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Politico Joe Pompeo

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CNN Money Brian Stelter

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The Wall Street Journal Mike Shields

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Current Tyler Falk

Podcast audiences are getting more ethnically diverse

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New York Post Keith Kelly

Sources: SpinMedia on the block due to big losses

"The company, which snapped up both Vibe and Spin and promptly converted the music magazines to all-digital sites, has retained the investment bank Petsky Prunier to shop for a buyer."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

Tantaros lawyer: Sexual harassment suit was "only the beginning"

"In the next few weeks, I expect to complete my investigation and sue Fox and some of its executives on behalf of Ms. Tantaros based upon her right to seek damages as the victim of violations of certain federal criminal laws having nothing to do with sexual harassment, etc."

LawNews David Bixenspan

Broke former Gawker editor offers Hulk Hogan his rice cooker in letter

"Would you like him to ship the other personal items he has in Florida – such as his rice cooker, dishes, books, and remaining clothing – to you? Or, would it be easier to ship those items directly to Mr. Bollea or Mr. Thiel?"

The Media Briefing FELIM MCGRATH

Why it's important for news organizations to be on messaging apps

"Having a strong presence on the world’s largest social network and across a range of networks is certainly essential for publishers wishing to optimize their reach and impact."

Digiday Sahil Patel

With Rio coverage, NBC and BuzzFeed got 35 million views in two weeks on Snapchat

"Headquartered with NBCU in the International Broadcast Center and traveling all around Rio, the BuzzFeed team produced up to 20 pieces of content for each daily edition. The content had very little to do with the actual competitions but instead focused on the athletes and atmosphere in Rio."

The Huffington Post Michael Calderone

AP’s Clinton Foundation report comes under scrutiny

"Vox’s Matthew Yglesias challenged the broader thrust of the AP’s story even further, arguing that the AP framed its findings as more scandalous than they warranted."

Wall Street Journal Steven Perlberg

Sports Illustrated teams up with Fox Sports for ad deal

"Sites will share editorial content and sell advertising across both entities to better compete with ESPN."

The Associated PRess Paul Colford

AP issues statement saying it's been transparent on Hillary Clinton reporting

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Law360 goes union

"The unofficial vote count is 109 in favor of joining the union and nine against."

In case you missed it

Amazon David Isbitski

You can now build audio apps on Alexa

Will a tide of newsbots follow?

The New York Times Liz Spayd

The New York Times is getting more specific with push alerts

"Historically, The New York Times was this thing we printed and sent out to everybody and was largely a one-way interaction. Now, I think both the great opportunity and the difficulty of messaging is that it gives us a chance to take this one-directional way of interacting and put it in the realm of person-to-person relationships."

Politico Joe Pompeo

Fate of New York Times/CBS poll uncertain

"CBS has indicated privately, according to a source familiar with the matter, that it is only interested in working with experienced, traditional pollsters at the Times."

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