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1:50 PM ET, July 29, 2017

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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Source: Charter Communications rebuffs SoftBank's proposal for merger with Sprint  —  Charter Communications Inc. isn't interested in a merger with Masayoshi Son's Sprint Corp. following a published report that the Japanese billionaire was seeking such a deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sprint has proposed a merger with Charter Communications; proposal calls for new publicly traded entity that would be controlled by SoftBank  —  Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son seeks to create media and communications giant controlled by SoftBank, sources say
Heidi N. Moore / Washington Post:
Scaramucci's media tactics reflect the aggressive, personal approach often used by financial firms on reporters  —  When Anthony Scaramucci took over as White House communications director, prompting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer, the initial reaction from Washington journalists was warily optimistic.
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Axios:
Sources: Anthony Scaramucci has told associates he plans to dramatically pare back his interactions with journalists following his comments to The New Yorker  —  Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has told associates he plans to dramatically pare back his interactions …
BuzzFeed:
Sources: Mikhail Lesin, Putin's former media czar who founded Russia Today, was murdered in DC just before a planned meeting with US Justice Department  —  Vladimir Putin's former media czar was murdered in Washington, DC on the eve of a planned meeting with the U.S. Justice Department …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, agrees to acquire a majority stake in The Atlantic, with full ownership possible in the coming years  —  Emerson Collective, the organization founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Katie Couric is ending her Yahoo show and departing Oath, but will work with Oath case-by-case for projects  —  But the longtime TV news star will still work with the company on a project basis.  —  Katie Couric is ending her flagship Web interview show for Yahoo, as well as a range …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Choire Sicha will be the next editor of The New York Times Styles section  —  After a prolonged search, the former Gawker and Awl editor ascends.  —  Choire Sicha will be the next editor of The New York Times Styles section, multiple sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Vanity Fair.
Jamie Merrill / Middle East Eye:
Saudi Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel has acquired up to 50% of parent company of the UK's The Independent; source says investment could be as high as £100M  —  Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel gains ‘significant control’ of the Independent alongside Russian media mogul Evgeny Lebedev
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Confirms John Stankey Will Oversee Time Warner Post-Merger  —  AT&T announced executive changes to prep for its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including confirming that John Stankey will be running a new media organization that includes Time Warner.
Newswise:
Greta Van Susteren is named a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy  —  Education, Government/Law, Internet Trends, Media and Journalism, Technology, Cybersecurity, Local - California, Local - LA Metro  —  Newswise — LOS ANGELES _ July 27 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Information is launching an incubator that will support subscription news startups  —  Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin has already launched her own subscription news company, The Information.  Now, she wants to help others do the same, Axios has learned.
 
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