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4:00 PM ET, July 3, 2018


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The New York Times says reporter Ali Watkins, whose email and phone records were seized by the US government, will be transferred to a new beat in New York  —  Ali Watkins, the New York Times reporter whose email and phone records were secretly seized by the Trump administration …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook's political ads disclosure algorithm blocks ads for lawn-mowing, waxing salons, Walmart, and more that use the words “bush” and “Clinton”  —  Under rules for the new archive that strives for transparency in politics, all sorts of organizations with names linked …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Some high school newspapers find themselves censored by administrators for writing about school shootings, sexuality, and the reasons for a teacher's dismissal  —  High school educators across the country have been clamping down on students who publish articles on protests, sexuality and other hot-button issues.
Parker Higgins / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation releases open source framework Track The News to help create Twitter bots that can track news subjects across sites  —  Freedom of the Press Foundation is releasing a free software Python program called Track The News, which for several months we've used …
Discussion: @trevortimm
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday  —  NEW DELHI — Five people were killed by a mob in India on Sunday after rumors spread on social media that they were child traffickers …
Marcy Wheeler / emptywheel:
Marcy Wheeler, author of natsec-focused emptywheel blog, says she went to FBI in 2017 about a source she thinks is lying and had role in Russian election attack  —  I'd like to put a human face — my own — to the risk posed by GOP gamesmanship on the Mueller investigation.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources say Verizon spent about $1.2B on the failed go90, including the purchase of OnCue and Vessel, in an effort without clear market research  —  As far as launch parties go, Verizon's September 2015 event for Go90 had it all: a Kanye West concert, a live performance of Funny or Die's …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
In trial against startup Six4Three, Facebook argues it's a publisher with the free speech right to take away data access but also claims Section 230 protection  —  In its defense against a former app startup, Facebook is contradicting its long-held claim to be simply a neutral platform
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Source: BBC Worldwide is in talks with Channel 4 to purchase the 50% of UKTV it doesn't own from Discovery for £500M  —  Broadcaster, 50% controlled by BBC Worldwide, is major source of profit for the BBC  —  The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 tomount a £500m bid to take control of UKTV …
Discussion: FierceCable
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Discussion: @jbrodkin and CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Chinese state media group CMC says it raised $1.49B from Alibaba and Tencent in a deal valuing the company at around $60B  —  SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state-backed media group CMC Inc said on Tuesday it raised around 10 billion yuan ($1.49 billion) in a fundraising round …
Discussion: Variety
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Atlantic Media says it will sell its subsidiary Quartz to Japanese financial intelligence and media firm Uzabase for between $75M and $100M in cash and stock