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5:35 PM ET, July 31, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Scaramucci interview gives The New Yorker's website a huge traffic bump, with 4.4M unique visitors; subscriptions also up 92% over daily July average  —  Anthony Scaramucci's shocking interview with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza has been a profanity-wrapped gift to Condé Nast.
James Hibberd /
Hackers breach HBO's network and leak future episodes of Room 104 and Ballers, plus a script allegedly from next week's Game of Thrones episode  —  HBO chairman: ‘Disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us’  —  HBO has joined the ranks of Hollywood entertainment companies to suffer a major cyber attack.
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Discovery buys Scripps for $11.9B, in a 70% cash and 30% stock deal, and assumes $2.7B in Scripps' debt, to increase negotiating leverage with pay TV operators  —  The company behind Shark Week just caught a whale: Discovery Communications has agreed to pay $11.9 billion in stock and cash …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers like Business Insider and Cheddar have begun repackaging video ads as content, blurring the line between sponsored and editorial posts  —  Footage often comes from TV commercials or other promotional marketing materials  —  As online publishers scramble to feed video-hungry platforms …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Spotify passes 60M paying customers, adding over 20M so far in 2017, as sources say it plans for IPO on NYSE later this year  —  Unconventional public debut of music streaming service based on subscription success  —  Read next … Spotify has reached 60m paying customers …
Beth Rigby / Sky News:
FT journalists may strike over gender pay gap, as female staffers earn 13% less than males; paper's union says senior managers not taking issue seriously enough  —  Financial Times' journalists could strike over the gender pay gap at the newspaper amid fury that female journalists are being paid 13% less than male colleagues.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Post-Gawker, fear is causing news outlets to self-censor and turn down stories, like one on R. Kelly that came from months-long probe but was rejected by 3 orgs  —  Call it the Gawker Effect.  —  After Jim DeRogatis, the veteran Chicago rock critic, reported for months on a stunning story …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
In Q&A, Splinter's Editor-in-Chief Dodai Stewart says the site is not the new Gawker and its entire purpose is to include underrepresented voices  —  Despite its edgy media criticism, its dishy stories and its pledge to publish journalism that “get(s) under your skin,” Splinter is not the new Gawker.
Discussion: @lwmunoz and @mlcalderone
James Warren / Vanity Fair:
How the rivalry between The New York Times and The Washington Post has evolved in the Trump era, when some question basic notions of authority and fact  —  Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships.
Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
Putin signs law banning services like VPNs that are used to access censored sites; the law takes effect from November 1  —  An app to get around firewalls  —  Russia is cracking down on software that allows users to view internet sites banned by the government.
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
RJI survey: Economist most trusted, Occupy Democrats least trusted new sources; 70% of respondents say they provide financial support for at least one news org
Kelsey Sutton / Mic:
Current and former MSNBC employees say surging prime-time ratings in the age of Trump has complicated Andrew Lack's centrist vision for the channel
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Ksenija Pavlovic, the journalist who defiantly streamed audio of a White House press briefing, drew on her experience growing up under a dictatorship
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The San Diego Union-Tribune partners with GoFundMe to launch crowdfunding campaigns for the subjects of its articles
Discussion: @melissagira
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Q&A with the 98-year-old science editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, David Perlman, who's retiring after nearly seven decades at the newspaper
Katherine Goldstein / Nieman Reports:
To attract and retain millennial journalists, newsrooms must better meet the needs of parents with young kids and create better work-life balance for everyone