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2:50 PM ET, July 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Immediacy, intimacy, mass reach, and influence on media show the power of Facebook Live and other streaming services  —  When Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer Wednesday evening, his girlfriend's first instinct was to start broadcasting.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Carlson lawsuit against Roger Ailes forces Fox News to deal with changing power at 21st Century Fox and a changing world  —  At a time of fast-moving social change, Fox News can at times be viewed as a port in a storm for traditionalists who pine for the way we were — for the days …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Gretchen Carlson's Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit May Allow Murdoch Sons to Finally Oust Roger Ailes From Fox News  —  Throughout his five-decade career in media and Republican politics, Roger Ailes has demonstrated a remarkable talent for self-preservation.  “I have been through about 12 train wrecks in my career.
France 24:
Man identified on social media as victim in several terrorist attacks says he's being trolled; BBC and NYT have not responded to his request to remove his image  —  If you've clicked on any articles about the victims of recent terror attacks, you might have seen this man's photo.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google acquires Anvato, a platform used by broadcasters for encoding, editing, publishing and distributing video; the team will join Google's Cloud Platform  —  Google is getting deeper into the tech side of the video and broadcasting business.  The company today announced that it has acquired Anvato …
Danika Worthington / Denver Post:
Hyperlocal news venture ceased publishing July 1, will take down website July 10  —  Company shifting focus to live entertainment content for its digital ticketing platform  —  Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's AXS Digital Group is shuttering its local news venture …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Univision sues Charter Communications for breach of contract and accuses it of paying under-market rates based on pre-merger Time Warner Cable deal  —  Media company accuses cable operator of using recent merger to try to pay lower rates  —  Hispanic media company Univision Communications Inc …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: ESPN plans to offer live programming packages directly to consumers on the web, won't include pro football or basketball  —  Walt Disney's ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans.
Sean Craig / Financial Post:
Postmedia aims to eliminate $307 million in debt with recapitalization plan  —  Postmedia Network Inc., has proposed a recapitalization plan that would reduce its total debt obligation by about $307 million, putting the country's largest newspaper publisher on sounder financial footing.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
News aggregation app SmartNews raises $38M Series D, led by the Development Bank of Japan, sources say at a post-money valuation of $500M-$600M  —  As large platforms like Facebook and Apple position themselves as the new go-to places to read news, an independent app that started in Japan …
Discussion: Nikkei, PRWeb, Fortune and Fast Company
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
BBC begins international rollout of its iPlayer radio app on iOS and Android, starting with Ireland  —  The BBC's numerous radio stations have listeners the world over, not just Brits sitting down to their afternoon tea and crumpets.  In fact, the English-language World Service station alone boasts a global audience of 66 million.
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Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
Bankruptcy judge approves Gawker auction, deadline for bids is August 15, auction will be held August 16, and hearing to approve bid will occur on August 18
Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
Vatican court clears two journalists who wrote books based on leaks, sentences one source, a priest, to 18 months and gives another a suspended sentence
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Sky News and Sky Sports to eliminate 50 technical jobs and introduce automated robot camera system
Discussion: Press Gazette
Rhonda Cook / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lawyer for Georgia newspaper publisher says felony charges stemming from records request dropped
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Patrick Dolan acquires 75% of Newsday Media from Altice and becomes company president
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Noah Kulwin / Recode:
Fusion is launching a new website about music news and social justice called TrackRecord
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Economist profits up to £61m as paid subscriptions offset 18% print ad fall
Discussion: Crikey, Press Gazette and Politico
Amy Mitchell / Pew Research Center:
Study: 81% of US adults get news online, up from 12% 20 years ago; 72% get news on mobile devices; 36% of online news comes via orgs, 15% from friends, family
Ellen Gamerman / Wall Street Journal:
Audible launches on-demand audio service Channels with six original-content shows, free with $15 per month Audible membership or $5 per month standalone service
Jared Kushner / The New York Observer:
Jared Kushner defends father-in-law Donald Trump, saying the worst he could be criticized for was carelessness in retweeting imagery interpreted as offensive