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7:10 PM ET, July 16, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / news:rewired:
Tow Center's Emily Bell: News organizations have lost control of distribution, must work with social media apps and develop their own tech  —  Emily Bell: news groups should harness tech in the service of ‘good’ journalism  —  With social media companies stepping into the news business like never before …
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:
Illicit sharing of HBO, Netflix, and other account passwords estimated to cost the VOD industry $500M+ in 2015  —  Password Sharing: Are Netflix, HBO Missing $500 Million by Not Cracking Down?  —  Subscription VOD players, fighting for market share, aren't likely to crack down on cheaters
Discussion: BuzzFeed and
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.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UK watchdog report finds two police forces unlawfully accessed data records to find journalists' sources  —  Two police forces breached code on protection of journalists' sources  —  Report by interception of communications watchdog reveals breaches of new code of practice in force only since March
Discussion: Press Gazette
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Interview with HBO's Bernadette Aulestia, EVP of global distribution operations, about HBO Now, cord cutters, cannibalizing fears, and scaling for big events  —  An interview with Bernadette Aulestia, the woman expanding HBO beyond cable  —  Bernadette Aulestia's first gig helping HBO expand beyond cable was a short-lived effort.
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 …
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation
Discussion: Multichannel News and Reuters
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former AOL exec Ran Harnevo raises $20M for Bkstg, a musician-fan app, expected to launch later this year
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Twitter's new preview cards could help publishers better highlight stories by providing extra room for art, video, and text, and get around 140-character limit
Ross Miller / The Verge:
The Apple Watch is now a remote for Hulu

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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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