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4:30 PM ET, July 19, 2018


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Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Chance the Rapper announces in a new song that he has bought the assets of Chicagoist from public radio station WNYC  —  Chance the Rapper may not be dropping his album this week, but he did drop four new tracks at midnight... and we're here to talk about one of them, “I Might Need Security.”
Comcast announces it doesn't plan to pursue acquisition of 21st Century Fox and will focus on its Sky bid instead  —  Comcast says in a statement, “Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the Twenty-First Century Fox assets and, instead, will focus on our recommended offer for Sky,” Bloomberg News reports.
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  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC asserts that there are “material questions” of whether Sinclair engaged in …
Spotify has launched a feature that will allow artists and labels to submit unreleased music for playlist consideration of editors  —  Spotify on Wednesday announced a new feature designed to make it easier for artists and labels to submit unreleased music to the Spotify editorial team for playlist consideration.
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Guardian Media Group says it has raised about $130M in reader revenue, reduced its losses by two-thirds in 2017, and increased revenue 1% YoY to 282M  —  Those annoying yellow banner ads on The Guardian's website suggesting readers dig deep for journalism have worked.
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  —  I honestly don't know how you can read this first-hand report from journalist Molly Crabapple and think that abolishing ICE is a radical position.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
Despite repeated requests, Spotify does not let users block followers to deal with harassers and says a block feature is not in its current road map  —  When Meghan, a 26-year-old bookseller in Boston, left her boyfriend after months of emotional abuse, she made every effort to cut him out of her life.
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  —  It was a subtle exchange, about 20 minutes into yet another clamorous White House press briefing, and a casual viewer …
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  —  On the subtle horror of Refinery29.  —  This week Refinery29, a lifestyle website for women, came crashing into the public consciousness via …
Phil Owen / The Wrap:
DC Universe streaming service will cost $74.99 a year or $7.99 a month; only yearly subscriptions will be available for preorder  —  On the first night of the San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. finally unveiled the detail regarding its upcoming DC Universe service that makes it truly feel …
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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  —  The California GOP congressman says his local paper is working with ‘radical left-wing groups.’  —  LOS ANGELES — Devin Nunes is sitting …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Discovery extends CEO David Zaslav's contract through 2023  —  Discovery has extended Chief Executive David Zaslav's stock-rich employment contact for five years, keeping him at the helm of the New York-based television company through December 2023.  —  The company, in a statement …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
BuzzFeed VP Michelle Kempner, once publisher of the company's Motion Pictures group, is leaving to join Facebook's product marketing team  —  Kempner was promoted as publisher of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures in 2015 but a reorganization earlier this year largely dissolved the entertainment group.
Discussion: Variety
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his comments about Holocaust deniers on Facebook: “I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that”  —  The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust denying.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it has begun removing misinformation that contributes to violence on its site, will review text and images in partnership with local organizations
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Senators testify that newsprint tariffs will hurt US paper industry by shrinking its customer base, say the tariffs conflict with First Amendment
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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
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said he expected the company to still be independent in a year's time
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