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3:25 PM ET, July 12, 2018


 Top News: 
Tim Mak / NPR:
NPR analyzes how 48 Russia-linked Twitter accounts posed as local news sites, posting real local news for years and exploiting Americans' trust in local news  —  Russia's information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: holding company owned by Bustle and Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg wins Gawker in bankruptcy auction, beating Didit Inc; opening bid was $1.13M  —  Holding company owned by the founder of Bleacher Report and Bustle has been picked as the successful bidder for Gawker
Ryan Holiday / The New York Observer:
As the Gawker domain and archives go up for auction on Thursday, a look at the ins and outs of the auction and the site's potential future  —  On Thursday, July 12, a locker containing the bones of—killed in action, as it were, for its publication of a fully nude sextape …
Discussion: Ad Age and @lalpert1
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC voted 3-1 to begin the process of easing rules on the amount and type of children's programming required from broadcasters  —  Lone Dem calls it ‘cruel disregard’ for kids  —  A politically divided FCC has voted 3-1 to launch a revamp of its children's television rules.
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
FCC voted to approve controversial changes on how it handles consumer complaints, which some say will further weaken an already weak process  —  The FCC knows that Americans hate telecoms, and it's doing everything it can to give us reason to hate them more.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
At Facebook event touting its work to combat misinformation, company defends maintaining InfoWars page by saying fake news doesn't violate Community Standards  —  Parents of Sandy Hook victims sue Alex Jones  —  Facebook officials struggled on Wednesday to explain why it permits InfoWars …
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Dan Rather, who found a large Facebook audience and appeared on digital newscasts for The Young Turks and Mark Cuban after leaving CBS in 2006  —  Editor's note: This is the second interview in an occasional series of journalists on journalism.  Read the first, with Seymour Hersh.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Next week, YouTube will roll out Copyright Match, which scans uploaded videos and notifies original creators with 100K+ subscribers if a video is a copy  —  YouTube is releasing a tool for creators that checks to see if their videos are being stolen.  Now, every time a video is uploaded to YouTube …
UK government clears a proposed deal for 21st Century Fox to buy Sky if it sells Sky News  —  The UK government has cleared a proposed deal for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to buy Sky.  —  The British broadcaster has been the subject of a fierce bidding war between Fox and US cable giant Comcast.
Discussion: Reuters and BloombergQuint
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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
Discussion: The Wrap
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