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5:30 PM ET, July 9, 2020

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: VOA head Michael Pack has signaled that he will not approve visa extensions for dozens of foreign journalists working for the outlet in the US  —  Dozens of foreign nationals working as journalists in the U.S. for Voice of America, the federal government's international broadcaster …
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: NBCUniversal's subscription video service Peacock is unlikely to reach a carriage deal with Amazon or Roku before its July 15 launch but talks continue  —  - NBCUniversal's Peacock is unlikely to reach a deal with either Amazon or Roku before its national July 15 launch, according to people familiar with the matter.
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
A look at Protocol's first months in a crowded tech journalism ecosystem, the challenge of applying the Politico playbook, divisions between the EIC and staff  —  In April, reporters and editors at Protocol, the new technology publication launched by the owner of Politico, gathered for a “weekly huddle” video call.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Sources: Dataminr, an official Twitter partner, relayed tweets and other social media posts about BLM protesters directly to police, contrary to earlier claims  —  Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Joy Reid will host The ReidOut, a new nightly show on MSNBC, starting July 20, becoming the only Black woman hosting a nightly evening show on a major network  —  She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program.  The move was made by new leadership at NBC News …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
New Hong Kong security law limits outlets' reporting, including access to court proceedings; China has established an HK bureau overseeing foreign news agencies  —  A little over a week ago, China unveiled and immediately implemented a draconian new law cracking down on dissent in Hong Kong.
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New York Times:
Journalists at Radio Television Hong Kong, a government-funded news org with a fierce independent streak, appear vulnerable to China's new national security law
Chicago Reporter:
Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims  —  Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Sensor Tower: of the ~910K users that signed up for Quibi's 3-month free trial in April, only 8%, ~72K, converted to a paid subscription after the trial ended  —  The struggling streaming video platform has a not-so-great conversion rate  —  Streaming service Quibi only managed to convert …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Harper's letter rejects public shaming and consequences for speech, calling them censorship, when they're forms of the counterspeech it claims to support  —  There's a slightly bizarre Letter on Justice and Open Debate that Harper's Magazine is publishing, signed by a long list of famous people …
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New York Times:
How the Harper's letter grew from a core of about 20 people, led by Thomas Chatterton Williams, and how blowback built especially to J.K. Rowling's inclusion
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Former employees at fashion magazine V accuse EIC Stephen Gan of sexism, racism, homophobia, and verbal abuse  —  Former employees at V, the title he helped found, are criticizing his leadership there, as an industry reconsiders past norms of judgment and exclusion.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Profile of Parrot Analytics, which uses Google queries, Facebook Likes, pirated downloads, and Wikipedia traffic to determine the popularity of streaming shows  —  Unlike Nielsen, which measure audience size, Parrot Analytics says it can track viewer enthusiasm.  That's more important to subscription services.
 
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Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker:
A deep look at the rift between some prominent Silicon Valley figures and increasingly critical media, based on the case of Slate Star Codex vs. The NYT
Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
EU court rules that online platforms like YouTube need not hand over to rights holders the email or IP addresses of users who upload pirated content
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsmax TV makes Nielsen weekly ratings debut and averages about 21K viewers, compared to 1.9M for Fox and 1.1M for CNN
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
BBC to end free TV licenses for those over 75, with exceptions for low-income households, starting August 1 after a two-month delay
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Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Alden Capital Group challenges parts of Chatham Asset Management's bid for McClatchy in court filings Wednesday, delaying and complicating McClatchy's auction
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Google News Initiative and LION Publishers pilot a free 8-week virtual boot camp on journalism entrepreneurship, run by Phillip Smith, from Sept. 21 to Nov. 9
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Spotify will launch in Russia on July 15, likely partnering with telco MTS; the move is Spotify's next major global expansion after India in 2019
Discussion: Variety
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
An independent audit commissioned by Facebook harshly criticizes the company, arguing that some of its decisions were “significant setbacks for civil rights”