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8:35 PM ET, July 9, 2021


 Top News: 
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
News Corp has shut down its news aggregation service Knewz after just 18 months, citing a lack of profits  —  News Corp shuttered its the aggregation site Knewz on Friday, just 18 months after its launch.  Users who navigated to the site found an announcement declaring, “Knewz is no more.”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix will benefit from Biden's EO as net neutrality resurfaces and competitors' mergers face scrutiny, such as the Amazon-MGM and WarnerMedia-Discovery deals  —  The streaming giant should welcome — even celebrate — the White House's efforts to promote competition.  Why?  Look closely.
Josh Sisco / The Information:
Sources: the FTC has opened an in-depth investigation into Amazon's purchase of MGM  —  Any hopes that Amazon had of completing its $8.5 billion purchase of movie and TV studio MGM anytime soon may have just gone out the window.  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Friday opened …
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Apple has had discussions with NFL execs to buy streaming rights for Sunday Ticket games, which currently air on DirecTV  —  Apple has expressed interest in the streaming rights for a package of National Football League games the NFL is now auctioning, said people familiar with the situation …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Industries with digital presences, from Walgreens to Home Depot, are developing ad revenue lines, following in the footsteps of media and tech giants  —  Now that the ad market is booming again, all sorts of businesses are doubling down on their investments selling ad space.
Financial Times:
Sources: a BBC board member with close government ties stalled the hiring of ex-HuffPost UK EIC Jess Brammar to oversee news channels, on political grounds  —  Sir Robbie Gibb concerned that preferred candidate would damage relations with government  —  BBC News is facing a test …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
G/O Media's editorial head Jim Rich has left the company, sources say after clashes with other executives at the company  —  GONE  —  G/O Media's top editorial employee has left the company following internal clashes with other higher-ups at the company, according to multiple sources with knowledge.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
TV news crews are increasingly threatened with violence on the job: in industry survey, 86% of station managers said they made security changes in the past year  —  TV reporter Dillon Collier went to cover the aftermath of a house fire in a San Antonio neighborhood Monday morning.  A routine story, he thought.
Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
Juul paid $51K to have the American Journal of Health Behavior devote an entire issue to 11 Juul-funded studies, including a fee to make the issue open access  —  The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix hires former Apple executive N'Jeri Eaton to oversee podcasting; Eaton, who previously worked for NPR, will be part of the editorial and publishing team  —  Netflix Inc. has hired former Apple Inc. executive N'Jeri Eaton to oversee its podcasting business, a sign of the video streaming giant's growing ambitions in audio.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Readers opt to subscribe either to premium news outlets or local ones, while USA Today's subscription offering, unbundled from local Gannett papers, is neither  —  The marketplace for online news has thus far rewarded (a) premium quality and (b) local connection.
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