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11:30 AM ET, July 27, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Facebook boosts quarterly advertising revenue to $9.2B with mobile accounting for 87%  —  Facebook increased its quarterly advertising revenue by 47 per cent year-on-year to $9.2bn, new financial results show.  —  Advertising made up 98 per cent of the social network's total revenues …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
DocumentCloud is transitioning out of IRE, backed by $250K grant from the Knight Foundation, and will ask news orgs using it to start financially supporting it  —  “We need to address the sustainability question — like now — and we can't wait any longer to do it."
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:   Inside regional media nonprofit WyoFile which has dived deep into local news since 2008
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: marijuana magazine High Times is preparing to file for an IPO; parent company Oreva Capital is selling the magazine for $250M  —  (Reuters) - The publisher of iconic marijuana enthusiast magazine, “High Times,” plans to take the company public in the fall, two sources familiar …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Google plans to merge Google Play Music with YouTube Red to create a new streaming service, YouTube's head of music Lyor Cohen confirmed  —  One service to cover everything (almost)  —  YouTube's head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sling TV to host pay-per-view events, starting this weekend with UFC fight  —  Dish's streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV,will host its first ever pay-per-view eventthis weekend, by offering coverage of UFC: 214: Cormier v. Jones 2.  The fight between former titleholder Jon Jones …
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Twitter's Q2 revenue of $574M beats expectations, but monthly active users remain flat at 328M; advertising revenue decreases 8% YoY to $489M; shares fall 8%+  —  - Twitter posted better-than-expected EPS and revenue growth in its second-quarter earnings report.
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Group Nine Media, parent company of The Dodo and NowThis, hires ex-Clinton assistant Press Secretary April Mellody as head of corporate communications  —  April Mellody handled communications for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  —  Group Nine Media, the parent company of Thrillist …
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 …
New York Times Co.:
The NYT passed 2M digital-only news subscriptions in Q2, with revenue up 9.2% to $407.1M, and ad revenue increasing for first time since Q3 2014, by 0.8%  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) announced today second-quarter 2017 diluted earnings per share …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter reports a profit of $139M in its Q2 earnings, with revenue up 4% to $10.4B, but continues to haemorrhage pay TV subscribers, losing 90K  —  The company, led by chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge, reports its latest results.  —  Cable operator Charter Communications …
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Sara Fischer / Axios: Flipboard is the fourth biggest driver of traffic to news stories on mobile after Google, Facebook, and Twitter
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
Discussion: Variety and Billboard
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley denies rumors of a Fox News rival, contests recent reports of a conservative agenda, and says Tribune buyout will focus on technology
Discussion: @tcfrankel
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
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