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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 and the First Amendment's role in their journey
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