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6:20 PM ET, June 25, 2017


 Top News: 
Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed:
CNN Deleted A Story Linking Trump And Russia, Then Issued A Retraction After Questions Were Raised  —  The story cited a single, unnamed source claiming that a Senate committee was investigating a Russian fund with connections to President Trump's transition team.
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Source: CNNMoney executive editor Rich Barberi tells staff not to publish any content involving Russia before clearing with him and a CNN VP  —  The decision came after the network deleted and retracted a post on Friday.  —  CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions …
Discussion: @nickpistor and CNN
James West / Mother Jones:
Interview with Brian Knappenberger, director of “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”, on the Gawker-Hogan lawsuit, its financing, journalism's importance  —  In June 2016, Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy and put itself up for auction.  The company's high-profile demise came …
Susan Wojcicki / YouTube Blog:
At VidCon, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announces 1.5B logged-in viewers visit YouTube each month, says YouTube TV will expand to 10 markets, and more  —  I just got off stage after a great conversation with Rhett and Link at VidCon, where we announced a number of exciting new updates.
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
CIA set up back channel to get missing journalist Austin Tice freed, but effort fizzled in April after Syria's nerve gas attack  —  WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Trump administration, national security officials began exploring ways to free Austin Tice, an American journalist …
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and @cjchivers
US court finds Sci-Hub, LibGen infringed on copyright, grants science publisher Elsevier $15M in damages  —  Some doubt that the publishing giant will see any money from the pirate site.  —  Rights & Permissions  —  One of the world's largest science publishers, Elsevier …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook courts talent agencies as it prepares to debut TV-quality shows by late summer with budgets of up to $3M/episode, as well as short-form videos  —  Facebook is talking to Hollywood studios and agencies about producing TV-quality shows with an eye toward launching original programming …
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Yvette Tan / Mashable:
The Chinese government orders Weibo, iFeng, and ACFUN to cease all video and audio streaming services, says they don't meet national audiovisual regulations  —  Chinese authorities have sent shockwaves through the social media sphere, with a blanket ban on livestreaming across three major online platforms.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Indian state assembly sentences two editors to prison for defamation  —  The elected assembly of India's Karnataka state should revoke one-year jail sentences it imposed on two editors in Bangalore, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  —  The assembly on June 21 sentenced Ravi Belagere …
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in UK to fight hate speech and extremist content, will train and support charities and anti-terror groups  —  Firm's Online Civil Courage Initiative, already launched in Germany and France, aims to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speach
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Facebook Is Launching A Standalone App Exclusively For Video Creators  —  Facebook is set to launch a standalone app for video creators later this year, the company's product director, Daniel Danker, announced during a presentation entitled The Future of Facebook Video this morning at VidCon.
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Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Sources: The Chicago Sun-Times isn't interested in a $1 bid from a group led by Eisendrath because the bid will keep current owners liable for future expenses
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King's College hospital withdraws complaint alleging that a Sun reporter impersonated the friend of a Grenfell Tower victim to get an interview
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV, has died at 93; he was among the first local TV reporters in NYC and believed by many to be the first