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6:00 PM ET, August 23, 2019

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Megan Greenwell / Deadspin:
On her last day, Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell describes the tragedy of digital media, where execs know less about making money than do ignored employees  —  There is a version of the story of this company in which idealistic journalists, unconcerned with profit, are posed against ruthless business-doers …
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Sites like Newsbuzzr leech media outlet content for ad revenue by copying and reposting articles after running them through an automated synonym generator  —  Scammers have cooked up a truly strange scheme to leech traffic from journalists.  —  Something odd caught my eye on Twitter the other day.
Matthew Ball / New York Times:
The goal of most streaming services is to lock audiences into their ecosystem and sell their more profitable products: shoes, cruises, wireless subscribers  —  As media monoliths bundle their offerings, consumers will once again have to pay for a bunch of shows they don't want.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
How Vanity Fair, ABC News, and NYT fell short in Epstein coverage; sources: ex-NYT financial reporter Landon Thomas solicited $30K from Epstein for a charity  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 1  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 2  —  Toggle more options  —  A coterie of intimidating lawyers.
Ayanti Bera / Reuters:
Seven top US publishers sue Audible, aiming to block the planned rollout of Captions, the new feature that shows text on screen as a book is narrated  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) Audible was sued by some of the top U.S. publishers for copyright infringement on Friday …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV adds two more add-on channels for subscribers under an expanded pact with AMC Networks: British TV service Acorn TV for $6/month and UMC for $5/month  —  Google's YouTube TV now offers two more add-on channels to subscribers, under an expanded pact with AMC Networks …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A former student at Georgetown Prep, Brett Kavanaugh's alma mater, is suing Ashley Feinberg and HuffPost over a story and corrections about the school's culture  —  Ashley Feinberg has gained journo-fame with astounding digital skills and reverence for very little.
Angela Chen / MIT Technology Review:
Twitter's recent ban on ads from state-controlled news orgs should logically extend to Voice of America and Radio Free Europe as they're government funded  —  Twitter and Facebook have hosted ads from US-backed outlets, sometimes even illegally.  —  Twitter is no longer accepting advertising …
Discussion: @jgriffiths
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.
CNN:
Nine ABC News workers react to Sean Spicer's casting on Dancing with the Stars: “It's a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney”  —  New York (CNN Business)Tom Bergeron isn't the only person who's unhappy about the casting of Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6
 
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Andrew Carter / Raleigh News & Observer:
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google research indicates blocking cookies causes news sites to lose an average of 62% of ad revenue, proposes new controls to make it harder to track users