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4:20 PM ET, July 20, 2018


 Top News: 
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  —  Federal investigators have an audio recording in which then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen discussed …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ta-Nehisi Coates to leave the Atlantic saying, “I became the public face of the magazine in many ways and I don't really want to be that. I want to be a writer”  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his position as a national correspondent for the Atlantic, a publication where he has emerged …
Discussion: Slate
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”
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
An interview with Matt Rivitz and Nandini Jammi, who run @SleepingGiants, about raising awareness of where online ads run and why they wanted to be anonymous  —  Just after the 2016 election, an anonymously run Twitter account emerged with a plan to choke off advertising dollars to Breitbart News …
Discussion: @miketanier
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Journalists resort to yelling questions at the President when they can because it has been more than a year since he held an open press conference  —  MIAMI - Because the president has not held an open news conference in more than a year, journalists have resorted to shouting questions at him …
Discussion: ABC News, Fortune and The Guardian
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 …
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.
Scott Porch / Fast Company:
How Comcast is moving beyond the set top box as it rolls out its Xfinity X1 interface on smart TVs, starting with betas on Roku TV and some Samsung TVs  —  If you'd like to use the interface on Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box—and you should, it's fantastic—but aren't so sure about the box itself, stay tuned.
Discussion: @rsingel
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.
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
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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: CNET, Fast Company 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
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
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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
Discussion: RAIN News, TuneCore and hypebot
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