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1:15 PM ET, July 7, 2020

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Ina Fried / Axios:
TikTok will pull its app from Google Play and App Store in Hong Kong following the new security law, saying it doesn't and wouldn't share data with China  —  TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid …
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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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Information is launching a free weekly Chinese-language newsletter covering Silicon Valley and China's tech sector
Discussion: New York Post
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” …
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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.
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.”  —  Sometime last year, Charlamagne Tha God took a meeting with Comedy Central execs and pitched them an idea for a talk show.
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Prime Video launches user profiles globally, allowing six per account, giving access to a Watchlist, personalized recommendations, and viewing progress  —  Amazon's Prime Video is finally adding a feature that's long since become a standard for streaming video services: user profiles.
 
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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
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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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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@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
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
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