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12:40 PM ET, July 3, 2017


 Top News: 
The Guardian:
CNN says Trump is encouraging violence against reporters by tweeting an altered 2007 Wrestlemania video of Trump body-slamming a man with a CNN logo as a head  —  CNN statement says president ‘involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office’ while Ben Sasse says he is ‘trying to weaponise distrust’
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Twitter says Trump's CNN wrestling tweet doesn't violate its rules, even though it appeared to incite his supporters, with some posting even more violent images  —  Trump tweets insults at MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski  —  Twitter told CNN on Sunday that the company reviewed the tweet …
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A Reddit user who posted comments on the site about stabbing Muslims has claimed to be the creator of the CNN WWE GIF tweeted by Trump  —  The user whose screen name is an unprintable corruption of “Han Solo” spent about a year on Reddit before attaining stardom, courtesy of a share from President Trump.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How New Jersey's Star-Ledger snapped photos of Gov. Christie on a beach he'd closed to the public, taking aerial pictures from a small plane  —  The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger is committed to keeping Gov. Chris Christie honest — even if it takes a private plane.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook is challenging a gag order from a DC court, which prevented it from notifying users about search warrants for their accounts  —  Tech companies and civil liberties groups are backing up Facebook in its challenge to a court order that bars Facebook from notifying users about warrants for their information.
Discussion: @katienotopoulos and @zoetillman
David Bond / Financial Times:
Sources: YouTube offered some advertisers $3 in compensation, in an attempt to lure them back after their ads appeared on extremist sites  —  Video site makes tiny payouts after brands' concerns over ads linked to extremism  —  Read next … Companies that pulled advertising from YouTube …
Discussion: Tubefilter and The Drum
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
Tumblr's uncertain future demonstrates the difficulty of monetizing internet culture, as do the fortunes of Twitter, Reddit, 4chan, and even YouTube  —  Earlier this month, Verizon completed its acquisition of Yahoo, incorporating the internet-portal pioneer's slate of brands under a new umbrella corporation named, ominously, Oath.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After doubling its paid subscribers in a year, Talking Points Memo tries to find new extras to offer them, including views behind the scenes  —  “We've learned a lot over the last few years about how to construct a business model that allows a substantial but still relatively small news organization to thrive."
Jesse Wegman / New York Times:
Lyle Denniston, a well-known 86-year-old reporter who has covered the Supreme Court for 58 years, retired last week  —  There have been 113 Supreme Court justices in American history.  Lyle Denniston has reported on 31 of them — more than one in four.  “My wife and I ran a calculation,” …
Discussion: @avtrask, @tribelaw and @adamliptak
Sources: Jared Kushner tried to buy The National Enquirer's owner, American Media Inc., three years ago  —  Tabloid newspaper bandied about in Trump's MSNBC Twitter war  —  White House offered to help spike story, MSNBC hosts say  —  The National Enquirer's ties to President Donald Trump …
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Kyle Chayka / New Republic:
Profile of Tyler Brûlé, founder and editor in chief of Monocle magazine, whose globalist ethos feels increasingly out of touch with the rise of nationalism
Discussion: Longreads
Max Willens / Digiday:
Publishers including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Scripps, and Time Inc. announce video-centric skills for Amazon's Echo Show
Discussion: Tubefilter
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Sources: Harvey Levin's personal friendship with Trump dictates the promotional coverage Trump receives on TMZ
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Katy Waldman / Slate:
How journalists line the walls on Capitol Hill, hoping to catch senators saying more than just evasive, boilerplate answers on the US health insurance bill
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Ingram Publisher Services acquires British digital and print book distributor National Book Network International, or NBNi
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed subpoenas federal agencies for details of probe into Trump-Russia dossier, as part of discovery in libel suit filed by tech exec Aleksej Gubarev
Discussion: @txtianmiller