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5:50 PM ET, July 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue of €1.89B, up 13% YoY, with MAUs up 29% YoY to 299M, premium users up 27% to 138M, and ad-supported MAUs up 31% to 170M  —  In addition, ad revenue fell 21% — which Spotify blamed on the coronavirus pandemic — but the drop wasn't quite as bad as forecast.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
At least three streamers banned or suspended from Twitch and Facebook following accusations of sexual harassment have moved to YouTube  —  When a handful of streamers were recently banned or suspended by the live-streaming platforms Twitch and Facebook following accusations of sexual harassment, their careers didn't end.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
After Trump praised doctor promoting COVID-19 “cures”, right-wing media rushed to defend her from the reporters and social platforms allegedly silencing her  —  Here's how the right-wing media's obsession with conspiracy theories and the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine resulted in “demon sperm” trending on Twitter.
What's New in Publishing:
Digital Spy, UK's biggest TV and movies website, launches its first digital magazine, available exclusively on Apple News+ in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia  —  The #1 entertainment website in the UK unveils interactive magazine custom-designed for Apple News+
Discussion: Digital Spy
Condé Nast's healthcare advertising unit introduces Obsidian, a cookie-less audience tracking tool available through CitizenNet, its marketing service  —  Conde Nast's unit for healthcare advertising last week touted its new technology to track its digital audience without using cookies …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Sources: Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites by an information agency called InfoRos to spread disinfo about COVID-19  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Research firm Forrester: US ad spending will decline by 25% this year and won't recover until 2023, and in 2020 and 2021, ad agencies will shed 52,000 jobs  —  The marketing business is going through a period of innovation as it sheds workers and tries to hold on to clients.
Nieman Lab:
Profile of South Africa's Oxpeckers, which is using interactive data tools like animated maps to cover stories on illegal wildlife trafficking in the region  —  In some places, it was the gray dust visible in the water buckets that showed something was wrong, polluted by run-off water from the mines.
Discussion: @chrisroper and @oxciej
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
America is enduring a far worse COVID-19 outbreak than other rich countries due in part to the size and strength of right-wing media that broadcasts falsehoods  —  And what else you need to know today.  —  Want to get The Morning by email?  Here's the sign-up.  —  Good morning.
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
As 80+ digital local news startups launched in the US since 2018, an equal number have closed; experts share how some, like Daily Memphian, are finding success  —  As many legacy news outlets struggle to survive, industry analysts are looking to digital start-ups as a promising way to revive coverage of local news.
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
British Film Institute unveils details of a £30M recovery fund for struggling independent cinemas across the UK  —  The financial lifeline for COVID-19 hit indie exhibitors is part of the U.K. government's $2 billion arts and culture recovery fund.  —  The British Film Institute …
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
UTM codes show Sarah Palin's Facebook page promotes an obscure right-wing site and ForAmerica's page pushes The Washington Times; Facebook demoted Palin's page
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Talent agency CAA says it will lay off about 90 agents and execs and furlough about 275 assistants, of whose health plan premiums will still be paid in full
 Earlier Picks: 
Adam B. Vary / Variety:
Tweets about Comic-Con@Home were down 95% vs 2019's San Diego Comic-Con and the lack of interaction with panelists made it a poor replacement for the live event
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
Some journalists debate the safety and ethics of using TikTok for publishing news, amid concerns about how China could influence their content
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC and Universal agree to shorten the theatrical window for films to 17 days, or 3 weekends, before Universal can release them onto premium on-demand platforms
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix breaks the record for most Emmy nominations with 160, as the industrywide number of TV series hit a high and submissions rose 15% over last year
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Ex-Deadspin staff launch digital media company Defector Media, which they will own and operate, led by EIC Tom Ley and open to subscribers for $8 per month