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9:45 PM ET, July 5, 2021


 Top News: 
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
ESPN talent and management have been at odds over the past year, after a white ESPN reporter suggested her colleague got a prized job because she is Black  —  In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black …
Preston Padden / The Daily Beast:
Former Fox exec Preston Padden says he has tried and failed over the past nine months to get Murdoch to understand the damage that Fox News is doing to America  —  The Rupert Murdoch I worked for was brilliant, courageous, optimistic, and a gentleman.  Which makes his bile-filled network all the more confounding.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Ad-measurement company Tenjin: following Apple's IDFA changes, spending on iOS ads fell one-third between June 1 and July 1, while Android spending rose 10%  —  Android ad prices have jumped, as iOS users opt out of being tracked, early data show  —  Advertisers have begun shifting …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Katy Perry to offer NFTs via Theta Labs, a blockchain-based P2P video streaming network with 1M MAUs that gives out rewards in exchange for unused bandwidth  —  - Theta has built a peer-to-peer video streaming network  — Katy Perry takes stake in Theta Labs, to offer NFTs to fans
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
YouGov: 47% of those in US don't have cable TV, including 60% of those 18-34; another survey finds most advertisers say CTV works at least as well as linear TV  —  Cordless consumers are on track to exceed cable viewers within the next year, according to a survey of 4,000 U.S. adults conducted …
Discussion: Business Wire
The Guardian:
UK's Channel 4 says more than 70% of its presenting team for the Paralympics will be disabled  —  Broadcaster reveals plans for its Games coverage, with Ade Adepitan to host highlights show in Tokyo  —  More than 70% of the Channel 4 presenting team for the Paralympics will be disabled …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sports outlets like Racquet, whose next issue Naomi Osaka is guest editing, acknowledge athletes' social media reach while retaining journalistic independence  —  The tennis superstar is guest-editing Racquet magazine and has written a cover essay for Time.  What's left for traditional sports journalism?
Carlos Aguilar / Vox:
A freelance film critic discusses gatekeeping in movie criticism, and the challenges for writers from marginalized backgrounds to enter the profession  —  I never believed I could be one.  That's the problem.  —  The first time I attended a press screening — an early …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Comcast hires David Rhodes to lead international business development at Sky, after News Corp's plans to launch a Fox News-like network in UK were scaled back  —  - David Rhodes moving on after News Corp. TV project scaled back  — Comcast's European division Sky faces challenge from Netflix
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Boris Johnson says cinemas and theaters across England will return to full capacity from July 19, with live events allowed to operate as in pre-COVID times
Discussion: Slate
Gabriel Geiger / VICE:
Norway passes law requiring ads and sponsored posts that use manipulated images of body parts be labeled; King of Norway will decide when it goes into effect
 Earlier Picks: 
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
DOJ has begun arresting those who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment during the US Capitol riot
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Gorsuch and Thomas call for review of 1964 NYT v. Sullivan ruling that made it harder for public figures to claim libel, citing modern media landscape
Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with 60 Americans in spring 2020 found most distrusted media but watched TV news more than usual and trusted their abilities to corroborate reports
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From Techmeme:

Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

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