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4:05 PM ET, August 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Now that Facebook and other platforms have become “digital arms dealers”, Mark Zuckerberg takes a crash course in free speech and propaganda, at a public cost  —  They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price.  —  Let me first state that I actually …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Music Group is buying Uproxx Media Group, which publishes HitFlix, Dime, and; BroBible will not be part of the sale  —  The digital media company publishes brands like entertainment news site HitFlix, sports site Dime and  —  Digital publisher Uproxx Media Group …
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
In response to a question from CNN's Jim Acosta, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders refuses to say “the press is not the enemy of the people”  —  - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to answer a question from CNN's Jim Acosta about whether …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
In July, the White House held three press briefings, totaling 56 minutes altogether, a continuation of a declining trend with five in June, and nine in May  —  July's three briefings, during which the press secretary took questions for a combined 56 minutes, tied a low for any month during the Trump presidency.
Tara Bitran / Variety:
USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Les Moonves from its board of councilors and says it will discuss further action in October
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
The New York Times issues a statement standing by Sarah Jeong, its new editorial board hire, after criticisms arise of her old tweets blasting “white people”  —  The New York Times is facing backlash about its latest hire to its editorial board, Sarah Jeong, after multiple old tweets about …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NY district court judge dismisses lawsuit by Seth Rich's parents against Fox News and also rejects defamation suit by investigator Rod Wheeler against Fox  —  The judge concludes that Joel and Mary Rich are impermissibly dressing up defamation claims against a deceased individual.
The Information:
Sources: Google is developing a news aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws  —  Google is developing a news-aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws, part of a plan to re-enter …
Matthew Iles / Civil:
Civil delays token sale from August 13 to September 18 and announces daily webinars to explain the token sales process as it seeks consumers, not speculators  —  I'm sharing an important update today: The CVL token sale will now begin on Tuesday, September 18.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AMC Networks' Q2 revenue rose to $761.3M for profits of $106M, a 3% YoY growth, thanks to shrinking losses at its international operations  —  AMC Networks said second-quarter profit rose 3% as the owner of cable networks like AMC and IFC narrowed operating losses at its international operations.
Discussion: MediaPost
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vizio launches WatchFree, a free, ad-supported streaming service powered by Pluto TV that offers access to over 100 channels  —  Think there are too many streaming services?  How about one more?  Today, Vizio says it's launching its own streaming service called WatchFree that will be available …
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC OKs apprenticeship program giving established broadcasters waivers on ownership rules if they mentor minority-owned stations; Jessica Rosenworcel objects  —  Pai calls it action, ‘finally’; Rosenworcel calls it too little for too few  —  The FCC has voted to approve, with one strong dissent …
Discussion: Radio & Television … and @fcc
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Sources: Univision chairman Haim Saban is considering stepping down and would like Tribune CEO Peter Kern to replace him
Washington Post:
Activists accuse Facebook of suppressing free speech after it removed an event listing it said was part of a disinformation effort with possible ties to Russia
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TVEyes will ask the Supreme Court to review a case it lost against Fox News in a decision that favored copyright over fair use in sharing of TV clips
Discussion: Plagiarism Today and @eriqgardner
 Earlier Picks: 
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Spotify has removed some episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” for violating policies around hate speech, but the podcast is still available on the service
New York Times:
Sources: Condé Nast plans to put Brides, Golf Digest, and W up for sale after losing $120M in 2017 due to a sharp decline in ad revenue from print
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The emergence of the gun-loving QAnon conspiracy theorists at a Trump rally is dangerous; Trump should stop the anti-media rhetoric at these rallies
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes