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12:30 AM ET, July 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman proposes content policy similar to existing rules, with some vague wording; content violating “common sense of decency” to be hidden  —  New Reddit rules will crack down on some hate communities, leave others standing  —  Reddit's new CEO …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Reddit CEO's proposed content policy reworks old ideologies of past CEOs and lacks specifics that could help root out harassment  —  Nothing Changes At Reddit  —  Reddit needed leadership.  Instead, it got more ideology.  —  This afternoon, some indeterminate, yet undoubtedly enormous number …
Discussion: Digiday and Mediaite
Ellen Pao / Washington Post:
Ellen Pao reflects on being trolled, says balancing free expression with privacy is getting harder, especially with audience and revenue pressure  —  Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet  —  Ellen Pao resigned this month from her position as interim chief executive of Reddit.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
As the Twitter Turns: Comms Head Gabriel Stricker Out in ‘Shift’ in Strategy  —  Gabriel Stricker, Twitter's longtime chief of communications, is leaving the company.  —  Unlike the recent departure of CEO Dick Costolo, the social communications company did not pretend this was not due …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
TWC CMO Jeffrey Hirsch moves to Starz as president of global marketing and product planning  —  Starz Names Jeffrey Hirsch President of Global Marketing, Product Planning  —  Starz has named Jeffrey Hirsch, a former top marketing executive at Time Warner Cable, as president of global marketing and product planning, effective July 20.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC is close to rejecting $3.3B in discounts for two Dish-backed entities related to spectrum auction earlier this year  —  FCC Poised to Reject Dish Entities' $3.3 Billion Auction Discounts  —  Dish partners sought small business discounts on $13.3 billion bids in spectrum auction
Discussion: The Hill and CNBC
Susanne Ault / Variety:
Netflix Preferred Over TV Nets Across Multiple Demos, Study Finds (Chart)  —  When compared with a wide variety of traditional linear TV networks, Netflix is the runaway favorite programming outlet among viewers ages 13-49, according to a survey conducted in June by research firm Ipsos Media CT.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
White House reporters now circulate pool reports among themselves  —  Thanks to a coordinated effort among Washington political reporters months in the making, White House officials no longer get the first read of daily bulletins that detail the comings-and-goings of the commander-in-chief.
Discussion: @owenthomas
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, a media rights group said Wednesday.  —  Kenya's constitution adopted in 2010 guarantees media freedom …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
National Journal to suspend weekly print magazine, face staff cuts, says Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley  —  National Journal magazine to suspend publication  —  The National Journal is suspending publication at the end of this year, the magazine announced Thursday afternoon:
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
District court says streaming firm FilmOn may have same rights as cable firms to rebroadcast network TV; case appealed  —  TV Streamer Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks  —  FilmOn wins a potential landmark ruling — one that will set up a high-stakes appellate showdown …
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Mackenzie Weinger /
Emily Bell: News groups should harness tech in the service of ‘good’ journalism  —  The director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism gave her take on the state of the industry at the news:rewired conference in London today  —  With social media companies stepping into the news business …
Nadia Khomami / Guardian:
BBC review key points: weighing subscription model against license fee, structure of the BBC Trust, how programming can be distinct from commercial companies  —  BBC review: the key points  —  Culture secretary John Whittingdale launches ‘root and branch’ review of BBC charter
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation  —  Rovi shares plummet more than 17% on ruling  —  Netflix won a key victory in its ongoing patent-infringement litigation with entertainment-tech firm Rovi, as a U.S. federal judge ruled Wednesday that the five Rovi-owned patents at issue were invalid.
Discussion: Multichannel News and Reuters
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UK watchdog report finds two police forces unlawfully accessed data records to find journalists' sources
Discussion: Press Gazette
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Illicit sharing of HBO, Netflix, and other account passwords estimated to cost the VOD industry $500M+ in 2015
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former AOL exec Ran Harnevo raises $20M for Bkstg, a musician-fan app, expected to launch later this year