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3:50 AM ET, July 14, 2017

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Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
NPR staffers weigh a possible strike vote as early as Friday night, while management takes a hard line in contract talks  —  Management says talks are “productive,” but the union decries an “odious” contract on offer.  —  Hollywood avoided potential strikes this year by writers and talent, but NPR may not be so lucky.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked documents suggest that Robert Mercer and his family funded Milo Yiannopoulos following his resignation from Breitbart News  —  The Mercer family helped Donald Trump become President — and they appear to be funding the controversial Yiannopoulos.  —  Secretive hedge fund billionaire …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
BBC's partnership with CBS ends its deal with ABC, as CBS ends its deal with Sky  —  BBC News is ending its decades-long editorial partnership with ABC news to team up with rival CBS.  In a statement released Thursday, network executives celebrated the impact the partnership …
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Roku has hired IPO underwriters, and one source says it may file confidentially in the next few weeks, seeking a valuation of ~$1B  —  Streaming media player maker said to be seeking a valuation of roughly $1 billion  —  Roku Inc., which makes streaming media devices and software …
Alexandra Ellerbeck / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Recent US Senate report on leaks and national security used unscientific methodology, created false paradigm between national security and press freedom, more  —  Last week, Republicans on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a report on leaks to the media.
Discussion: @pressfreedom
BuzzFeed:
In a familiar pattern, right-wing personalities and media spread false claims about a Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr., with one claim amplified by Trump  —  Pro-Trump media figures have gone as far as to falsely suggest that the Russian attorney may have planted a listening device for the Obama administration.
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun Times:
Shareholder sues to stop Tribune Media-Sinclair deal, accusing Tribune of misleading stockholders and withholding information  —  Tribune Media Company is facing a stockholder lawsuit seeking class-action status aimed at halting its pending $3.9 billion purchase by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.
Sami Main / Adweek:
Kevin Hart's LOL comedy network to launch streaming service Aug. 3; free app will offer a show per week with ads, $2.99 version will offer full seasons, no ads  —  Lyft is a partner for one of the series  —  Starting next month, fans of Kevin Hart can stream his specials plus hand-selected and produced content from Hart himself.
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Pinterest hires Jon Alferness and Meredith Guerriero, senior execs at Google and Facebook, to develop new ad formats and targeting  —  Jon Alferness and Meredith Guerriero bring search and programmatic expertise  —  Pinterest is after Google's talent.  The San Francisco-based company …
Discussion: Ad Age and Fortune, more at Techmeme »
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
At Sun Valley, CBS CEO Les Moonves says the company isn't looking for deals but would consider CNN if it were available  —  - CBS CEO Les Moonves said the company isn't looking for deals now, but would consider CNN if it became available: “CNN is a very worthy news organization.”
Slate:
A census of 2,515 Washington journalists reveals that most political reporters haven't adopted secure tools for communicating with sources  —  When journalists don't step up, leakers are forced to use riskier modes of communication to initiate contact.  —  In the months since Donald Trump took office …
 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK press regulator Impress rules Byline Media must pay £2,500 to freelancer Dennis Rice because of a tweet deemed defamatory
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter found a new division, Celadon Books, at Macmillan, focusing on fiction and nonfiction
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Online publishers like LittleThings and Dotdash are eliminating obtrusive ads to to boost overall revenue and improve user experience
Hadas Gold / Politico:
HuffPost launches a 7-week, 23-city bus tour through Middle America to “learn what it means to be American today,” which sources say could cost $1M