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10:10 PM ET, July 11, 2018

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Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Twitter says over the next week it will adjust users' follower counts to no longer include locked accounts, dropping Twitter's combined follower count by ~6%  —  Perhaps a healthier Twitter is one with smaller follower counts—even if that comes as a blow to your ego.  That's what the company is hoping, anyway.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will roll out news shows for Facebook Watch from July 16, with the lineup including shows from CNN, Fox News, Quartz, Bloomberg, Univision, ATTN:, Mic  —  Facebook will launch a slate of video shows on its video platform, Watch, on July 16.  —  Why it matters: The tech giant …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Writing in the BBC's annual report, the corporation's Chairman David Clementi says British content faces a threat from the “west coast of America”  —  The U.K. public broadcaster in its annual report says BBC Worldwide, which after the end of the fiscal year was merged with its production arm …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:   BBC's annual report reveals that just two of the corporation's top 20 highest paid stars are female, despite efforts to address gender pay gap
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV went down during a crucial World Cup match, the second such outage since it went down during an NBA game in May  —  YouTube TV, Google's internet-delivered subscription TV service, was hit with nationwide outages — right in the middle of the 2018 World Cup semifinal match between England and Croatia.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are in negotiations over material for a follow-up “Game Change” book and TV-mini series, most of which Halperin holds  —  Until their split last year, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were the golden boys of American political journalism.
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Washington Post:
UK watchdog gives Facebook a preliminary fine of about $664,000, the maximum allowed, for letting Cambridge Analytica access data about millions of people
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Sinclair to launch STIRR, a new streaming VOD app, which would include a 24/7 news channel, TV shows, movies, and sports, by year-end  —  The local TV giant expects to release the streaming app this year, according to sources familiar with the project.
Discussion: The Hill, FierceCable and @amy_siskind
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
The Weinstein Co. lays off over 20 employees of a remaining staff of 70 two days before it plans to close its $289M bankruptcy sale to Lantern Capital  —  The Weinstein Co. is laying off more than 20 employees on Wednesday, two days before it closes its $289 million bankruptcy sale to Lantern Capital.
Discussion: The Wrap
Reuters:
Sources: Apollo Global Management has approached Nexstar, which owns TV stations that reach nearly 40% of US households, to express interest in acquiring it  —  (Reuters) - Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) has approached Nexstar Media Group Inc (NXST.O) …
Stefanie Fogel / Variety:
Blizzard Entertainment announces exclusive multi-year agreement for live TV coverage of its professional esports league for Overwatch with ESPN and Disney  —  The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney …
Discussion: CNBC
 
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