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1:55 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
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu exploring an ad-free option for about $12-$14/month, launching as early as fall  —  Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service  —  Option could launch as early as this fall and be priced at around $12 to $14 a month  —  Hulu is exploring plans to add an advertising-free option …
Discussion: Variety
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: Deadline and The Wrap
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts resigns amid changes  —  National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts has informed staff that she is leaving the company in the wake of Atlantic Media's decision to shutter the weekly magazine, the On Media blog has learned.
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.
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.
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
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: CNBC and The Hill
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 …
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation
Discussion: Multichannel News and Reuters
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UK watchdog report finds two police forces unlawfully accessed data records to find journalists' sources
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Agence France-Presse:
Egypt drops proposed two-year jail penalty for journalists who report information that contradicts government
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Illicit sharing of HBO, Netflix, and other account passwords estimated to cost the VOD industry $500M+ in 2015
Discussion: BuzzFeed