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7:25 AM ET, July 7, 2020

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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 …
@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/...
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 …
Benjamin Wallace / Vulture:
Inside Quibi's implosion, aided by the divisive management styles of Katzenberg and Whitman, compounded by a failure to understand its digital-native audience  —  The Emmy race has begun!  Vulture is taking a close look at the contenders until nomination-round voting closes on July 13.
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.
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” …
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”  —  TikTok built an influencer base of over a million people in India in less than two years.  Now, it's crumbling down
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  —  If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.
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  —  Under terms of the pact, announced Monday, Disney and Ra Vision will emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race …
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  —  San Francisco, July 6 (IANS) Google on Monday launched a free training programme for small-to-medium sized news publishers …
 
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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
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
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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