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3:10 PM 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 …
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: The Wrap, New York Times and TV Tattle
Itay Hod / The Wrap:
Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen ask USC Annenberg to temporarily drop their names from center named after them, pending CBS investigation  —  Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen have asked USC Annenberg's Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center to “temporarily suspend” …
Discussion: TV Tattle and PennLive
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost and VentureBeat
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.
The New York Times Company:
Journalist and The Verge writer Sarah Jeong will be joining The New York Times Editorial Board as lead writer on technology from September  —  Sarah Jeong is joining The New York Times editorial board.  Read more in this note from James Bennet, Katie Kingsbury and Jim Dao:
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes  —  Nicole Kidman is in talks to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in “Fair and Balanced,” Annapurna's upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN will broadcast the final series of Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in the fall  —  Nearly eight weeks have passed since CNN broke the news on the morning of June 8 that Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in France while filming his hit series “Parts Unknown.”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As internet conspiracy theorists move to real-world messaging, Trump and allies keep fanning anti-media rhetoric, which needs to stop  —  Hostility toward the media at Donald Trump's rallies is nothing new.  It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.
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 …
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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
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
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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: MediaPost and The Wrap
Max A. Cherney / MarketWatch:
Pandora beats with $384.8M in Q2 revenue, up from $378.8M YoY, a net loss of $92M, down from $289.7M YoY, reports ~6M subs to Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium
Discussion: Reuters and Business Wire
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has alerted Congress to new coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages, ahead of midterms