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11:35 AM ET, July 7, 2020

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Ina Fried / Axios:
TikTok to pull its app from Google Play and App Store in Hong Kong in light of new security law, says it doesn't and wouldn't share info with Chinese government  —  TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid …
CNN:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid rising tensions between US and China  —  Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Joanna Partridge / The Guardian:
Reach, owner of the Daily Mirror and hundreds of UK regional papers, to cut 550 jobs, 12% of its workforce, and centralize editorial as revenue fell 27.5% in Q2  —  Publisher also owns regional papers including Manchester Evening News and Birmingham Mail  —  The owner of the Daily Mirror …
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Conservative news sites like Newsmax have published opinion pieces from a network of at least 19 fake personas pushing Middle East propaganda over the past year  —  DOES NOT EXIST  —  Conservative sites like Newsmax and Washington Examiner have published Middle East hot takes from “experts” …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SiriusXM is near a deal to buy Stitcher's podcasting unit from Scripps for around $300M  —  Deal would follow similar moves by Spotify and iHeartMedia to enter podcasting industry  —  Sirius XM Holdings Inc. SIRI .51% is near a deal to buy E.W. Scripps Co. SSP 1.45% 's Stitcher Inc. podcasting unit …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
TV networks scale back plans to cover upcoming party conventions; sources: GOP's focus on a packed house is causing tensions between the party and network execs  —  Instead of the usual media circus, this summer's made-for-TV political confabs will have a whole lot less TV.
@kerrymflynn:
[Thread] Media companies that received PPP loans after US disclosed recipients: $5M-$10M for Wikimedia, $2M-$5M for Fortune, $1M-$2M for Digiday, and more  —  Now that the list of PPP loans is out, we can see which media companies got them, not just rely on owners publicizing it: https://home.treasury.gov/... Already spotted: - Forbes: https://twitter.com/... - Crain: https://twitter.com/... - Daily Caller: https://twitter.com/...
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
The pandemic and the George Floyd protests are a good chance for US media to set aside superficial trivia and focus on systemic and institutional failures  —  Good riddance to the political coverage that was  —  In the summer of 2015, as Donald Trump began his campaign for the presidency, a bacterium was spreading in New York City.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Information is launching a free weekly Chinese-language newsletter covering Silicon Valley and China's tech sector  —  As tensions between the U.S. and China escalate, more U.S. media companies like The Information, Politico and The Wire China are looking to invest in coverage of the country and its technology and business boom.
Discussion: New York Post
Phil Shiver / TheBlaze:
Ben Shapiro is stepping down as EIC of The Daily Wire, replaced by John Bickley; Shapiro will now be editor emeritus at the outlet  —  Ben Shapiro will remain co-owner and the site's biggest talent  —  What are the details?  —  Ben Shapiro, the prominent conservative commentator …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Under Chris McCarthy, Comedy Central is pushing animation, planning to make 10-20 films a year, rethinking its identity: “We're not channels. We're content.”
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump frames his opposition to BLM using the same language Tucker Carlson lays out on Fox, showing Carlson's key role in defining Trump's re-election messaging
Varsha Bansal / WIRED UK:
India's shutdown of TikTok has dealt a devastating blow to the careers of many influencers as some say it has “erased the last two years of their lives”
Business Insider:
Google launches a free digital training program for small- and medium-sized publishers in Europe, starting with Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, Poland, and France
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Dow Jones partners with Amazon Web Services to make an archive of five years of English language news from Dow Jones Newswires available on AWS Data Exchange
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: the Knight Foundation considered making a bid for McClatchy but dropped out as it decided that the risk it would take on was too great
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Colin Kaepernick partners with Disney to create scripted and unscripted content on race and social injustice that showcases directors and producers of color
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Apptopia: Disney Plus app was downloaded 266,084 times in the US, up 72.4% from the average of June's four weekends, driven by the Hamilton premiere
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Fox News says it regrets “mistakenly” cropping Donald Trump out of a Getty Images photo from 2000, of him with Melania, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Jeffrey Epstein