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11:10 PM ET, July 7, 2021

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Sources: Tucker Carlson accused the NSA of spying on him after he learned US officials knew he was talking to Kremlin intermediaries to set up a Putin interview  —  Tucker Carlson was talking to U.S.-based Kremlin intermediaries about setting up an interview with Vladimir Putin shortly …
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BuzzFeed News:
FOIA docs show that a Fox News producer sent a very broad FOIA request to the NSA last week seeking evidence that officials were spying on Tucker Carlson  —  A Fox News producer sent an extremely broad Freedom of Information Act request to the National Security Agency last week seeking evidence …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
On a Fox Business appearance with Maria Bartiromo, Tucker Carlson claimed the NSA leaked contents of his e-mail to journalists “in an effort to discredit me”  —  Tucker Carlson claimed that the NSA leaked contents of his private emails to journalists, during a Wednesday morning appearance on Mornings With Maria.
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Trump's lawsuits that claim Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube violated his First Amendment rights are just PR and fundraising tools, and likely legally doomed  —  One member of this class action is not like the others  —  Former President Donald Trump announced himself on Wednesday …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
USA Today becomes the final major national daily to launch a paywall, although breaking news remains free; Gannett's digital outlets have 90M visitors per month  —  When USA Today was introduced nearly 40 years ago, its short articles, copious charts and detailed weather coverage were disdained …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
MEL Magazine will be revived after Recurrent Ventures acquires the men's health and culture outlet from Dollar Shave Club; 18 of MEL's ~24 staff will be rehired  —  Recurrent Ventures, a venture-equity-backed digital media company, is acquiring MEL Magazine, a men's health and culture publication, from Dollar Shave Club
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
Nikole Hannah-Jones declines tenure at UNC and will teach at Howard University: “I cannot imagine working at... a school named for a man who lobbied against me”  —  Today, award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones announced that she has declined an offer of tenure from the University …
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Stitcher:
Stitcher releases its second annual podcasting report, and top listening hours remain from 11am to 2pm instead of during peak commuting times  —  What listening behaviors, show preferences and listener profiles looked like during the COVID-19 pandemic.  —  It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic …
Discussion: RAIN News and Hollywood Reporter
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Reviewed, which Gannett acquired last year for $160M to compete with NYT's Wirecutter and which has doubled staff to 80 employees in 18 months  —  USA Today publisher sees Reviewed as potential engine for digital growth, seeking to cash in on e-commerce boom
Discussion: @ronlieber, Thanks:@megan
Max Willens / Digiday:
Job listings suggest Amazon is planning a third-party marketplace for media and ad tech vendors that offer services to publishers  —  Amazon took over the world by becoming the backbone of millions of sellers' e-commerce operations.  It is taking its first steps in the direction of what it hopes …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
London's Evening Standard reports a loss of £17M, with revenue down 31% to £44M, in the year to September 27, 2020, as the pandemic kept commuters at home  —  Freesheet's revenues fall by 31% for the 12 months to 27 September  —  The Evening Standard has reported a loss …
Discussion: City A.M.
 
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BBC:
Peter R de Vries, a prominent Dutch journalist known for exposing mobsters, has been shot and seriously wounded minutes after leaving a TV studio in Amsterdam
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Outbrain, which filed for an IPO last week, raises $200M from Boston-based hedge fund Baupost Group
Sara Fischer / Axios:
CB Insights has ~1M newsletter subscribers, including 750K for its flagship newsletter, serving as a blueprint for companies using content to bolster business
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
How NYT is using Instagram slides and Twitter cards to highlight parts of a story, including tidbits that competitors don't have, and to debunk misinfo
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Facebook waiving Bulletin's fees at launch is a classic Silicon Valley tactic used to quash competitors, exemplifying a strategy critics think should be illegal
Catie Keck / The Verge:
Starting in 2022, Universal and DreamWorks films will stream exclusively on Peacock for the first and last 4 months of the 18-month “pay-one” licensing window
Kristen Chick / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sources describe years of complaints from colleagues and freelancers about NYT's international picture editor David Furst, before his quiet departure in April