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12:00 AM ET, July 25, 2019


 Top News: 
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
FTC announces a $5B fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations as part of a settlement that requires federal oversight of its business practices  —  The settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook ends a 16-month probe that began after revelations of the tech giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q2: 778K net loss in DirecTV, U-verse customers; 168K net DirecTV Now subscriber loss; WarnerMedia revenue up 5.5% YoY to $8.35B, operating income up 10.3%  —  WarnerMedia was AT&T's fastest-growing division in the second quarter of 2019.  But the telco showed ongoing signs of trouble …
Washington Post:
The Washington Post establishes a computational political journalism R&D lab to augment its campaign 2020 coverage  —  The Washington Post's newly launched elections engineering team will establish a computational political journalism R&D lab in the newsroom this fall.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NowThis has attracted attention by creating pointed media criticism with videos illustrating inconsistencies by Fox News personalities  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the day's most pointed media criticism lets its subjects do the talking.  —  The news outlet NowThis has attracted attention …
Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
After Mueller's testimony, NBC's Chuck Todd showed a basic misunderstanding of the requirements of his job, critiquing “optics” of the testimony, not substance  —  After former Special Counsel Robert Mueller' testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Interviews, including with the dev who led the team behind the retweet button, discuss the power of retweets to drive extreme content and spread misinformation  —  Developer Chris Wetherell built Twitter's retweet button.  And he regrets what he did to this day.
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Amazon launches a dedicated Prime Video VR app, available for Oculus Go, Quest, and Samsung Gear VR headsets in the US and UK  —  Oculus VR headset users just got one more video service to watch in their virtual living rooms: Amazon's Prime Video service went live on Oculus Go …
Kyle Bessey /
Journalists' unique use of social media exacerbates all its negative psychological effects, which can lead to mental health problems  —  Social presence is no longer a hobby, it is a journalism skill.  So if cancelling all your accounts is not an option, what else can you do to stay safe and sane online?
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
As streaming offerings get more expensive and convoluted, people are setting up their own platforms via Plex servers to share media, including pirated content  —  Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet?  It's totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free.
Barry Levine / Marketing Dive:
Staples launches a quarterly print and digital magazine, Staples Worklife, as part of a brand refresh and lifestyle marketing push  —  - Staples launched a quarterly magazine for sparking conversation and provide resources for professionals who see their work “as more than just a job,” according to a press release.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Unlike her predecessors, Trump's new Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham has remained mostly silent to the public, playing a behind-the-scenes role  —  In one of the most fiery months of the Trump presidency, the new press secretary has had very little to say.
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Andreas Wiseman / Deadline:
Streaming service iflix is closing down its Middle East operations amid frustration from local distributors “to focus on its core markets in Southeast Asia”
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 Earlier Picks: 
Om Malik:
Media companies keep playing a blame game, pointing to tech companies for their failures, but sales execs focused on short-term thinking should take the blame
Sasha Koren / Times Open:
NYT R&D debuts The News Provenance Project to explore product design and user-facing tools to make content origins clearer to audiences and fight misinformation
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Jodi Rudoren, a veteran editor and reporter at The New York Times, has been named editor in chief of The Forward, a 122-year-old Jewish publication
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Profile of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who has donated $100M+ to charities and who champions “vigorous, trustworthy journalism” and women in tech
Max Willens / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group acquires Inverse, a science- and geek culture-focused site, which was founded by Bleacher Report cofounder Dave Nemetz and had raised $6M