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2:40 AM ET, July 4, 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 …
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.
Stephen Carlisle / Nova Southeastern University:
A VA district court ruling that commercial use of a photo found on the internet was fair use ignored key provisions of the Copyright Act and disregarded facts  —  On June 11, 2018, another head scratching decision came out of the Eastern District of Virginia, one that has the potential …
Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble fires CEO Demos Parneros for allegedly violating policies, says the action was unrelated to financial reporting  —  - Book and gift seller declines to say why he'd been terminated  — High-level executives at a slew of companies have been ousted
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
On Tuesday, Wikipedia Italy set all of its pages to redirect to a statement protesting a July 5 EU Parliament initial vote on changes to copyright law  —  Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union's copyright laws that critics …
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 …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Sources say Google's delay in joining a consortium of ad tech companies has complicated its members' GDPR compliance efforts  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google's delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members' push to comply with a new European privacy law …
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
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.
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Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
WaPo's open shop union, lacking leverage, encourages members to accept insulting terms of new two-year contract, like $15/week raises, cuts in overtime payments
Chinese state media group CMC says it raised $1.49B from Alibaba and Tencent in a deal valuing the company at around $60B
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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
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