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1:25 AM ET, July 30, 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 …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Apple removes all major VPN apps from the App Store in China; the apps allowed users to bypass China's internet censorship  —  The Chinese government's crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome …
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 …
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 …
John Leland / New York Times:
Profile of gossip columnist Liz Smith, now 94, whose faded power reflects the waning of tabloids  —  She was the most powerful gossip columnist in the 1980s.  A tabloid celebrity herself, she could turn anyone into a star overnight.  Until she couldn't.  —  Liz Smith, who is 94 and recovering …
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Alex French / New York Times:
How The Lego Movie spawned a trend toward non-narrative movies aimed at existing fan bases, like The Emoji Movie and a potential Fruit Ninja movie  —  Hollywood is aggressively adapting material that doesn't have a narrative or even any characters.  But not all intellectual property is created equal.
Newswise:
Greta Van Susteren is named a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy  —  — LOS ANGELES _ July 27, 2017 _ The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy announced today that Greta Van Susteren will join the center as a non-resident senior fellow, beginning in the fall.
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.
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.
 
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Economist/YouGov Poll shows a third of US public is willing to have courts fine news outlets for bias or error; 45% of Republicans approve of closing outlets
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt is likely to get her own two-hour show on Sunday evenings
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