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7:55 PM ET, July 19, 2017

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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Facebook launches tool that lets publishers compare Instant Articles traffic to traditional links that point to mobile pages  —  Facebook today released a new developer's tool for publishers to see how their stories are doing on the social media platform.  —  The analytics tool …
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Maria Ressa, CEO of Philippines-based news org Rappler, says Facebook “broke democracy” in 2016, discusses impact of platforms on elections, more  —  “It's still an empowering platform.  I will not take that away from them.  But people who deal with the algorithms have to work hand …
Leon Lazaroff / TheStreet:
Facebook says it will start testing a subscription service with publishers in October, offering 10 articles free before prompting users to buy subscriptions
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google rolls out news feed in its iOS and Android search app, similar to Twitter and Facebook streams, aims to surface relevant content for users  —  Searching for relevance  —  Google today is rolling out its take on the news feed, a personalized stream of articles, videos, and other content.
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Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed:
BBC's list of 96 stars earning more than £150K shows little diversity with 34 females, six black or mixed race, and four Asians  —  Chris Evans has been revealed as the highest-paid BBC star, earning nearly £2.25 million in the last year.  —  The BBC has been forced to reveal …
BBC:   BBC annual report: weekly global audience of 372M people, iPlayer has 246M monthly requests, total bill spent on paying talent down 2.5% YoY
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
Associated Press names Wendy Benjaminson national editor for beats, overseeing teams covering state government, education, environment, more  —  The former acting Washington bureau chief will remain in Washington for this role  —  Wendy Benjaminson has a new role at AP as national news editor for beats …
Phil Howard / The Computational Propaganda Project:
28-country study including democracies and autocracies finds that gov'ts and political parties spend greatly on manipulating public opinion over social media  —  Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media.
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
FAA says it will offer “instant authorization” for drone flights for journalists and others near 50 airports by the end of year, mostly at quieter sites  —  Drone journalists just got some very good news.  The FAA says that this year it will begin offering “instant authorization” for drone flights in controlled airspace.
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Ksenija Pavlovic of Pavlovic Today defies White House rules by streaming audio of off-camera daily briefing using Periscope  —  It was only a matter of time.  —  At every White House news briefing since June 29 — and many before, too — President Trump's spokesmen have ordered a room full …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu adds 3,000 drama and comedy shows including How I Met Your Mother, M*A*S*H, Glee, and NYPD Blue, expanding its deal with 20th Century Fox  —  Hulu and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced an massive new agreement that will add nearly 3,000 episodes from 26 recent …
Josh Levin / Slate:
Q&A with Jim DeRogatis, the reporter behind BuzzFeed's R. Kelly story who has been covering allegations of sexual abuse against the singer for nearly 17 years  —  On Dec. 21, 2000, Jim DeRogatis and Abdon M. Pallasch wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times that “R. Kelly used his position of fame …
 
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
BuzzFeed launches 2-4 minute morning audio briefing, “Reporting to You”, for hands-free audio speakers like Amazon Alexa
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Fitt, a network of local fitness sites operating in 16 US cities, with another seven slated to launch soon
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who will get five lifetime achievement awards this year, on dress codes, aggressiveness, and obfuscation of truth
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Wall Street Journal:
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