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4:00 PM ET, July 10, 2018

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Taylor Kate Brown / BBC:
A look at how the loss of local newspapers, combined with dwindling regional coverage, is affecting American cities like Boulder and Denver  —  In the past decade, hundreds of local US newspapers have closed or merged.  What happens to the communities they leave behind?
Discussion: The Rural Blog
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Excerpts from AT&T executive John Stankey's talk with HBO staff: “I want to see more investment in product and platform”  —  John Stankey had a lot to tell Richard Plepler and his team last month.  You can read (almost) all of it here.  —  Did the AT&T executive in charge …
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Megh Wright / Vulture:
For a few hours, the Washington Post cited satire site Clickhole as a reputable source in a story on UK effort to push “American Idiot” to top of music charts  —  You may have heard the news that Brits are trolling Donald Trump ahead of his visit with Prime Minister Theresa …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Philo, a low-cost live-streaming TV service, has raised $40M Series C led by existing investors AMC Networks, Discovery, and Viacom  —  Internet TV provider launches service on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV  —  Philo has nabbed more dough: The low-cost live-streaming TV “skinny bundle” …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Business Insider removed a post about portrayals of trans individuals in Hollywood following staff complaints, said article did not meet its standards  —  Business Insider removed a post about portrayals of trans individuals in Hollywood after staff complained internally about the column …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
YouTube says it will invest $25M in grants to news organizations looking to expand video operations as part of Google's larger $300M Google News Initiative  —  FOLLOWING A YEAR in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland …
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YouTube Blog:
YouTube overhauls how it handles breaking news, adding previews of articles from credible sources, showing info from third parties, testing local news in TV app
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:   YouTube taps six popular YouTubers to teach teens about false news and is creating a group of news advisers including Vox Media, Brazil's Jovem Pan, India Today
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Reese Witherspoon's production company Hello Sunshine partners with AT&T to launch subscription channel on DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-Verse  —  Hello Sunshine, the actress/producer's production company, will have two unscripted series available on AT&T's DirecTV — for a monthly fee for current subscribers.
Discussion: The Guardian and @melsil
Rachel Dicker / Mediaite:
NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell deletes tweet saying Justice Anthony Kennedy had negotiated with Trump on his replacement, admits she had little evidence  —  NBC Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell tweeted — then deleted — a claim about Justice Anthony Kennedy and President Donald Trump that got her in some hot water with the right.
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Google expands use of machine learning for advertisers by launching Responsive search ads, Maximize lift for YouTube, and more  —  The ways people get things done are constantly changing, from finding the closest coffee shop to organizing family photos.  Earlier this year …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
A reporter hired to cover local politics, as part of BBC's “Local Democracy” partnership with regional papers, was fired after complaint from local politician  —  A Local Democracy Reporter has been dismissed one month after being given the role in North Yorkshire following …
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Billboard's latest record-breaking chart numbers reveal the challenges it faces in figuring out a streaming equivalent to an album purchase or a song download  —  Drake and Kanye West — two reigning kings of pop music — both flooded the American consciousness with music this summer in strikingly different manners.
Discussion: @micahsingleton and New York Times
New York Times:
The New York Times says its 55 newsletters now have over 14M subscribers collectively  —  Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.  —  Chris Stanford likes to think of himself as a “news concierge.”
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Newsletter startup Substack now has 11K paying subscribers, with revenue split between 10 medium-sized publications  —  On average, they're paying just under $80 per year.  About 40 or so indie publishers with paid offerings are making what Substack calls “meaningful money.”
 
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Matthew Ball / @MediaREDEF:
Netflix's content spend is not reckless, its strategy to accrete paid users' leisure time gives it an edge over free content platforms like Facebook, YouTube
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LAT Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine names leadership team: Scott Kraft, Kris Viesselman, and Kimi Yoshino, who was suspended briefly under Lewis D'Vorkin
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
NYT's Dean Baquet acknowledges that four stories in six days on Alan Dershowitz being “shunned” was too much: “We should have coordinated better and done fewer”
Antoni Slodkowski / Reuters:
Myanmar court charges two jailed Reuters journalists for violating the Official Secret Act, moving case into trial stage after 6 months of preliminary hearings
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters