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5:20 PM ET, July 31, 2020


 Top News: 
Sources: President Trump plans to sign an order directing China's ByteDance to divest its ownership of TikTok  —  - President's decision follows national security investigation  — U.S. concerned about China's access to data on Americans  —  President Donald Trump plans to announce …
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.
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Dozens of ex-Ellen Show staff allege sexual harassment and misconduct by top executive producers; Warner Bros. says it has “identified several staffing changes”  —  Being asked to join the control room inside The Ellen DeGeneres Show is a coveted spot in Hollywood …
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 …
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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 …
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Leaked DHS document describes how to arrest journalists and expose them to crowd suppressants without being liable per the terms of the Oregon restraining order
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
Hollywood Reporter:
Current and former employees allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist, and homophobic behavior  —  Current and former employees allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist and homophobic behavior: “It was par for the course.”
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery and AMC Networks join the On Addressability initiative launched by cable giants Comcast, Charter and Cox to offer advertisers dynamic ad insertion  —  The company will work with the On Addressability initiative, which Comcast, Charter and Cox launched last summer.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Adobe, a large player in facilitating online ad buying, plans to ban political ads from its Advertising Cloud product effective August 30  —  The software giant is a large player in facilitating online ad buying  —  Software giant Adobe Inc. ADBE 1.24% plans to ban political ads …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Netflix is rolling out playback speed controls of up to 0.5x slower or 1.5x faster on Android devices and is set to begin testing the option for iOS  —  Stream up to 0.5 times slower or 1.5 times faster  —  Netflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something …
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?
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Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight Institute sues Trump for continuing to block critics from his Twitter account even after a federal court held that his account is a public forum
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Michael Pack, CEO of USAGM, launches a probe into a video on VOA's Urdu-language site, claiming the video of the Million Muslim Votes effort is a pro-Biden ad
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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