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4:20 AM ET, July 27, 2017


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Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Senate Press Gallery rules vs. Constitutional protections after journalists were told to delete images and forbidden from taking photos of protesters  —  Protesters chanted in the Senate visitor galleries Tuesday as legislators prepared to vote to open debate on a bill repealing parts …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey, formerly Twitter VP of product, becoming Medium's head of product  —  Medium has a new head of product, while the startup behind the defunct texting app Talkshow appears to be done for good.  —  Talkshow Industries was led …
Sources: Discovery edges out Viacom to enter exclusive talks to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive in cash-and-stock bid valuing Scripps at about $90/share  —  (Reuters) - U.S. media company Discovery Communications Inc in the lead to acquire U.S. cable TV network owner Scripps Network Interactive Inc …
Tristan Greene / The Next Web:
Sony adds a $10/month sports package option to its Playstation Vue TV streaming service; it offers NFL Redzone, some ESPN programming, more  —  Sony is trying to make cords go extinct by addressing one of the biggest concerns that holdouts have: live sporting events.
Bernie Arnason / Telecompetitor:
Sony signs deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), allowing NCTC members to include Playstation Vue in TV packages
Discussion: Consumerist
Q&A with The Hill's campaign editor Will Sommer on his newsletter Right Richter, a weekly round-up of right-wing news which now has 5.2K subscribers  —  A few days before the presidential election, Will Sommer wrote a story for Washington City Paper about a little D.C. pizzeria with a big problem.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Sources: Facebook to debut a series of original, short-form videos from partners in mid-Aug., after a number of false starts; longer-form content to come later  —  Facebook's video tab start has been delayed several times  —  Company is asking partners to turn in first episodes now
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Financial news network Cheddar announces Cheddar Local, news packages tailored for local TV stations, and partners with TEGNA and New York's News 12  —  On Tuesday, News 12 anchor Doug Geed did something that months ago would have been out of the ordinary for his Long Island-based TV station …
Discussion: @kantrowitz, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Inside regional media nonprofit WyoFile which has dived deep into local news since 2008  —  “Wyoming is a microcosm of a lot of what is happening in America today.  It represents a subset of American society that I think we've learned you can only ignore at your own risk."
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
ASCAP and BMI announce they're building a single database to track ownership of musical works, with rollout in late 2018  —  Sensenbrenner says they are grasping at straws  —  Performance rights groups ASCAP and BMI have teamed up to create what they are billing as a “single …
Discussion: Variety and Billboard
Sara Fischer / Axios: Flipboard is the fourth biggest driver of traffic to news stories on mobile after Google, Facebook, and Twitter  —  Flipboard is becoming one of the biggest drivers of traffic to news stories on mobile, according to exclusive data from media analytics firm
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
ITV profit down 16% to £259M in first half of 2017, advertising revenue down 8% to £769M; broadcaster raises dividend 5% to reassure investors
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How Danish news startup Føljeton evolved into a newsletter company with 5,500 paying subscribers
Ronan Shields / The Drum:
Outbrain acquires native ad startup Zemanta, which will continue as a standalone product, for an undisclosed amount
Discussion: @taylorbuley