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5:50 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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Current and former SoundCloud employees describe the factors leading to its decline, including its attempt to compete head-on with music streaming giants  —  SoundCloud was once a platform beloved by listeners and creators, whose leaders hoped to revolutionize the music industry.
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.
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 …
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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Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of CNN's Chris Cillizza, who is relentlessly popular with mainstream audiences but disdained by many reporters for his simplistic political takes  —  Chris Cillizza might be the only person in America who can have goofy fun talking about Trumpcare, Russian election interference, and the emoluments clause.
 
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Greta Van Susteren is named a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
Andy Grundberg / New York Times:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Choire Sicha will be the next editor of The New York Times Styles section
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt is likely to get her own two-hour show on Sunday evenings