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"As Mr. Abumrad has become one of the most innovative radio producers of his generation, he continues to moonlight as a composer. His music will be familiar to fans of 'Radiolab.'"

Oliver Darcy CNN Money

'#WAR': Breitbart set to take on Trump White House after Bannon ouster

"Breitbart had been almost unfailingly supportive of President Trump, first during his campaign and then during his presidency. But following the White House's ouster of Steve Bannon, the former head of the right-wing website, Breitbart appears to be getting ready for a fight with the Trump team."

Nieman Lab SHAN WANG

With data from Google News, this new tool makes it easier for reporters to track hate crimes nationwide

"The searchable, visualizable database analyzes Google News stories dating back to February 2017 and detects information on events, locations, and people."

The Street Ken Doctor

This Norwegian startup looks to tap a new revenue stream for publishers

"Norwegian startup Hubii's initial coin offering on Aug. 24 intends to herald a new blockchained, coined future for making money from news content."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

New York Times editorial chief pleads ignorance in response to Sarah Palin’s lawsuit

"I did not intend to imply that it was a causal link to this crime."

Recode PETER KAFKA

Here’s why publishers won’t stop pivoting to video

"Digital publishers have always had a good argument when they wanted to chase video dollars: There will be a lot of them, if we can just get people to watch our videos and advertisers to pay for them."

The New York Times Jim Rutenberg

Where Is the line? Deadly protest forces media to decide

"As we’ve seen time and time again in recent months, it often takes an extreme moment to push the platforms to address extreme content."

Deadspin Jeff Pearlman

The fallout from sportswriting's filthiest mess-up

"Everything seemed fine — until Freeman reached the 12th paragraph."

Talking Biz News CHRIS ROUSH

Judge dismisses libel suit against Wall Street Journal

"A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit by the former head of Venezuela’s National Assembly accusing The Wall Street Journal of libeling him in an article that identified him as the target of a U.S. drug trafficking investigation."

Foreign Policy NIC DIAS

The era of Whatsapp propaganda is upon us

"The future of fake news is messaging apps, not social media. And it’s going to be even worse."

The New York Times Ellen Pollock

Our readers call us out over bubble tea. They are right.

"The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently (if at all)."

The Hollywood Reporter Lauren Huff

James Murdoch rips Trump: "Standing up to Nazis is essential"

"In a letter he also pledged a donation of $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League."

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Peter Sterne

Taylor Lorenz punched while filming aftermath of fatal attack

"In an interview with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Lorenz said that as she documented the aftermath of the attack, a shirtless man came up to her and repeatedly ordered her to stop recording. According to Lorenz, she showed the man her press pass and said that she was a journalist, at which point the man walked behind her and then punched her hard in the side of her face."

TV News Check Harry A. Jessell

YouTube TV to carry all Sinclair big 4 affiliates

"Under a comprehensive contract, the streaming service will carry Sinclair's ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates within their markets. The deal also includes carriage of the Tennis Channel and possibly later CW and MNT affiliates and the Comet TV diginet."

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The New York Times JOSHUA BARONE

The creator of ‘Radiolab,’ a lapsed composer, returns to music

"As Mr. Abumrad has become one of the most innovative radio producers of his generation, he continues to moonlight as a composer. His music will be familiar to fans of 'Radiolab.'"

Oliver Darcy CNN Money

'#WAR': Breitbart set to take on Trump White House after Bannon ouster

"Breitbart had been almost unfailingly supportive of President Trump, first during his campaign and then during his presidency. But following the White House's ouster of Steve Bannon, the former head of the right-wing website, Breitbart appears to be getting ready for a fight with the Trump team."

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