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7:25 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Variety, Business Insider, /Film and YouTube
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.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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