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5:45 PM ET, July 27, 2016


 Top News: 
Alex Spence / Politico:
Sources: 268 employees have accepted buyout offers from the Guardian, including 70 in the newsroom, in latest round of cost-cutting  —  LONDON - A cluster of senior figures are leaving the Guardian as it grapples to stem mounting financial losses.  —  Prominent journalists including Middle …
Discussion: @joepompeo, The Wrap and FishbowlNY
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr launches ads on all users' blogs Thursday, will unveil revenue program for partners later in 2016; users can opt out of ads on their blogs  —  Tumblr this week quietly announced plans to roll out a new advertising program across its site which will see it implementing ads across users' blogs.
Turkey detains 47 journalists in crackdown on suspected supporters of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of masterminding failed coup  —  Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric …
Discussion: @ap, Mediaite and Poynter
The Times of Israel:
Turkey shutters dozens of news outlets in media crackdown  —  Turkey sacks 149 generals and admirals (out of 358) and thousands of officers over coup charges.  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern at the Turkish government's restrictions on individual rights under the state …
Alex Spence / Politico:
French newspaper Le Monde says it won't publish pictures of terror attackers to avoid giving perpetrators “posthumous glorification”  —  After the killing of an elderly priest at a church in northern France, Le Monde has called for the media to rethink the way it covers such attacks to avoid ‘glorifying’ the perpetrators.
Manuel Baigorri / Bloomberg:
Sources: owners considering selling SoundCloud, hoping for a $1B valuation of the company  —  Founders and investors are weighing options, including a sale  —  German firm so far hasn't found buyer at sufficient price  —  SoundCloud Ltd.'s owners are considering a sale that could value …
Alexei Oreskovic / Business Insider:
Tim Cook's comments during earnings call about TV could reignite speculation about Apple's longterm TV plans  —  Investors and Apple fans have long been waiting for Apple to do something big with TVs.  —  Sure, Apple has sold the Apple TV box for years.  But that box is really just a streaming box …
Discussion: Apple, VentureBeat and @obrien
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Apple Music buys 16 half-hour episodes of unscripted TV series Carpool Karaoke from CBS, which will be produced but not hosted by James Corden
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
BuzzFeed beefs up its translation team, capitalizing on stories across foreign bureaus; translations make up 30% to 40% of content in international editions  —  It's well-known by now that media startup BuzzFeed has opened news bureaus in ten countries.  But those bureaus …
Alan Huffman / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at self-trained local freelancer and photojournalist Abdel-Kader Fassouk, after his death in Libya last week  —  Abdel-Kader Fassouk (center) with anti-ISIS fighters in Sirte, Libya, moments before he was killed.  (Photo by Andre Liohn)  —  The killing of a young Libyan photojournalist …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
ABC News, CNN, and The Huffington Post are among the publishers producing virtual reality content at the presidential conventions  —  Live video might be all the rage during this year's presidential conventions, but a few publishers are taking it a step further by producing virtual reality and 360-degree videos from the events.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast beats targets with Q2 net income of $2.03B, down from $2.14B a year ago, on revenue of $19.27B, up 2.8%; broadband revenue rises, studio revenue falls  —  Profit dragged down by weaker performance at film studio  —  Despite fears of cord-cutting and competition from cheaper streaming options …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC partners with social media stars in an attempt to draw TV-averse millennials to its Olympics coverage  —  NBC's headaches in rio include well-publicized hazards like the Zika virus and shaky infrastructure.  But the network faces another conundrum with this summer's Olympics …
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 More News: 
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
5K of Vine's top 9725 accounts have stopped posting to the platform, and those that do frequently post to platforms like Facebook first; user growth is stagnant
Discussion: @caitlindewey
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
NPR timidity in using the word “plagiarism” to describe Melania Trump's speech shows a weakness in journalism culture
Discussion: @joshshepperd
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Yahoo's writers, producers and other media staffers, including stars like Katie Couric and David Pogue, face uncertainty after Verizon deal
Discussion: New York Times and FishbowlNY
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports Q2 revenue of $602M, an increase of 20% YoY, 313M MAUs, up from 310M last quarter; stock drops 9%+ on low Q3 guidance of $590M-610M in revenue
Rene Rodriguez / Miami Herald:
How Fusion more than doubled revenues from 2014 to 2015, trimmed losses and changed focus to social issues as parent company Univision prepares for an IPO

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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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