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10:10 AM ET, August 1, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has alerted Congress to new coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages, ahead of midterms  —  WASHINGTON — Facebook is preparing to announce that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week and Vox
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
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 …
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 …
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Social media has shifted from a distraction where comedians found success to a political conversation where old jokes can lead to the end of careers  —  How jokes became ammo during the social media platform's shift from distraction to political warzone  —  How do you make a dead baby float? You take your foot off its head.
Discussion: @polygon and @karaswisher
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  —  Driving Baidu's growth is artificial intelligence  —  Baidu Inc.'s BIDU -1.68% revenue reached a record $3.93 billion in the June quarter …
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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
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
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
For the past 19 months, renowned investigative journalist Bob Woodward has been quietly working on a book about Trump, due to be released on September 11
Todd Spangler / Variety:
In 2019 PGA Tour's live-streaming subscription service will move to NBCUniversal from ESPN+ and BAMTech under new three-year deal
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable