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12:55 AM ET, July 31, 2018

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The Wrap:
Les Moonves to remain CEO of CBS while outside counsel investigates accusations of sexual misconduct; board postpones August 10 stockholder meeting  —  Leslie Moonves will remain as CEO of CBS Corporation while accusations of sexual misconduct against the Hollywood kingpin are investigated by outside council.
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Dean Baquet says he doesn't attend off the record meetings to discuss content because he doesn't think officials should be able to tell him what to publish  —  When President Donald Trump broke an off-the-record agreement after he met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Sources: Anna Wintour gave Beyoncé full control over Vogue's September issue cover story, which will feature the first Vogue cover by a black photographer  —  And for the first time ever, a black photographer has shot the cover.  —  Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour gave Beyoncé …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Activist releases 11K+ private WikiLeaks DMs showing antisemitic and transphobic messages and how WikiLeaks would coordinate smear campaigns against rivals  —  Emma Best, a freedom of information activist, has published a large cache of Twitter direct messages between Wikileaks …
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
Newsroom employment: fell 23% overall between 2008 and 2017; down 45% at newspapers; up 79% in digital-native sector, increase doesn't offset newspaper losses  —  Newsroom employment across the United States continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers.
Discussion: @athenae
Variety:
Spotify's global head of creator services Troy Carter to depart in early September; rumors of Carter's exit spread after he resisted “anti-hate” policies  —  Troy Carter will be leaving Spotify, Variety has confirmed.  He will stay on through early September after which he'll assume …
Discussion: The Wrap and Billboard
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Far-right conspiracy theorists reach top of YouTube search results with a smear campaign against celebrities, others as YouTube struggles to curtail false info  —  The video portal has been repeatedly criticized for not curtailing videos of conspiracy theories and false information on its platform.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Twitter finishes its review of proposals for improving the health of discourse on the platform and is working with two academic teams on echo chambers, more  —  Twitter is partnering with two groups of academic researchers to figure out how to measure the health of conversations happening on the platform.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter names Nick Sallon head of its US news content partnerships  —  TJ Adeshola will lead U.S. sports deals; Nick Sallon to lead U.S. news partnerships  —  Twitter has filled some key roles in its reorganized content partnerships group in the U.S. — promoting company insiders instead of outside hires.
Discussion: Adweek, USA Today and @jonsteinberg
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
Vivendi says it will sell up to half of Universal Music Group in the fall amid a boom in revenue from music streaming in the industry and rules out an IPO  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Vivendi is considering selling up to 50 percent of its UMG music division to one or more strategic partners …
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Belgian museums complain about Facebook rejecting ads with paintings of Flemish Masters like Rubens; company says it is reviewing its approach to nudity in art  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure.
 
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Guardian Australia says it has an operating profit of $700K and $65K paying readers, turning it profitable and on sustainable footing five years after launch
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Anna Heyward / Columbia Journalism Review:
As digital news outlets are run more like Hollywood studios, staff are unionizing to ensure uniform employment terms amid turbulence in the industry
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Activision cuts entry fees for teams in its professional Call of Duty League, and will return collected fees, as the esports industry faces financial challenges

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