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1:55 PM ET, July 9, 2019

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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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia's HBO Max is set to launch in spring 2020 with 10K hours of programming including exclusive streaming rights to Friends, CW dramas, and films  —  Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon also signed to movie deals for HBO Max  —  Get ready to make “Friends” with HBO Max …
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.
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter  —  President Trump cannot block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, in a case with implications …
Charlie Smith / Georgia Straight Vancouver's …:
Seventy-nine people at the Globe and Mail take buyouts, with more than half in the editorial department, amid an effort to cut labor costs by $10M annually  —  More than half are in the editorial department  —  The newspaper industry in Canada is a little bit smaller this month.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
A look at the spread of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, which originated with Russia's foreign intelligence service in the form of a phony bulletin  —  WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich …
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  —  Podimo, a Copenhagen-based startup building what it hopes will become Europe's “Netflix for podcasts,” …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Sifted and Silicon Canals
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Australian anti-encryption laws, which allow agencies to modify data, bypass journalist protections formerly guaranteed by other laws and enabled the June raids  —  New legislation has given AFP ‘power to strike a chilling blow against press freedom’, cybersecurity researcher tells parliamentary review
 
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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A reporter and a cameraman at Radio Marti, which is run by US Agency for Global Media, have been suspended for allegedly faking a mortar attack on the reporter
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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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
Discussion: @nytscience
Bloomberg:
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
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
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