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8:15 AM ET, July 9, 2019


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Journalist Julie K. Brown, whose work revealed Jeffrey Epstein's wildly lenient sentence for sex trafficking, on the importance of perseverance in investigation  —  New York (CNN Business)In the past year the Jeffrey Epstein case was catapulted onto the national news radar by one newspaper …
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
Netflix says Stranger Things 3 has been viewed by 40.7M households since its July 4 launch, a new record for a Netflix film or series  —  Netflix says “Stranger Things 3” has been viewed by more than 40 million household accounts since its July 4 premiere, a new record for the streaming service.
Sources detail how Facebook tracked and fought hoaxes about itself using a tool called Stormchaser; Facebook says it stopped using the tool in mid-2018  —  Polling data and secretive projects - ‘Stormchaser’ and 'Night's Watch' - helped the social media giant track public sentiment, and respond to it
Max Willens / Digiday:
NowThis News has seen its video views drop dramatically in the past year but says revenue is up thanks to longer, high-quality videos  —  NowThis News was one of the first digital media companies to leverage platform hunger for native content into eye-popping scale.
Discussion: @digiday
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Cortico, which has raised $10M+ to record round table discussions by local community members and provide better context on issues for reporters  —  Journalists aren't always the greatest listeners.  Yes, it's kind of in the job description, but sometimes selective listening …
Meaghan Beatley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Following two high-profile cases, Spanish journalists and activists discuss identifying victims of sexual violence as it both humanizes them and engenders abuse  —  In late May, a 32-year-old woman living outside Madrid killed herself after a sex video she'd taken of herself five years earlier resurfaced.
White House confirms that it has hired Michelle Moons, a Breitbart correspondent of five years, to work in the office of Domestic Policy Council  —  New York (CNN Business)The White House correspondent for Breitbart, a far-right website supportive of President Trump, has joined the Trump administration …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian Federal Police forced Qantas to hand over private travel records of a senior ABC journalist as part of investigation into national security leak  —  The Australian Federal Police demanded Qantas hand over the private travel arrangements of a senior ABC journalist as part …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
A look at the rise of the ambivalent conspiracy theorists, popular YouTubers using irony and nonchalance to refurbish old conspiracies for new audiences  —  Conspiracy theories were once deadly serious.  On the internet, skepticism about the moon landing shows how the mood has shifted.
Discussion: @nytscience
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Podimo, which says it is building Europe's “Netflix for podcasts,” raises €6M in seed funding, ahead of a planned launch in Germany and Denmark later this year
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Profile of Isoko Mochizuki, a female Japanese reporter whose persistent questioning style stands out among a compliant media culture and male-dominated politics
BuzzFeed News:
Disney is dominating Hollywood after devouring 20th Century Fox, forcing other studios to change and shaping Hollywood's future for a generation