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12:05 PM ET, August 1, 2018

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources and leaked docs: Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and filter search results  —  Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
The family of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner say they are unable to visit his grave due to harassment from Infowars fans  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — In the five years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., death threats and online harassment have forced his parents …
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Jon Herskovitz / Reuters:
Lawyers for Alex Jones due to ask Texas court to dismiss defamation lawsuit against him from Sandy Hook families on free speech grounds  —  AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones were due to ask a Texas court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit …
Discussion: Mediaite
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Apple has sold 300M+ subscriptions in the last year, across Music, digital magazines, mobile games, and video apps  —  Apple's subscription business is already big but it's about to get even bigger.  —  Apple has sold more than 300 million subscriptions to its own and others' apps …
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
During earnings call, Apple's Tim Cook says the new TV execs the company hired last year are working on a secret project but wouldn't share details  —  Apple's definitely working on something when it come to TV — but it's still not ready to tell us about it.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: in June, Shari Redstone sent a letter to CBS requesting an independent investigation into allegations against Moonves and CBS upper management  —  As sexual misconduct claims threaten to bring down the CBS CEO, industry insiders take sides and The Hollywood Reporter reveals a board letter …
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Deadline:
Filing in NAI suit accuses CBS CEO Les Moonves and others of destroying evidence by using TigerText messaging; CBS says execs followed security team's advice  —  Less than 24 hours after the CBS Board of Directors let Les Moonves stay in his job despite sexual misconduct allegations …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says it's working with news organizations, including ProPublica, to surface data from data journalism projects in search results  —  Google today announced that it is working with a number of news organizations to surface more data from their data journalism projects in its search results.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The New York Times names Clifford Levy as metropolitan editor, succeeding Susan Chira, who filled in when Wendell Jamieson resigned after probe into misconduct  —  The New York Times said on Tuesday that Clifford J. Levy, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a leader …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
After Billboard CEO John Amato was forced to resign, staff members say concerns remain about culture; parent company Valence says it's trying to fix issues  —  During a recent lunch hour, staff members of the music trade publication Billboard were summoned to a conference room in the magazine's Midtown Manhattan office.
Discussion: @sisario
Max Willens / Digiday:
Online publishers are adopting Nielsen's digital ratings system as advertisers know the brand; no one leads digital audience measurement like Nielsen does TV  —  Pete Spande said ad agencies seem to be looking at him differently these days.  —  In the past two weeks, the chief revenue officer …
 
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Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal:
Baidu's video streaming service iQiyi says its Q2 loss more than doubled to ~$316.9M on ~$932.5M revenue and reported 66.2M paid subscribers as of June 30
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Sources: three top executives leaving National Geographic Partners, the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and National Geographic Society, due to a reorg
Discussion: The Wrap
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Reuters:
Two Russian journalists and one Ukrainian journalist were killed in the Central African Republic by unidentified assailants, local officials say
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy Q2 earnings signal continued tough times for newspapers: loss of $20.4M on revenue of $204M, ad revenue falls to $107M from $125M last year
Discussion: McClatchy and Nieman Lab
Paul Demko / Politico:
How Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin went from being the owners of alternative weeklies to the creators of Backpage.com and the First Amendment's role in their journey
Vulture:
truTV orders an unscripted weekly series from New York Magazine's Vulture website, a comedic awards show that “honors the week in pop culture”
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has alerted Congress to new coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages, ahead of midterms