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12:45 PM ET, July 10, 2019

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The News Project's publishing platform, which aims to provide “a news business in a box”, goes live with its first customer, CalMatters  —  CEO Merrill Brown says he founded The News Project to address one of the big problems in the journalism business: “It costs too much to launch and operate news sites.”
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
US newsroom employment fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, down 47% for newspapers, up 82% in the digital-native sector, remaining stable for broadcast and cable TV  —  Newsroom employment across the United States continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers.
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, Reese Witherspoon sign on to produce movies for HBO Max  —  Get ready to make “Friends” with HBO Max …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Facebook tries to become a more reliable source of revenue for video creators by adding retention analytics, expanding its virtual tipping currency, and more  —  Even by Facebook's own admission, it hasn't been a reliable revenue generator for publishers.  But Facebook hopes that isn't the case …
Discussion: CNBC, AdExchanger, Adweek and TechCrunch
Larrison Campbell / Mississippi Today:
A candidate for Mississippi governor, Robert Foster, refused a reporter's request for access to a campaign trip unless she brought a male colleague with her  —  In recent weeks, in an attempt to better inform readers about candidates in the upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom taps Netflix alum Devin Griffin to oversee BET+, BET's subscription video streaming service set to launch in the fall  —  Devin Griffin will oversee BET+, the subscription video-on-demand platform set to launch in the fall.  —  BET+, the forthcoming subscription video-on-demand platform set …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Chinese state broadcaster China Global Television Network hired a former Ofcom director shortly after the UK watchdog opened an investigation into the network  —  China's state television broadcaster has hired a former director of the UK media watchdog that is investigating the Beijing-controlled group …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Rather than blaming Russia, it's more accurate to pin the broad embrace of Seth Rich conspiracies on Julian Assange, Alex Jones, and Sean Hannity  —  At a moment when linking 2016 election events to malign Russian intelligence officers has seemingly gone out of style, Yahoo News's Michael Isikoff …
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
A look at the spread of Seth Rich conspiracy theories, and how one theory allegedly was posted by Russian foreign intelligence three days after Rich's death
Amy Kroin / Free Press:
New Jersey governor approves up to $2M for the NJ Civic Information Consortium, a nonprofit to strengthen local media, short of the original $5M pledged  —  Contact: Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838  —  TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy has approved up to $2 million in funding for the New Jersey Civic …
Discussion: @rispolimike
Daniela Flamini / Poynter:
Profile of Congo Check, a 16 member fact-checking project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where internet access is often limited to Facebook and WhatsApp  —  In March of this year, a rumor began to spread in Bukavu, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo …
Discussion: @dpfunke and @poynter
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Political leaders keep talking about changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act; others say changes could infringe free speech and harm small sites  —  At stake is a 26-word provision in the 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects online platforms from liability for content their users post.
Discussion: @jessekblum and Bloomberg
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Inside deliberations at Twitter on defining “dehumanizing speech” and its decision to limit enforcement on the issue to tweets about religious groups for now  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last August, Twitter's top executives gathered at the company's headquarters to discuss how to make the site safer for its users.
 
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Attila Mong / Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Albania, where organized crime and politics are intertwined, both local and international journalists face violence and job loss for covering these ties
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
A look at the WSJ's Friday Mansion supplement, which offers readers envy and schadenfreude while never holding the powerful to account
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter
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