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5:30 PM ET, July 25, 2019


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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBCUniversal to launch its ad-supported streaming platform in April 2020 with the same infrastructure as Sky's, will develop originals tied to its content  —  Comcast units are double down on the content and streaming wars as NBCUniversal plans to launch its advertising-supported streaming platform …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Facebook's ad library is so plagued by bugs and technical constraints that researchers say it is effectively useless to adequately track political advertising  —  The social network's new ad library is so flawed, researchers say, that it is effectively useless as a way to track political messaging.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Paul Dacre says he “bears a heavy responsibility” for the belief that journalism costs nothing because of his role in launching the free Metro and Mail Online  —  Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has said he blames himself for helping create a culture in which news content is given away for free.
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Douglas A. McIntyre / 24/7 Wall St.:
About 2,100 newspapers have closed in the USA since 2004, almost all of which are weeklies, leaving ~7,000 still in publication, many with declining revenues  —  The newspaper industry has continued its relentless downward spiral, which started with the advent of the internet and accelerated during the Great Recession.
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Twitter signs an agreement with NBC for 2020 Olympics, to show limited live event coverage, highlights, and a daily 20-minute show  —  Twitter will show some live coverage, highlights and a daily studio show from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.  —  If you cannot find a television …
Terricha Phillips / Columbia Journalism Review:
After Mississippi candidate for governor denied access to a reporter because she is a woman, other journalists say this is common on the political beat  —  Mississippi's Republican gubernatorial primary, just two weeks away, has been marked by a scandal over the ways female reporters are treated.
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Ebony's photo archives are sold for $30M to a group of foundations led by J. Paul Getty Trust; photos will go to Smithsonian, Getty Research Institute, others
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Parliament members weigh extending UK's Freedom of Information Act to cover private contractors performing public services
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
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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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
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