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8:40 AM ET, June 27, 2017


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Three CNN staffers resign after retracted Russia-Scaramucci story: reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau, and CNN Investigates executive editor Lex Haris  —  Thomas Frank, a reporter for “CNN Investigates,” last Thursday appeared to have a compelling exclusive on the story of the year.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Profile of American Media CEO David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump who says the National Enquirer supports the president because its readers do  —  The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit.  Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Facebook video ad viewability rates range from 20% to 30%, far below the industry average, according to nine agency execs who started using third-party auditors  —  Facebook's metrics woes may be far from over.  —  After fessing up to a string of measurement errors over the past six months …
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:
Zillow sends cease and desist letter to architectural criticism blog McMansion Hell for using its images for parody  —  Real estate aggregator site Zillow has sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of McMansion Hell, the most popular lampooner of suburban ticky-tacky monstrosities.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Fox Sports is eliminating its ~20-person web writing staff, based in Los Angeles, to invest in online video production  —  About 20 staffers will lose jobs in department's transition  —  Fox Sports 1 gains in ratings against ESPN with opinion shows  —  21st Century Fox Inc.'s sports department …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox has received regulatory approval for its Sky takeover bid from the Republic of Ireland and is now just awaiting approval from the UK  —  That leaves the U.K. as the final market where a regulatory review is still ongoing.  —  21st Century Fox said Tuesday …
Discussion: Variety
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Sofia Vergara's Latino-focused media company Raze launches a mobile-first digital platform  —  Mobile-first portal can be accessed at  —  Raze, the Latino-focused media company founded by “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara and longtime entertainment execs Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer …
Discussion: Variety
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago  —  Cross one off the list.  —  Everyone wants to sell internet video subscriptions.  Except Vimeo: IAC's video unit, which had announced three years ago that it wanted to launch …
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives  —  Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Uptime, YouTube's experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all  —  YouTube's experimental app Uptime, which lets you watch videos with friends while reacting and commenting, has now opened up to all users.  The app was first launched in March of this year …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Ex-US attorney Preet Bharara will join Some Spider Studios, his brother's media company, as EVP, and will write articles for the firm's entertainment site, Cafe  —  Since Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, was abruptly fired in March by President Trump, speculation has swirled about what he would do next.
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The Guardian:
Guardian US is partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Rockefeller Foundation to publish stories from under-covered US regions
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon wants to charge advertisers $2.8M for 30-second spots during the NFL games it will stream to its Prime customers this coming season
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Ghana-based media startup OMG Digital, dubbed the BuzzFeed of Africa, raises $1.1M from investors including Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
Discussion: Forbes
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down, will likely stay until a replacement is found
Sheila N. Dang / Reuters:
Time Inc. licences Fortune brand to Barclays for stock indexes based on Fortune 500
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Alexis Sobel Fitts / Wired:
A look at some Alt-Right wiki sites, which were created as an alternative to Wikipedia and its perceived liberal bias