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    Amazon announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2018, saying net sales increased 39 percent to $52.9 billion--compared with $38 billion in the second quarter a year ago--and net income was $2.5 billion. In a conference call that included zero remarks other than a few disclosures upfront and launched straight into the question-and-answer...

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    Discovery Communications became Discovery, Inc. when it closed its merger with Scripps Networks Interactive in March, bulking up to 17 networks in the process. As he finishes combining the two companies, president and CEO David Zaslav said he is eyeing a direct-to-consumer offering that would give subscribers access to his company's entire portfolio. During Discovery's...

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    The legal entanglements involving anonymous whistle-blower group Diet Madison Avenue, MDC Partners, CP+B and that agency's former chief creative officer Ralph Watson moved into a new phase this week as the network and agency filed a motion to have his lawsuit against them dismissed. In short, the lawyers argue that Watson must resolve any and...

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    Some of the last European primeval forests in Romania are being illegally depleted every day, and Havas Germany has had enough. The agency has launched an initiative to raise awareness not only that these forests being destroyed, but also to inform people that they still exist in the first place. The devices affixed to the...

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    General elections are coming up in Brazil in October, and Facebook detailed some steps it is taking to ensure that the social network is not used to compromise those votes. Head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Newsroom post that the social network recently took down a network of 196 pages and 87...

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    Viacom has just purchased multichannel network AwesomenessTV, which reaches a purported 158 million subscribers and boasts 300 million monthly views, in another recent move to expand its portfolio. The network sale was valued at a reported $25 million, though Viacom declined to comment on the exact terms of the deal. AwesomenessTV, a Gen-Z audience-targeted media...

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    LinkedIn users who prefer saying it over typing it can now do so with voice messaging on the professional network. The feature is currently rolling out on LinkedIn's iOS and Android applications, with full availability expected in the next few weeks, and voice messages can be received on mobile and web. Senior product manager Zack...

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    Ever since YouTube launched its subscription streaming service, YouTube Red, in fall 2015, the platform's name has been the subject of a slew of jokes making light of its similarity to porn sites like RedTube. That's no longer a problem for the outlet, which rebranded as YouTube Premium in May, shortly after debuting its biggest...

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    Facebook's latest acquisition was completed with an eye toward its Workplace by Facebook enterprise offering, as email startup Redkix was scooped up by the social network. Redkix combined email, messaging and calendar features in a single application, but that app will be shuttered following its acquisition by Facebook. Facebook said Redkix employees including co-founders and...

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    Facebook signed a legally binding agreement earlier this week with the office of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in which it agreed to ensure that third-party advertisers cannot exclude ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and other protected groups from seeing their ads, and to implement those policy changes within 90 days. However, not...

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    Domino's is turning its pizza boxes--and the pizzas that go inside them--into an augmented reality campaign. This weekend, the pizza chain will begin running a national ad campaign that lets Snapchat users play with the platform's new "shoppable AR" lens. The feature, which will be available on Saturday, lets users tap a button within Snapchat...

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    Twitter is lacing up its cleats for the 2018 Major League Soccer All-Star Game Presented by Target, which will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Aug. 1. Hashtag-triggered emoji were created for both the All-Star Game and the MLS Homegrown Game, a showcase of young talent from the league's youth development system, in which...

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    Hours after the New Yorker published its explosive story in which six women accused CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation, one of CBS' top female execs said that she was "fully" in her boss' corner. Jo Ann Ross, the company's ad sales chief and a 25-year CBS sales veteran,...

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    After five months as the new head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke unveiled her strategy for the streaming service--and promised that Prime Video's often-frustrating user interface is about to get a major upgrade. Unlike competitors like Netflix, which are trying to pump out as much content as possible, "you won't see some giant volume play,"...

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    Amazon capped its appearance at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Los Angeles by releasing the first teaser and announcing a premiere date for The Romanoffs, which is Matthew Weiner's first TV series since Mad Men ended in 2015. The teaser, which lists part of the impressive cast from Weiner's new show but...

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    As Netflix continues to take over the TV industry--it now has 130 million subscribers in 190 countries, and will spend as much as $8 billion on original programing--the company says it has thrived by programming not to demographics but what it calls "taste communities." "We found that demographics are not a good indicator of what...

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    Twitter revealed the winners of the request for proposals it issued in March to devise ways to measure the overall health of public conversation on its network. The social network said in March that nonprofit research organization Cortico developed four indicators to measure conversational health--shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion and receptivity--and it was...

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    John Oliver had some fun with Facebook's recent ad campaign during Sunday night's installment of HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver reimagined Facebook's new TV ad Last Week Tonight With John Oliver/HBO The segment began with the social network's actual television ad: "We came here for the...

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    A few weeks after Away, a luggage and travel company, raised a $50 million round of funding, the company opened up a pop-up shop in New York. Adweek visited the pop-up shop, dubbed "Terminal A," which is open from July 27 through Aug. 5. Customers enter the space located in SoHo, receive their "passport," which...

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    One of PBS' most famous and influential personalities of all-time, Fred Rogers, will be returning to the public broadcast network in 2019. PBS has secured rights to Won't You Be My Neighbor?, this summer's hit documentary about the late Rogers and his iconic children's show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It will air the doc on Independent...

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