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11:55 PM ET, August 1, 2017


 Top News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Lawsuit: Fox News pundit Rod Wheeler claims the network worked with a wealthy Trump supporter and the White House to create a fake story about Seth Rich's death  —  The Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump worked in concert under the watchful eye of the White House …
Paul Farhi / @farhip:
Fox News President Jay Wallace: lawsuit claim that Fox posted Seth Rich story to “detract” from Russia stories is erroneous, and Fox denies discrimination claim  —  Statement from @foxnews news president Jay Wallace on Rod Wheeler lawsuit
Media Matters for America:
How Circa, Hannity, and other right-leaning media pushed claim that Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting was a “setup”, after Trump's lawyers proposed the idea  —  Trump's legal team suggested giving Trump Jr. meeting details to Circa, spinning meeting as “setup” by Democrats
YouTube Blog:
YouTube details additional steps to tackle terrorist content, including machine learning-based detection, consultation with wider panel of experts, more  —  A little over a month ago, we told you about the four new steps we're taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube …
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.
New York Times:
Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director
Jimmy Wales Foundation:
Sources: Bassel Khartabil, the head of Creative Commons in Syria who had been imprisoned since 2012, was executed shortly after he disappeared in 2015  —  Troubling news coming out of Syria about the death of Bassel Khartabil, the Wikipedian and Head of Creative Common in Syria, who has been imprisoned in Syria since March 15, 2012.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo files FOIA lawsuit for FBI files on Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after first seeking the records May 18  —  This morning, Gizmodo filed a lawsuit against the FBI seeking access to any files it holds on Roger Ailes, the one-time chief executive of Fox News.
Discussion: @tomdreisbach and Axios
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Sources: Snap has asked top US college newspapers to make campus editions for Snapchat Discover section, will share ad revenue with school or publication  —  Snapchat is going back to college.  —  The company has asked college newspapers to produce local campus editions for its Discover section …
Discussion: The Verge
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: SoundCloud to sell stakes to Raine Group, a boutique bank, and Temasek, Singapore's state investment firm, by end of this week  —  SoundCloud Ltd. is close to selling stakes to the Raine Group and Temasek Holdings, deals that would help stabilize the owner of the popular music-streaming service …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Billboard
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Amazon outbids Sky for UK rights to tennis' ATP World Tour in a deal thought to be worth £10M/year; it's Amazon's first major live TV sports deal outside the US  —  Amazon Prime streaming service will now show nearly all elite men's tennis events except the four grand slams
Discussion: Engadget
Washington Post:
How Facebook unevenly silences posts about discrimination, censoring important conversations, while often allowing blatantly racist content to remain  —  Francie Latour was picking out produce in a suburban Boston grocery store when a white man leaned toward her two young sons and …
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
BrexitCentral, a new site where five of seven staffers worked for Vote Leave, gains Parliament gallery access, which is unusual for a new partisan outlet  —  How to turn a campaign into a journalistic outlet approved by parliament.  —  A pro-Brexit website run by former Vote Leave campaigners …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK newspaper group Trinity Mirror's half-year revenue down £55M to £320M, as print advertising drops 27% and digital income rises 4.3% to £41.4M  —  Trinity Mirror is looking to find a further £5m in annual cost savings after reporting a £55m decline in revenue …
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