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5:10 PM ET, August 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Judge approves termination of 71-year-old consent decrees that barred US studios from owning theaters, noting they didn't apply to all studios or any streamers  —  A federal judge has given the green light to Justice Department to terminate the 71-year-old consent decrees …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Internal docs: Facebook removed “strikes” so that at least 2 conservative pages, from PragerU and Diamond & Silk, dodged penalties under misinformation policies  —  Facebook has allowed conservative news outlets and personalities to repeatedly spread false information without facing …
BuzzFeed News:
Staffers ask Zuckerberg what would happen if Trump uses Facebook to dispute the election; some staff say they have evidence of favoritism for right-wing pages
Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia's new CEO Jason Kilar shakes up top ranks, with Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly leaving; HBO Max GM Andy Forssell will lead a new HBO Max unit  —  Ann Sarnoff will oversee a newly expanded content group for the company, with Casey Bloys overseeing programming for HBO, HBO Max and linear cable networks.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Sources: UK's Evening Standard proposes to cut 115 jobs, or one third of staff, including 69 editorial positions, a ~40% reduction of the newsroom  —  London free sheet is keeping its print edition but speeding up restructuring after years of losses  —  About a third of jobs at the Evening Standard …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @mathewi
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Media outlets continue to use photos of outdoor spaces in articles about virus resurgence, though it's known they're less risky environments for transmission  —  Misinformation in your backyard.  A new report from First Draft looks at online misinformation in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Discussion: @laurahazardowen
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Report: in Q1 2020, 54% of US households with broadband had a smart TV, surpassing the 42% share held by streaming devices like Roku  —  Streaming devices and set-top boxes like Roku or the Apple TV are increasingly losing ground to internet-connected smart TVs with the shift amplified by the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows.
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
Subject of New York magazine article sues for libel, sexual harassment, and breach of contract, defining himself as a consultant for the outlet  —  See Hay v. New York Media LLC, a breach of contract, libel, and sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Bruce Hay (representing himself) …
Discussion: @eriqgardner
Washington Post:
The general manager of WAMU has stepped down after staff complaints about newsroom culture and a DCist story about harassment claims against a former reporter  —  The head of Washington's NPR affiliate resigned Friday following months of internal turmoil and an explosive news story detailing allegations …
Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Filing: Tribune Publishing has terminated eight leases since March; sources: the company is in talks for a buyout of its Prudential Plaza 137K-square-foot lease  —  The Chicago Tribune's offices could be on the move for the second time in less than three years, as the newspaper's parent company seeks …
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Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
A judge reiterated Rep. Devin Nunes can't sue Twitter over @DevinCow account, but Nunes filed an amended complaint; Twitter says prior immunity ruling was right
Jazz Tangcay / Variety:
The American Song Contest, copying the six-decade-old Eurovision show, is set to debut during the 2021 holiday season with contestants from 50 states
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Three Bon Appétit Test Kitchen stars say they will no longer appear in videos; their statements follow staff concerns about equitable pay and diversity efforts
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Twitter says it will start labeling government-linked media accounts, as well as “key government officials”, from China, France, Russia, the UK, and US
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy is leaving following a shakeup, after claims he fostered a toxic culture; Frances Berwick to lead NBCU content strategy
The Wrap:
ViacomCBS to launch a paid international streaming service in early 2021 starting with Australia, Latin America, and Nordic countries
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Ken Doctor's Lookout Local, a network of local digital outlets, to launch first in Santa Cruz in the fall with $2.5M in grants and an LAT content partnership

From Techmeme:

Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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