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7:35 AM ET, July 24, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Warner Bros.' Tenet likely to get a staggered release, in international markets in late August, then in the US in early September if more theaters open  —  The $200 million tentpole is planning on opening first overseas as a surge in COVID-19 cases hits the U.S.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News's Tucker Carlson set up two NYT freelancers for harassment when he misled viewers into thinking the NYT was about to publish his Maine address  —  Two freelance journalists in Maine have sustained abuse and threats after being named by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pandora expands interactive voice ads in beta and lets users of its free tier search for on-demand music by voice if they agree to watch a video ad  —  Pandora is expanding the scope of its interactive voice-based advertising today, launching the service in beta for more listeners and advertisers …
Discussion: TechCrunch, @chrismessina and The Verge
New York Times:
Troy Young, president of Hearst's magazine unit, resigns a day after reports surfaced of his history of lewd remarks amid a culture of discrimination  —  Troy Young was elevated to lead the magazine division in 2018 as the face of digital transformation despite complaints of bullying and harassment.
Brian Fung / CNN:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including through a subscription model  —  Washington (CNN Business)Twitter (TWTR) is actively exploring additional ways to make money from its users, including by considering a subscription model, CEO Jack Dorsey said Thursday.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok says it is launching a new $200M fund to pay creators directly for their content  —  The first major monetization effort from the company  —  As TikTok continues to grow in popularity and its personalities become mainstream celebrities in their own right, the company is trying …
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Federal judge temporarily bars federal officers from using force, threats, or dispersal orders against journalists or legal observers at Portland demonstrations  —  A federal judge on Thursday issued a 14-day order temporarily barring federal officers from using force, threats and dispersal orders …
J-Source / @jsource:
Leaked memo: Canada's Global News announces layoffs as part of a broad restructuring, blaming a collapse in ad revenue brought on by COVID-19  —  Layoffs “ongoing all morning” at Global News, says an affected worker. A handful of staff have tweeted news of departures. will no longer “[support] lifestyle, entertainment & social media teams,” says Troy Reeb, EVP of broadcast networks in email to staff
Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
TikTok and the National Music Publishers' Association sign licensing agreement that suggests TikTok has agreed to pay for unlicensed past use of members' works  —  TikTok and the US-based National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) have inked a multi-year licensing agreement.
Discussion: Billboard
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed has laid off 50 of 74 employees who had been furloughed this spring, including 10 from news and the rest from its studio, sales and administration  —  - Loss of affiliate revenue from Amazon also squeezes publisher  — Cost-cutting moves expected to keep losses under $20 million
Discussion: The Wrap
New York Times:
Federal judge orders Michael Cohen released, citing retaliation over Cohen's plans to publish a book about Trump  —  A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book this fall about President Trump.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q2: WarnerMedia operating revenue fell 22.9% YoY to $6.8B; HBO/HBO Max subscribers grew 5% in H1 2020 to 36.3M; premium TV subscribers shrank 18% YoY  —  That included a 22.9% plunge in WarnerMedia revenue, which the telco said was partly due to lower content and ad sales related to COVID-19.
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Ludovic Blecher / The Keyword:
Google News Initiative has provided $39.5M in funding to over 5,600 publishers globally via its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund, launched in April
The Markup:
Google's Keywords Planner, which proposes search terms to associate with ads, gave pornographic suggestions for “Black girls,” “Latina girls,” and “Asian girls”
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