Welcome to Media Wasteland, what I find interesting in the global news and content markets.
Facebook scrambles to clarify its contradictions. WordPress buys Tumblr. The slow death of local journalism continues. Huawei hires lobbyists, because, 'Merica. In Australia, press freedom under attack. Russian Foreign Ministry defends UK bigot Robinson.
Facebook has denied contradicting itself in evidence to the UK parliament and a US public prosecutor. Last month the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee wrote to the company to raise what it said were discrepancies in…
Wall Street Journal
– Aug 12, 1:00 PM
Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to sell its blogging website Tumblr to the owner of popular online-publishing tool WordPress, unloading for a nominal amount a site that once fetched a purchase price of more than $1 billion. Automattic Inc.
The demise of a 150-year-old Ohio paper stings in a region already reeling from job losses. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — When the press stops rolling at The Vindicator this month, a lingering question will once again taunt the residents of the…
Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Huawei Technologies Co. hired the law firm Sidley Austin LLP to lobby on trade as the U.S. pressures allies to join it in blacklisting the Chinese…
The Associated Press
– Aug 12, 11:26 PM
Australia's tarnished reputation as a bastion of press freedom came under further attack on Tuesday, with media executives telling a parliamentary inquiry there are many laws that criminalize journalism in a country plagued by an air of official…
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised a few eyebrows after describing far-right activist Tommy Robinson as a “journalist” and pledging to monitor his time in jail from the “perspective of... human rights…