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12:40 AM ET, July 2, 2020

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CNN:
Of the top 25 Facebook advertisers in 2019, which include Uber and Netflix, only three, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Pfizer, have said they are pausing ad spending  —  New York (CNN Business)Hundreds of companies have promised to halt advertising on Facebook and its sibling platform Instagram …
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Reuters:
400+ advertisers suspend Facebook ads for a month, as sources say talks with some advertisers broke down; Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with boycott organizers  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish …
Jacob Silverman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Over 15 journalists describe covering Facebook, which they say lies on the record, has ghost-written op-eds, and has demanded quote approval for interviews  —  One day in July 2016, Casey Newton, a tech reporter for The Verge, sat down at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for the biggest interview of his career.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing adds Alden Global Capital's co-founder, Randall Smith, to board, giving Alden 3 of 7 seats, and caps Alden's stake at 33% for another year  —  Tribune Publishing has struck a deal with its largest shareholder, Alden Global Capital, that adds the hedge fund's co-founder …
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
LA Times food editor Peter Meehan has resigned after a series of tweets on Monday alleged that he fostered an abusive workplace environment for his staff  —  The Los Angeles Times' food editor, Peter Meehan, has resigned from the paper after being accused on social media of fostering an abusive work environment for his employees.
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VICE:
Over 40 sources detail discontent at Los Angeles Times, which hired Norman Pearlstine to fix a chaotic newsroom; some staff are frustrated at too little change  —  Two years ago, a billionaire owner asked Norman Pearlstine to reinvent a storied American newspaper.  Some in his own newsroom say he's fallen short.
New York Times:
NY appellate judge rules that Simon & Schuster can go ahead with publishing Mary Trump's book, reversing a lower court that had temporarily halted publication  —  The decision reversed a lower court's ruling that had temporarily halted publication of the book by the president's niece …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News says it has fired America's Newsroom anchor and former chief White House correspondent Ed Henry over sexual misconduct claims  —  The network says it terminated the former chief White House correspondent after receiving a complaint from a former employee's attorney.
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
NBCUniversal's Peacock strikes a non-exclusive licensing deal for ViacomCBS movies and TV shows, including The Godfather Trilogy and Undercover Boss  —  - ViacomCBS will license TV shows including “Ray Donovan” and “Undercover Boss” and movies such as “The Godfather” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU sells Bluprint, its streaming service focused on crafts and hobbies, to TN Marketing, a Minneapolis-based streaming business  —  NBCUniversal told members of Bluprint in May that it was planning to wind down the subscription VOD service centered on crafts and hobbies “over the next few months.”
Nick Summers / Engadget:
UK's Competition and Markets Authority calls for a “pro-competition regulatory regime” to monitor Facebook, Google, and other digital ad giants  —  The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on the UK government to create “a new pro-competition regulatory regime” …
Julie Posetti / CNN:
Sources: Maria Ressa told Facebook execs in 2018 that “I could go to jail” if no changes were made about misinformation and threats against her and her staff  —  Journalist Maria Ressa speaks after being convicted by Duterte government  —  Julie Posetti (PhD) has studied and reported on Rappler and Ressa since 2014.
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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Voice of America:
US Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack names longtime journalist Elez Biberaj as VOA acting director, announces interim heads for other USAGM outlets
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WSJ launches Noted, a monthly digital news and culture magazine for 18- to 34-year-olds; cover stories are free to read; others may be behind WSJ's paywall
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