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12:50 PM ET, August 19, 2019

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The Daily Beast:
Mark Halperin, who faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment in 2017, signs a book deal with publisher Regan Arts  —  News of the “Game Change” author's deal with Regan Arts came as a shock to his accusers, and prominent Democrats interviewed in the book have been scrambling to explain themselves.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin doesn't deserve a comeback book because he hasn't made amends, and Democratic strategists hurt the #MeToo movement by talking to him for the book  —  Want to make a comeback?  —  First make amends.  —  Mark Halperin, the author and media commentator who stepped …
Discussion: Politico, @mlcalderone and Mediaite
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources say WarnerMedia execs were blindsided by new HBO streaming plans, describe how WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey's harsh management style is alienating staff  —  Plans by HBO's new parent company to launch a Netflix rival is coming under fire from insiders — many of whom are pointing the finger at their new boss, John Stankey.
Discussion: MediaPost
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku Channel adds an ad-supported kids section with 7K free TV episodes and movies from 20 partners  —  Roku's home entertainment hub, The Roku Channel, is expanding into kids' programming.  The company this morning announced plans to aggregate kids and family movies and TV alongside …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify's Premium Family Plan is getting parental controls with an explicit content filter and a Family Mix personalized playlist for the whole family  —  Spotify is rolling out a new Premium Family Plan with a much-awaited setting.  Parents will now have the ability to filter out songs with swearing …
Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Polish journalism org The Outriders starts Media Garage, a program to help four media organizations in Ukraine and Moldova with editorial, revenue strategies  —  Round one of Media Garage aims to turn around four struggling Central and Eastern European newsrooms to help strengthen democracy in the region
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
While not a substitute for formal news conferences or press briefings, Trump has held more short Q&A sessions than any of his predecessors  —  President Trump on Tuesday stopped to chat with reporters at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey.  He made news.
Discussion: @dangillmor
Victoria Kwan / First Draft:
How journalists can avoid amplifying misinformation, given their reporting can improve search engine rankings and increase the visibility for bad info  —  When it comes to websites with masked motives, can coverage do more harm than good?  Recent discussions at First Draft tried to address this inherent problem.
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
HuffPost UK EIC Jimmy Leach on his former role as a UK Foreign Office diplomat, the Verizon Media ecosystem, HuffPost's female-focused newsroom, and more  —  Having been a Foreign Office diplomat and a senior official at Downing Street, Jimmy Leach, the new editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK …
Jeff Blumenthal / Philadelphia Business Journal:
American City Business Journals acquires BizEquity, a SaaS company offering business valuation tools and more to financial institutions and wealth managers  —  As part of the deal, the parent company of the Philadelphia Business Journal will make a “significant” capital investment in BizEquity to accelerate its growth.
Discussion: @rafat
@pinboard:
[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong-Kong  —  Every day I go out and see stuff with my own eyes, and then I go to report it on Twitter and see promoted tweets saying the opposite of what I saw. Twitter is taking money from Chinese propaganda outfits and running these promoted tweets against the top Hong Kong protest hashtags pic.twitter.com/6Wb0Km6GOb
 
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