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    Quartz is using Apple’s new AR tech to “help people understand objects in the news” on iPhones
    Apple’s new augmented-reality tools will open up new ways to illustrate stories: “It’s not quite drag-and-drop for producers, but it’s super close to that when it comes to the backend.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Report for America wants to place (and help pay for) young reporters in local newsrooms that need them
    “This was once something that a whole generation of journalists got to do to start their careers. Sadly, we’ve seen it disappear. We want to restore that tradition.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    Media in the Middle East: A new study shows how the Arab world gets and shares digital news
    Two-thirds of respondents in the countries studied said they get news from social media every day.
    By Everette E. Dennis and Robb Wood
    This former hedge fund guy is a one-man nonprofit investigating some of America’s shadiest companies
    “You can’t stop these guys from getting rich as hell and doing things, but I can at least have a marker laid out there in the cyber world saying: Hey, take a hard look.”
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    The future of news is humans talking to machines
    That’s the argument of the BBC’s Trushar Barot, who believes voice AI is the biggest technology revolution that the news industry is missing — and that it’s not too late to do something about it.
    By Trushar Barot
    BuzzFeed’s strategy for getting content to do well on all platforms? Adaptation and a lot of A/B testing
    Multiple versions of articles — with different headlines but also of different lengths and using different thumbnail art — are shown to BuzzFeed.com visitors until a winning combination emerges after a couple of hours.
    By Shan Wang
    You could change your mind. Or maybe (comforting thought!) you could just let Facebook do it for you
    Plus: “The year’s most consequential storylines have collided,” the differences between “observational” and direct correction, and one more trip to Macedonia.
    By Laura Hazard Owen
    With scripted comedy videos, The Washington Post wants to provide “new entry points to the news”
    “[The] very difficult task is to figure out how we get people to think of us as a video destination, and that destination does not have to be Washingtonpost.com.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Stopping fake news on social can feel like playing whack-a-mole. This tiny fact-checking operation in India thinks it’s making a small dent
    “The impact we’ve made has been noticeable on people in powerful positions, whether it’s politicians or mainstream media. We’ve opened them up, to see that you can’t ignore this, and that’s a good first step.”
    By Shan Wang
    Small pieces, loosely joined (oh, and a new iPhone): These are today’s key Apple updates for publishers
    Apple steps a little closer toward the constellation of devices that follow the smartphone.
    By Joshua Benton
    Adding a “disputed” label to fake news seems to work, a little. But for some groups, it actually backfires
    Labeling only some fake news stories as fake can make some people more likely to believe other fake news that aren’t labeled.
    By Shan Wang
    Quartz is using Apple’s new AR tech to “help people understand objects in the news” on iPhones
    Apple’s new augmented-reality tools will open up new ways to illustrate stories: “It’s not quite drag-and-drop for producers, but it’s super close to that when it comes to the backend.”
    By Ricardo Bilton
    Report for America wants to place (and help pay for) young reporters in local newsrooms that need them
    “This was once something that a whole generation of journalists got to do to start their careers. Sadly, we’ve seen it disappear. We want to restore that tradition.”
    Media in the Middle East: A new study shows how the Arab world gets and shares digital news
    Two-thirds of respondents in the countries studied said they get news from social media every day.
    What We’re Reading
    Reuters / Julia Fioretti
    “Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the ‘promotion of terrorism’ a 20 percent decline from the previous six months, although it gave no reason for the drop. Three-quarters of those accounts were suspended before posting their first tweet.”
    Poynter / Kristen Hare
    It hired a helicopter, added LIDAR cameras and flew the 2,000 miles along the border, filming 40 hours of footage that they synched with GPS coordinates along the way. In California, the Desert Sun and Ventura County Star worked on The Wall. In Arizona, the Arizona Republic. In New Mexico, the Las Cruces Sun-News. And in Texas, the El Paso Times and The Corpus Christi Caller Times.
    BuzzFeed / Alex Kantrowitz
    “Twitter, long an underdog in the social media world, appears to be learning from its much larger rival Facebook, a company that has ruthlessly copied competitors like Snapchat and Houseparty, leading to its informal internal slogan: ‘Don’t be too proud to copy.'”
    Poynter / Kristen Hare
    “As we begin talking about what journalists need to learn about the business of journalism, it’s interesting to look at the language we use to describe our non-news colleagues. “The business side” implies there’s more than one side.”
    Google Cloud Platform Blog / Apoorv Saxena
    “Through predefined content classification, Cloud Natural Language can now automatically sort documents and content into more than 700 different categories, including Arts & Entertainment, Hobbies & Leisure, Law & Government, News, Health, and more. This makes it ideal for industries like media and publishing who’ve traditionally had to manually sort, label and categorize content. Through machine learning with Cloud Natural Language, these companies can now automatically parse the meaning of their articles and content to organize them more efficiently.”
    The Drum / Lisa Lacy
    “In addition, Hartley noted that advertising is a means to an end for Amazon, which wants to sell more products. For Google, however, advertising is the end ‘because, with few exceptions, they don’t sell anything or make any money off the goods they direct people to via searches.'”
    The Guardian / Alex Hern
    “iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices…will include a new default feature for the Safari web browser dubbed ‘intelligent tracking prevention,’ which prevents certain websites from tracking users around the net, in effect blocking those annoying ads that follow you everywhere you visit.”
    Twitter / glennthrush
    “Too much of a distraction.” He is survived by 348,000 followers, 32,000 tweets, and 7,772 likes.
    Columbia Journalism Review / Priyanjana Bengani
    A look at some of the changes coming to iOS with today’s update.
    Axios / Sara Fischer
    “The good news: Regional sports networks have had better luck retaining viewers competitor to their national network competitors, reinforcing the importance for fans to see their local teams.”
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