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7:40 AM ET, August 4, 2020


 Top News: 
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  —  WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, but that also means a lot of misinformation and rumors are shared on the platform.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chuck Todd to launch a weekly political program on live-streaming service NBC News Now and NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock, starting in September  —  If it's good wi-fi, it's “Meet The Press.”  —  Chuck Todd, who has moderated NBC News' Sunday-morning public affairs program since the fall of 2014 …
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  —  Netflix might be making crap, but at least it's making lots of it and letting you watch at 2x speed.  —  On the last edition of the Sub-Beacon (subscribe!
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 …
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  —  When Errin Haines first heard about Breonna Taylor's death in mid-May, she knew the story deserved more attention.
Coral Murphy / USA Today:   The 19th reaches an agreement with USA TODAY to republish its stories across more than 250 news markets
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  —  As the media business unravels, amid retrenchments and salary cuts, a journalist of 20 years recounts the four months of lockdown …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Despite the pandemic, some sports publications, like Penske Media's Sportico and Front Office Sports, are capitalizing on new opportunities, like virtual events  —  The business of sports has been turned upside down over the past six months, and a number of media companies are racing …
Discussion: @edgar_walker and Talking Biz News
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  —  A Norwegian entertainment reporter sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday, alleging a “culture of corruption” …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK broadcasters urge Ofcom to exclude news programs from proposed “duty of care” rules being drawn up after the deaths of two former reality TV show contestants  —  Broadcasters have urged Ofcom to exclude news and current affairs programming from proposed new “duty of care” …
Discussion: @pressgazette
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Business Insider told staff on Friday that the company will not require employees to return to the offices until July 2021  —  Insider/BI told staff Friday that the company will not require employees/teams to return to the offices until July 2021.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
FuboTV adds Disney channels including ESPN and ABC following a deal struck with Disney on June 24th  —  ESPN, ESPN 2, FX, FXX, Disney Channel, National Geographic, and more  —  ESPN and many other Disney channels are now live on FuboTV, according to a FuboTV support document.
Discussion: @backlon, @dylanbyers and Gizmodo
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  —  Social-networking company has licensed rights from major labels and publishers  —  Snap Inc. is introducing a new feature …
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
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Kyle Daly / Axios:
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Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
Paywalls at top-tier publications like NYT and New Yorker can make accessing the truth harder, ceding ground to free publications that spread misinformation
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