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11:15 AM ET, July 31, 2020

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Pew research shows Americans who rely on social media for news are more misinformed than others; the numbers show Americans have given up amid the war on truth  —  You may have heard about the viral video featuring a group of fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a covid-19 wonder cure.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
DHS has compiled and disseminated “intelligence reports” on 2 US journalists who have published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland  —  The Department of Homeland Security has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests …
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission releases draft rules that would require Google and Facebook to share data and revenue with media companies  —  Consumer watchdog unveils ‘hundreds of millions’ in potential fines under code drawn up after talks stalled between tech and news companies
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed's new standalone site BuzzFeed Shopping lets visitors buy directly on it, earning it an average commission of 25%  —  The publisher has ramped up its commerce division over the years  —  BuzzFeed has long recommended products to its audience, earning a cut of the revenue …
Discussion: @mathewi and @emmahunt10
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook has made deals with Sony, UMG, and Warner Music for the right to show music videos and approached artists about exclusive rights to videos  —  - Social giant also could bankroll some video production  — Music videos have surged on YouTube during the pandemic
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Maffick LLC files a lawsuit against Facebook for applying “Russia state-controlled media” labels to its pages and posts  —  An online media company identified as “Russia state-controlled” on Facebook is now suing the social network over that very label.
Discussion: @donie, Scribd and @donie
Politico:
North Face and Heineken are among the companies who say they will resume Facebook ads from August, Levi Strauss and Smucker Co. will continue the boycott  —  More than 1,000 organizations stopped ads for the month of July, without getting many concessions.  Can they keep it going and build global pressure?
John Canzano / Oregonian:
Documents and interviews reveal new details about the Pac-12 Conference's plan to buy advertising to support coverage at the Los Angeles Times in 2018-2019  —  The Pac-12 Conference had a publicity problem.  —  The conference was in deep distress in 2018.
Lara Seligman / Politico:
 
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Amazon reports Q2 “other” category revenue, which mostly covers its ad business, of $4.22B, up 41% YoY, and subscriptions services revenue of $6.02B, up 29% YoY
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NYT should consider increasing the health of local news a core part of its mission and explore sharing data, ad inventory, content, tech stacks, subscriptions
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Boris Johnson is hiring a spokesperson, akin to the White House press secretary, for his government's daily press briefings, which are meant to start in October
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
ViacomCBS is adding 70 TV series to CBS All Access from its Viacom cable networks and plans to officially relaunch with a new name in early 2021
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Comcast Q2: revenue of $23.7B; NBCU revenue fell 25.4% YoY to $6.12B; filmed content licensing revenue grew 19.5% YoY; Peacock has 10M signups since July launch
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staffers at Hearst Magazines have voted 241-83 to form a union through Writers Guild of America, East, after a nine-month campaign