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8:30 AM ET, July 20, 2017

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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
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
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.
Discussion: Forbes, @mattwaite and @mattgrosack
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed:
Inside the challenges facing MTV as it tries to reinvent itself in the internet age while continuing to be motivated by nostalgia  —  MTV used to be closely in tune with youth culture, creating cultural phenomena instead of merely covering them.  Now, it looks like they're just trying to catch up.
Discussion: @buzzfeednews
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Local TV affiliates convened with the WH on Tuesday as part of a relationship building meeting and to discuss how to book WH officials  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAT DOWN FOR AN EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE ‘FAILING NEW YORK TIMES’ — his second interview with them in just over a month.
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 …
Discussion: Press Gazette and VentureBeat
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New research finds people struggle to detect fake images and pinpoint where they've been manipulated  —  I recently, shamefully fell for a photo plastered all over my timeline last week of Vladimir Putin sitting in a chair at G-20 as other world leaders, including Donald Trump …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Benedict Evans:
As tech platforms experiment with TV content, a look at how corporations controlling music and ebooks lost their strategic value to tech companies
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
Marissa Lang / San Francisco Chronicle:
Inside San Francisco's KQED as it operates in low-tech mode after a June ransomware attack
Discussion: LA Observed