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7:00 PM ET, August 4, 2020

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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney's Mulan, originally to be released in March but delayed due to COVID-19, will be released on Disney+ on Sept. 4 as a premium on-demand offering for $30  —  Disney's live-action adaptation gets a new release date  —  Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan will be released on Disney …
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Disney says Disney+ grew to 57.5M subs as of June 27, up from 54.5M three months ago  —  Between Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus, Disney's streaming services have more than 100 million subscribers combined.  —  Disney Plus grew to 57.5 subscribers as of June 27, up by 3 million in the last three months, Disney said Tuesday.
CNBC:
Disney reports $11.78B in Q3 revenue vs. $12.37B est., down 42% YoY, says it has 100M+ paid subs for streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+  —  - Disney reported earnings for its third quarter of 2020 after the bell on Tuesday as it continues to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg Media to launch a bundled subscription with The Athletic this month; Athletic journalists will also be featured on Bloomberg's QuickTake  —  Bloomberg Media will launch a bundled subscription with The Athletic beginning this month, sources tell Axios.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NBCU begins layoffs across its portfolio, expected to be less than 10% of staff, and WarnerMedia will start layoffs as early as next week  —  Comcast unit is the latest among entertainment giants, including WarnerMedia, to cut employees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
Knight Foundation:
49% of Americans see “a great deal” of political bias in news; 82% worry that inaccuracies are intentional; 19% of people under 30 view the media favorably  —  OVERVIEW  —  There is a widening gulf between American aspirations for and assessments of the news media.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Neil Young sues Trump's campaign for copyright infringement for playing two of Young's songs at rallies, testing rules set by performance rights organizations  —  The legendary musician alleges that Trump lacked license to play “Rockin' in the Free World” and “Devil's Sidewalk” at a campaign rally in Tulsa.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Voice of America's 76 foreign employees fear imminent removal from the US as VOA refuses to renew visas, with some fearing a return to authoritarian regimes  —  Bricio Segovia has less than a month before his time is up.  With his visa set to expire at the end of August …
i24:
Patreon fails to stop arbitration suits in California by fans of a comedian removed for hate speech, making suits from fans of other banned accounts possible  —  Court sides with fans of controversial content creator, potentially exposing company to further legal trouble A California court sided …
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Reuters:
China says it will retaliate if the US doesn't extend visas for Chinese journalists; editor of Global Times says US journalists in HK would be targeted
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Caleb Potts / Android Police:
Facebook adds search feature in WhatsApp to help check viral messages for misinformation, rolling out today in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US
Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
By making mass-market mediocrities and delivering them to millions in a slightly new way, Netflix is just repackaging broadcast TV, not reinventing it
Kavitha Iyer / Newslaundry:
Reporter describes covering India's internal migrant crisis during the lockdown, as journalists find they have to prove their worth every day amid staff cuts
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Norwegian reporter sued Hollywood Foreign Press Association in CA, alleging antitrust violations for denying membership to those who compete with HFPA members
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Business Insider told staff on Friday that the company will not require employees to return to the offices until July 2021
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Snap signs deals with major music companies, including Warner Music, UMG, and Merlin, to let users add music to their posts, initially in Australia and NZ
New York Times:
Ad analytics platform Pathmatics: Facebook's top 100 advertisers spent $221.4M from July 1 through July 29, down 12% YoY from the $251.4M they spent in 2019
Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
Veteran AP reporter Errin Haines, Emily Ramshaw, and others launch The 19th, covering politics and inequality from a diverse perspective with a 99% female staff