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3:05 PM ET, June 29, 2017


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's vulgar tweets directed at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are the latest of a string of escalating attacks by the president on the news media  —  President Trump assailed the television host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday in unusually personal and vulgar terms …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at the ugly descent of Trump's relationship with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, from Trump's guest appearances on Morning Joe to today's tweets  —  President Trump's relationship with the hosts of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” — which devolved into cringeworthy tweets …
Discussion: @amyargetsinger and @brucetomaso
Tony Romm / Recode:
White House confirms Trump nominated Brendan Carr, FCC general counsel and Pai ally, for FCC GOP slot; he named Jessica Rosenworcel for Democratic slot earlier  —  Carr is an ally of agency chairman Ajit Pai, and previously worked in the telecom industry.  —  (Update, 8:29 p.m. ET: The White House confirmed Carr's nomination.)
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Poynter receives a $1.3M grant from the Omidyar Network and Open Society Foundations to expand its International Fact-Checking Network  —  In the fall of 2015, I joined Poynter to run the newly launched International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).  While I had high expectations for the new gig …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Canada's top court rules that Google can be compelled by lower courts to remove search results worldwide, causing concern among civil liberties groups  —  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The UK government says it intends to call in the Competition and Markets Authority for a further six-month examination of Rupert Murdoch's Sky takeover bid  —  Culture secretary Karen Bradley announces decision after Ofcom warns of potential for Murdoch to ‘influence the overall news agenda’
Jeff Baumgartner / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nuvyyo debuts the Tablo Engine, an Android TV-based DVR app that lets consumers watch and record live TV from local broadcast networks  —  DVR app/tuner combo lets consumers watch and record TV on the Nvidia Shield  —  Nuvyyo, the company behind a lineup of over-the-air DVRs …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
How Instagram used DeepText, an AI-based system built at Facebook that mimics the way language works in our brains, to block offensive comments  —  EVERY WORD HAS at least one meaning when it stands alone.  But the meaning can change depending on context, or even over time.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New York Times editorial staff is planning a 15-minute walkout today at 3pm to protest pending newsroom cuts  —  New York Times reporters on Thursday sent a letter to the paper's top editors to protest the oncoming cuts to the newsroom's editing staff.  —  The letter, addressed …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Copy editors ask NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn to compromise on cuts, softening planned reduction of 109 editors to 50-55
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Make.TV, which helps broadcasters collect, curate, and distribute live video streams, raises $8.5M from Voyager Capital, Microsoft Ventures, Vulcan Capital  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Make.TV, which helps broadcasters collect, curate, and distribute live video streams, today announced funding of $8.5 million, led by Voyager Capital.
Discussion: GeekWire
Kelsey Sutton / Mic:
Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor  —  Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist from the New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor.
Discussion: @mmfa, @bariweiss and @goldengateblond
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Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Source: MTV News restructures to focus on short-form video, cutting about a dozen jobs as it shifts from long-form journalism, adding video staff
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
New York judge grants motion to drop US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from lawsuit over film financing at Relativity Media
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and Deadline
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
The number of journalists killed this year in Mexico has now risen to seven, as the body of TV journalist Salvador Adame is identified
Discussion: The Guardian