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12:45 PM ET, July 20, 2017

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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: Axios, Forbes, @mattwaite and @mattgrosack
Felix Gillette / Bloomberg:
Profile of Sinclair Broadcast Group, whose low production values and politically conservative agenda are clashing with local newsrooms as the network expands  —  In the menagerie of television talking heads who have come to prominence advocating for Donald Trump, Boris Epshteyn is hardly the most memorable.
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.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
A look at CNN Talk, a weekly half-hour politics chat show streamed on Facebook Live and TV simultaneously  —  Since May 5, CNN International has produced “CNN Talk,” a half-hour politics chat show streamed on Facebook Live and TV simultaneously at noon London time each Friday.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it's taking action against 10x the number of accounts it did a year ago, and that majority of disciplined accounts don't commit a second infraction  —  But real data is in short supply  —  A sustained push to reduce abuse on Twitter has shown promising results, the company said …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud, who has been the video company's general manager, to CEO  —  Anjali Sud gets a promotion; Joey Levin goes back to running IAC full time.  —  Vimeo has a new boss, after going more than a year without a full-time leader.  —  Parent company IAC has promoted Anjali Sud …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Knoxville Mercury, a Tennessee alt-weekly, is closing just two years after its launch  —  Staff at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Mercury went back and forth on how depressing their final issue should be.  —  The two-year-old publication distributed its last edition on Thursday.
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.
 
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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
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
Associated Press names Wendy Benjaminson national editor for beats, overseeing teams covering state government, education, environment, more
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
Discussion: Press Gazette and VentureBeat
 Earlier Picks: 
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
BuzzFeed launches 2-4 minute morning audio briefing, “Reporting to You”, for hands-free audio speakers like Amazon Alexa
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
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