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11:20 AM ET, July 20, 2017

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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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg outlines his vision for short-form video with 10-minute episodes, called New TV, and how he's seeking at least $2B in investment  —  When Jeffrey Katzenberg touched down in Sun Valley, Idaho, last week, it extended a streak of appearances at the annual conference …
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
 

 
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal life-threatening issues at Amazon's primary-care service One Medical, raising concerns about Amazon's frugal approach to health care

 
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