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3:50 PM ET, August 2, 2017


 Top News: 
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Politico published full transcript of WSJ's interview with Trump, after paper only ran excerpts; transcript shows friendly chat between Trumps, WSJ EIC Baker  —  The Wall Street Journal got a sit-down interview with the President of the United States on July 25 as he was engaged in a war …
Vicky Ward / HuffPost:
Fired White House comms chief Anthony Scaramucci speaks out about his rant to The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, claims “spirit” of the chat was off the record  —  Anthony Scaramucci tells HuffPost about the highs and lows of his fiery stint at the White House and what that cuss-filled rant was really about.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO's security contractor says hackers stole “thousands of internal documents” in addition to episodes and have leaked personal info of a senior HBO executive  —  The HBO hack may have been worse than the initial leaks of a few unaired TV show episodes suggested.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
Trump has launched a news program, hosted by his daughter-in-law Lara and streamed via his Facebook page, promising “REAL news”  —  In one video, Lara Trump said she'd be back every week to provide updates on the president's accomplishments.  —  After months of denigrating …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Podcast network Gimlet Media raises $15M round led by Stripes Group, sources say at $70M post-money valuation and company to generate ~$15M revenue this year  —  Podcasts are popular, but the podcast industry is tiny.  Here's a bet it will grow.  —  You are used to reading …
Dolia Estevez / Forbes:
SEC filing: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim sold $10M worth of shares in the New York Times, a day after the paper posted Q2 earnings  —  Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú sold $10 million worth of shares in the New York Times, according to a report filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: The New York Observer
ABC News:
Coalition of journalism organizations launch US Press Freedom Tracker with donation from Rep. Greg Gianforte who body-slammed a reporter  —  A coalition of press freedom advocates launched the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker on Wednesday, a first-of-its-kind database that will document affronts to press freedom in the United States.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Financial Times union members unanimously vote to strike if necessary in order to urge the news outlet to fix pay inequities  —  Journalists at the Financial Times have unanimously backed a union motion calling on management to “put its money where its mouth is” and fix the gender pay gap at the paper.
Discussion: Ad Age
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo! Finance:
Inside the death of Sporting News, America's oldest sports publication, as UK owner Perform Media turns it into a marketing vehicle  —  Perform Group, a British media firm owned by Soviet-born billionaire  —  Len Blavatnik, took full ownership of Sporting News, the oldest sports publication in America.
Discussion: @iamjoonlee
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
James Comey gets a book deal with Flatiron Books, with sources estimating price at $2.5M; the untitled book on leadership is planned for release in spring 2018  —  Former FBI Director's book sold to Macmillan's Flatiron Books for roughly $2.5 million  —  Former FBI Director James Comey's …
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Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
PayPal, GoFundMe, Patreon have suspended the accounts of a number of alt-right bloggers and personalities, causing a backlash and accusations of political bias
Jessie Tseng / AAJA Voices:
AAJA: America's newsrooms on track to miss ASNE's new 2025 workforce diversity deadline; minorities to make up 39% of US, but only 17% of newsroom workforce
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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
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
Washington Post:
How Facebook unevenly silences posts about discrimination, censoring important conversations, while often allowing blatantly racist content to remain
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