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3:55 PM ET, July 21, 2018


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Washington Post:
Sources: in FBI-seized audio recording, Trump and Cohen discuss possible payment to National Enquirer parent AMI after media company paid Karen McDougal $150K  —  Two months before the 2016 election, longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly taped a conversation …
Thomas Curwen / Los Angeles Times:
Remembering the eccentric Times Mirror Square as the Los Angeles Times moves out of its longtime downtown headquarters  —  The headlines from Washington — Nixon and the Watergate hearings — seemed far away as guests strolled through the new corporate headquarters for Times Mirror Co.
Discussion: Poynter and @mattdpearce
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Alibaba, Tencent, and CMC are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B  —  Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, the two biggest names in China's technology industry, are in talks to buy a stake in the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) Chinese operations of WPP Group.
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.
Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
As LA Times moves to new offices, the owner Patrick Soon-Shiong talks about his plans for the paper, competition with NYT and WaPo, and why he moved into media  —  Patrick Soon-Shiong despises clickbait and says the future belongs to quality journalism.  Will his gamble pay off?
Discussion: @palewire
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty may have acted in violation of laws protecting Americans from domestic propaganda by buying Facebook ads targeted at US users  —  A broadcasting organization backed by the federal government has used Facebook to target ads at United States citizens …
Discussion: @jeffgiesea and
Pew Research Center:
Study shows 58% of Americans often get news on a mobile device, nearly triple the 21% who did so in 2013, outpacing desktops and laptops  —  Mobile devices have become one of the most common ways Americans get news, outpacing desktop or laptop computers.  Roughly six-in-ten U.S. adults …
Discussion: NBC News
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Q&A with NYT tech reporter David Streitfeld on staying away from Twitter and Facebook, covering Amazon, and raising a child in a largely tech-free home  —  How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives?  David Streitfeld, a technology reporter …
Discussion: @ronlieber
Abdi Latif Dahir / Quartz:
As more African governments restrict internet access, activists push back by calling them out, educating users on workarounds, and even hacking government sites  —  First, it was “gossip” that supposedly pushed Uganda's government to introduce a tax on social media use.
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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
Discussion: Fast Company, CNET and Variety
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Court filings and interviews provide a timeline for the deterioration of Les Moonves' and Shari Redstone's relationship and reveal that neither wants a merger
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”
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
Discussion: Digiday and Tubefilter