become a buyer of smaller companies  —  CBS and Viacom are merging.  Then they'll have to merge with something else.  —  Sometime very soon (Maybe Monday night!  Maybe in the morning!
Sean Craig / CANADALAND:
Sources: Postmedia, Canada's largest newspaper company, has directed all of its papers, to shift to the political right and become more reliably conservative  —  It was not out of the ordinary at Postmedia, Canada's largest newspaper chain, for editors to have their knuckles rapped for failing …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
FT says 27 polls it ran since March to increase retention in FirstFT, its newsletter with 100K+ subs, drove the highest click-through rates of all other links  —  The Financial Times has started incorporating polls into its email newsletters in an effort to encourage readers to interact …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Dueling hashtags on Twitter, blaming Clintons and Trump for Epstein's death, predictably amplified by the media, show how poisoned our information ecosystem is  —  With each news cycle, the system grows more efficient.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Report: UK to give Ofcom new legal powers to penalize video-sharing platforms that fail to establish robust age verification checks and parental controls  —  European politicians have been tightening the screws on U.S. tech platforms on multiple fronts.  Now, a European-wide directive …
Discussion: BBC, Telegraph, The Independent and CNET
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau:
[Thread] A bleak prognosis for the future of journalism education in the US amid demographic changes, declines in student enrollment and newspaper readership  —  1/ So this is the last day of #AEJMC19. For my non-academic followers, it's the major annual gathering of journalism/mass comm educators. Mostly U.S. but increasingly international. Before I leave, I want to hammer out a takeaway of interest to academic and non-academic friends.
New York Times:
How some of Kashmir's journalists keep publishing despite India's lockdown of online communications and imposition of travel restrictions  —  SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Ever since Kashmir's autonomy was suddenly revoked last week, Raja Mohi-ud-din, an editor at one of the few Kashmiri newspapers still operating …
Discussion: @mayalau
 
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Maryam Saleh / The Intercept:
Arab “sahafiyat”, women reporters in the Middle East and North Africa, reflect on producing journalism in and for their home countries and for Western audiences
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
The work of J.D. Salinger, including “The Catcher in the Rye”, finally launches digitally after his son relents, filling a major e-book gap
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
French regulators approve a plan by the country's heavyweight broadcasters to launch Salto, a joint streaming service expected in Q1 2020, to battle Netflix
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Brazilian TV network Globo builds $50M studio to produce content for its own platforms and to sell internationally, vows to never sell to Netflix or Amazon
Discussion: @basche42
Max Willens / Digiday:
Amazon's Onsite Associates program, which puts product guides in search results and gives pubs a commission, could backfire if users start going to Amazon first
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New York Times:
A review of popular conservative media platforms shows how the language used by the El Paso killer echoes the incendiary words of right-wing media stars
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Netflix's government lobbying efforts, which have shifted in recent months to align more with Hollywood studios and less with Silicon Valley
Ana Marie Cox / Columbia Journalism Review:
WaPo's Fact Checker and its arbitrary Pinocchios dangerously minimizes Trump's policy misrepresentations without giving readers context behind Trump's lies
Tommy Craggs / Mother Jones:
Four writers who are constantly online talk about reclaiming and retraining their attention span in an economy built on capturing and manipulating it
Jo Becker / New York Times:
Investigation: US and Russian domains that traffic in disinformation are linking to Swedish far-right sites, helping drive their rapid growth in the country