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5:40 PM ET, July 11, 2019


 Top News: 
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Not only does the “social media summit” empower pro-Trump influencers to cry censorship, it may also be a political tool to prevent enforcement of content rules  —  Trolling on the internet was once a thankless pastime.  Make edgy jokes on the right message board …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Vanity Fair writer backs up Vicky Ward, who claims Graydon Carter cut accusations by women from an Epstein profile; Carter: Ward lacked on-the-record sources  —  Having seen my own articles nipped and tucked and altered for reasons that seemed to have nothing to do with journalism …
Sources: Verizon quietly sought buyers for Yahoo Finance earlier this year as it revamped its media division, but ended its search recently  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc earlier this year looked for buyers for Yahoo Finance, one of the most popular internet destinations …
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
US podcast network competitors Stitcher and Wondery team up to launch Podfront, a joint podcast platform hosting over 300 podcasts, in the UK  —  There's more than one way to expand overseas.  U.S. podcast network competitors Stitcher and Wondery have decided to pair up to take on the U.K …
Discussion: AdExchanger
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
YouTube to require those submitting manual copyright claims to give timestamps of where in a video infringing content appears, making creator responses easier  —  YouTube is updating the way it handles manual copyright claims with changes that should make them much less of a headache for video creators.
Rob Arthur / VICE:
4chan, with its ~20M monthly visitors, has had a 40% spike in hate speech since 2015 according to analysis of 1M+ comments on the site  —  On 4chan you'll find anime, porn, and sports chatter.  You'll also find an endless stream of racist threats, stomach-churning memes, and misogynistic vitriol …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: Amazon Music Unlimited's subscribers grew ~70% in the past year, compared to ~25% for Spotify; in April Amazon had 32M+ music subscribers in total  —  Amazon is adding subscribers to its music-streaming service at a faster rate than rivals such as Spotify, Apple and Google …
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
YouTube appears to have blocked some popular YouTube-to-MP3 ripping sites; music labels have taken action against them before and asked YouTube to do the same  —  Several stream-ripping sites have been unable to download and convert files from YouTube starting a few hours ago.
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