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3:15 AM ET, August 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14, Apple News+ publishers' web links are opened in the Apple News app by default for Apple News+ subscribers, though this feature can be turned off  —  Apple News in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur has a toggle that's designed to open web links from ‌Apple News‌+ publishers directly …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Advertising seems to be on by default in iOS 14, while other advertisers and ad networks will have to ask for permission to track users
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
TikTok announces first round of recipients of its $200M US creator fund, composed of 19 creators, 6 in LA; source: at least one will receive six figures  —  TikTok on Monday pushed back against rivals eager to poach its U.S. video creators (and to lure their audiences) …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney changes name of 20th Century Fox Television to 20th Television and Fox 21 TV Studios to Touchstone Television  —  No leadership changes or layoffs are expected to come with the moves.  —  To no surprise, Disney is rebranding its TV studios to remove the Fox name from two of them.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sports Illustrated staff describe mismanagement issues under Maven like the CEO hiring his relatives; Meredith has limited Maven's access to SI's photo archive  —  CUSTODY BATTLE  —  Staffers at the iconic sports mag feel caught in the middle of a war between the brand's owner and its publisher …
Kevin Tran / Variety:
Data from 7Park: “Hamilton” on Disney+ reached 37% of US households in July, the largest streaming audience of 2020, ~3X that of Netflix's widest-reaching title  —  How big was “Hamilton” for Disney+?  Far bigger than anything on Netflix in July, according to 7Park Data stats provided exclusively …
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Hong Kong police have arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai as well as his sons and Next Digital execs under its new national security law  —  - Lai's media group had backed pro-democracy demonstrations  — His two sons, media executives also arrested: report
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Sheila Dang / Reuters:
In a memo to advertisers, TikTok says it will refund ad campaigns it can't fulfill due to a US ban and will work with influencers to migrate to other platforms
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chatham names former Tribune Publishing CEO Tony Hunter as CEO of McClatchy when the newspaper chain emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy next month
Noam Cohen / Wired:
A look at Wikipedia's growing skepticism towards Fox News, designated as a generally unreliable source on politics and science in July
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic:
Trump, who has dominated US media coverage since 2016, and the pandemic, which has dominated coverage in 2020, are crowding out almost all other topics
 Earlier Picks: 
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Some publishers worry about the end of the “Trump Bump” in traffic, ratings, and subscriptions if he loses to Biden, as the pandemic decimates the ad market
The Guardian:
BBC's Tony Hall apologizes after the N-word was used during a TV news broadcast, following mass complaints; BBC had initially refused to apologize last month
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
The Trade Desk and Roku, the two largest independent ad tech companies, now have a combined market cap of $42.8B, vs. $35.1B for Omnicom, WPP, IPG, and Publicis
Discussion: Business Insider
Megan K. Stack / New York Times:
Profile of journalist Behrouz Boochani, who as a detainee exposed human rights abuses in Australia-run offshore detention center for refugees after fleeing Iran