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2:10 AM ET, July 26, 2018

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Wall Street Journal:
A look at longstanding ties between Michael Cohen and American Media, including talks amid 2016 campaign and $30K paid in late 2015 to an ex-doorman for Trump  —  Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher traded favors over many years; the Omarosa mediation  —  Michael Cohen and the publisher …
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CNN:
CNN obtains tape in which Trump can be heard discussing with Michael Cohen about buying rights to story of Playboy model from American Media
Politico:
On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted about the FCC's ruling on Sinclair-Tribune merger, saying it was “sad and unfair” that the FCC wouldn't approve it
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's share price closed Wednesday at $217.50, a record high, but fell to around $172 after its Q2 earnings call, a market cap drop of roughly $123B  —  Facebook's share price fell over 20 percent in after-hours trading today after the company announced its slowest-ever user growth rate …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Chris Hardwick will return to his AMC talk shows on August 12 following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct  —  AMC said that it conducted a ‘comprehensive assessment’  —  Chris Hardwick will once again host AMC's The Walking Dead after show The Talking Dead …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Twitter CEO addresses claims about some Republican leaders not appearing in search auto-suggestions, points to a thread that offers explanation and vows changes  —  Twitter has hit back against accusations of shadow banning prominent Republicans on Wednesday, with founder and CEO Jack Dorsey insisting …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Don Trump Jr. tweets an old false smear against ABC News' Martha Raddatz as he criticizes her WaPo column on the importance of media coverage of the military  —  In response to ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz's Washington Post op-ed on President Donald Trump hurting …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Herb Scannell, CEO of Latino-focused Mitú, and founder Beatriz Acevedo step down amid layoffs of about a third of the staff  —  Mitú, the digital media company with ambitions to project a Latino point of view across multiple platforms, laid off about one-third of its staff yesterday …
Discussion: Tubefilter and Variety
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: YouTube removed four videos from Alex Jones' channel for hate speech and child endangerment, but counted the takedowns as one strike toward the channel  —  The video site removed four of Jones' videos on Tuesday  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' YouTube channel received a strike …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Viacom is in advanced talks with Comcast about acquiring Awesomeness TV, for less than half of its $650M valuation in 2016  —  - Youth-media brand is owned by Comcast, Verizon and Hearst  — Viacom seeking to recapture viewers who fled MTV, Nickelodeon
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu signs exclusive deal with Apple, making premiere episode of original series “Castle Rock” available for free on Apple TV in the US, no Hulu sub required  —  The premiere episode of “Castle Rock,” the Stephen King-inspired original series from J.J. Abrams …
Discussion: /Film
Sydney Morning Herald:
Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media announce AU$4B merger to happen by end of 2018; Nine CEO to run the combined company which will be called Nine  —  Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment have announced plans to merge by the end of 2018 in a deal they say will create Australia's largest …
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey says she will not apologize for satirical video of her “interviewing” Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Daily Wire
 
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Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said the network would not dilute its brand in favor of increasing output under new parent company AT&T
Dan Kennedy / WGBH:
Boston Globe owner John Henry has no plans to sell the newspaper, says it now has 94.7K digital subs but “cannot ever seem to meet budgets”
Politico:
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