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6:30 AM ET, July 3, 2019


 Top News: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of news media employment between January and June 2019: thousands laid off or offered buyouts; the industry is on course for its worst year since 2009  —  Between January and May this year, approximately 3,000 people working in the news industry were laid off or offered a buyout.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Sources: WPP to stop participating in Accenture-supervised ad pitches starting in 2020, as WPP says Accenture could use the data to undercut its pitch price  —  A spat between WPP and Accenture is turning ugly.  The agency group is refusing to share its media data with Accenture for a media audit …
Discussion: @tinafegent and @digiday
Travis Yeh / Facebook:
Facebook updates News Feed ranking algorithm to reduce the distribution of sensational health claims or promotion of products with health-related claims  —  People come together on Facebook to talk about, advocate for, and connect around things like nutrition, fitness and health issues.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Talk shows have struggled on Netflix, which has canceled three so far, because the format is based on timeliness and on creating a habit in viewers  —  Netflix upended the entertainment business by successfully moving into nearly every genre — scripted dramas, comedies, stand-up specials …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Study finds gains in Trump's standing in polls in 2016 closely correlated with high levels of social media activity by the Internet Research Agency  —  The study does not prove Russian interference swung the election to Trump.  But it did find Trump's poll numbers improved when Russian trolls were active.
Discussion:, CNN, Boing Boing and Reason
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
A look at the measures WSJ has implemented to fight deepfakes, including forming a 21-person team for detecting them and holding training sessions for staff  —  To combat the growing threat of spreading misinformation ahead of the U.S. 2020 general election, The Wall Street Journal has formed …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC News Now hires former Fox and WSJ reporter Alison Morris as its first full-time anchor, after launching the free streaming service in May  —  NBC News Now, five weeks after the free streaming service's launch, has a full-time anchor: Alison Morris, who most recently was with Fox Corp.'s Fox 5 in New York.
Andrew Murfett / LinkedIn:
David Haskell, editor of New York magazine, talks about publishing E. Jean Carroll's story, why he redid his first cover a week after it hit newsstands, more  —  David Haskell joined New York magazine in 2007, and quickly began to climb the rungs of the seminal publication.
Discussion: @amurfett, Thanks:@chipcutter
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Loss of ebooks bought in Microsoft's book section is a reminder that digital rights management is defective by design as goods don't really belong to the buyer  —  YOUR ITUNES MOVIES, your Kindle books—they're not really yours.  You don't own them.  You've just bought a license that allows …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Twitch streamers are struggling to understand the precedent set by a mere two-week ban of popular streamer Dr Disrespect for streaming in a public bathroom  —  'Twitch is saying there's no real consequences'  —  There was no question that Dr Disrespect's ban from Twitch would be temporary …
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Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Survey of people between 13 and 21 years old finds that 59% list social media as their top news source, with 65% checking Instagram daily
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Simon and Schuster to publish a book by CNN's Brian Stelter on the relationship between Trump and Fox News, in 2020
Discussion: The Hill
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Epidemic Sound, a search engine for video producers looking to license music for soundtracks, raises $20M at a reported $370M valuation
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Andrew Flanagan / NPR:
Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift's old label, was sold to a company owned by the manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande; source: deal valued at $300M+
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Progressive news site ThinkProgress, launched 14 years ago, is put up for sale by the Center for American Progress as it faces falling ad revenue and donations
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify ends its direct music upload beta program for artists after debuting it last year, saying it would rather focus on features unique to the platform