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8:15 AM ET, August 22, 2019

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Ethan Zuckerman / My heart's in Accra:
Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, says he plans to leave the MIT Media Lab in May 2020 due to the lab's ties to Jeffrey Epstein  —  A week ago last Friday, I spoke to Joi Ito about the release of documents that implicate Media Lab co-founder Marvin Minsky in Jeffrey Epstein's horrific crimes.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed introduces MoodFeed, a new way for readers to find content depending on their mood across six options  —  BuzzFeed is offering readers a new approach to finding content that fits the way they're feeling right now.  —  It's not the boring old approach of following a link on social media or search …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style sues Spotify claiming copyright infringement, challenges the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018  —  Eight Mile Style alleges “Lose Yourself” and many of the rapper's hits aren't licensed by the streamer.  Now comes a suit eyeing Spotify's billions.
Tyler Falk / Current:
Alaska's governor signs bill cutting $2.7M from public broadcaster funding; head of Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc. says some stations may not survive long term  —  With a line-item veto to an appropriations bill Monday, Alaska's governor eliminated the state's funding for public broadcasters.
Discussion: @timjeby
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google says it will join IAB Europe's framework for GDPR when the Transparency and Consent Framework 2.0 goes live, which is expected by end of Q1 2020  —  The industry's attempt to create a standardized framework for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation has been overhauled …
Discussion: Multichannel News and AdExchanger
Jeremy Gordon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Music journalism is becoming more repetitive and less revelatory, as outlets run profiles from the same pool of artists with a diminishing amount of access  —  A music writer's job is easily romanticized: Imagine getting paid to listen to music, that most universal, immediately resonant, and cool-conferring of art forms.
Han Zhang / New Yorker:
A look at College Daily, a nationalistic Chinese news site producing viral content for Chinese students living overseas, with 1M+ readers a day mostly on WeChat  —  On a Monday morning in February, members of the staff of College Daily, an online Chinese-language publication for Chinese students living …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
AT&T's Xandr, which now owns ad exchange AppNexus, confirms it restored service to Breitbart, nearly three years after it was banned for hate speech violations  —  'Breitbart inquired how it could return to our platform, satisfied our requirements, and is reinstated,' a representative said
Discussion: Ad Age and @media_evan
 
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Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
UK's The Daily Telegraph says those who sign up for its WhatsApp audio briefings are 12x more likely to become paid subscribers than homepage readers
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers are anticipating a revenue decline as Apple tightens its anti-tracking policies to prevent covert techniques like link decoration and fingerprinting
Nikhil Subramaniam / Inc42 Media:
Interview with former NDTV Group CEO, Vikram Chandra, on his new venture Editorji, a platform that creates personalized playlists of news video from 15 partners
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Brian Karem, Playboy's White House correspondent and a CNN contributor, files a lawsuit against the White House, seeking restoration of his press pass
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Chris Duncan, managing director of The Times, on how the paper patiently grows digital subscriber numbers using free trials, samples, and key usage data
Discussion: Adweek
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Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
Four months after announcing a lawsuit, Rep. Devin Nunes serves McClatchy with paperwork, suing in Virginia; McClatchy does not publish a paper in Virginia
Discussion: @marekthebee
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: to satisfy regulators, YouTube officials are finalizing plans to end targeted advertisements on videos kids are likely to watch
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook releases first findings from a conservative bias audit, says initial findings influenced policy changes like creation of a content oversight board
Max Willens / Digiday:
Facebook to hire a small team of journalists to curate a Top News section in its upcoming news tab, which it will begin testing in the US by the end of October