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10:10 AM ET, July 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news  —  The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.  —  Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes …
Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments  —  She was tapped to oversee the division in 2013 and has delivered hits including ‘13 Reasons Why’ and ‘The Alienist.’  —  Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched Paramount Television banner, Amy Powell is out.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Profile of Tow Center's Jonathan Albright, whose research has helped break some of the biggest stories about misinformation and how it moves across the web  —  Buried in media scholar Jonathan Albright's research was proof of a massive political misinformation campaign.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
The New York Post launches an entertainment division focused on scripted and unscripted TV to expand TV reach beyond syndicated daytime space  —  The New York Post has launched a new entertainment division focused on scripted and unscripted television.  —  Veteran TV producer Troy Searer …
Discussion: MediaPost
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Court filings and interviews provide a timeline for the deterioration of Les Moonves's and Shari Redstone's relationship and reveal that neither wants a merger  —  When CBS filed suit to strip Shari E. Redstone of her voting control of the company in May, no one purported to be more surprised — and hurt — than Ms. Redstone herself.
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Report: Reed Hastings is writing a book about Netflix, his leadership strategy, and the company's culture, which will be published by Penguin Press in 2019  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings prides himself on making as few decisions as possible at the streaming-video service he founded.
Dave McNary / Variety:
AMC and Facebook are rolling out a way for users to buy tickets directly from AMC on the platform  —  AMC Theatres is teaming with Facebook to allow users to buy tickets to any AMC showtime in the United States directly on the social media platform.  —  The two companies said Thursday …
Josephine Livingstone / New Republic:
A Money Diaries column on Refinery29 resurfaced an open secret about women's lifestyle outlets: some run ad agencies disguised as feminist publishing projects  —  This week Refinery29, a lifestyle website for women, came crashing into the public consciousness via an unpleasant installment of its “Money Diaries” column.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Editors re-examine how they covered 2016's email leaks and whether they have regrets after DOJ indictment: “You do have to think about who benefits”  —  When the Justice Department this past Friday announced its indictment against 12 Russians for allegedly hacking …
Monica Mercuri / Billboard:
Indie music distributor TuneCore adds ability for musicians to send songs to Facebook for use across Facebook platforms, receiving earnings in TuneCore accounts  —  Independent digital music distributor TuneCore announced Wednesday (July 18) it will begin allowing users to monetize on Facebook and Instagram.
Discussion: TuneCore, RAIN News and hypebot
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC says Sinclair may have engaged in “misrepresentation or lack of candor” in Tribune deal, sends case to court hearing that will delay and may sink the deal
Rep. Devin Nunes, who operates his own partisan news outlet, is running an ad campaign saying McClatchy's Fresno Bee is publishing fake news about him
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Discovery extends CEO David Zaslav's contract through 2023
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Jacob Weindling / Paste Magazine:
In a Twitter thread, a journalist shares ICE tactics for blocking press access like narrowly restricting times for interviews, withholding document info, more
Comcast announces it doesn't plan to pursue acquisition of 21st Century Fox and will focus on its Sky bid instead
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Chance the Rapper announces in a new song that he has bought the assets of Chicagoist from public radio station WNYC
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In a sign of solidarity at a WH press briefing, one reporter gave his time for a question to another who had been cut off while asking about Trump's credibility
Discussion: The Atlantic
Court filing: DOJ has proposed an expedited schedule for its appeal of the ruling allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, seeking briefs by Oct. 18