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9:50 AM ET, July 14, 2021

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Joyce Karam / The National:
DOJ charges 4 Iranian intelligence officials with conspiracy to kidnap a US journalist, citizen, and activist of Iranian origin and forcibly take her to Tehran  —  Accused men monitored and planned to kidnap US citizen of Iranian origin and take her to Iran, officials say
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook employees detail a clash over CrowdTangle, a tool that showed high engagement with right-wing media, which was moved under the Integrity team in April  —  Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users' high engagement levels with right-wing media sources.
Washington Post:
Court documents show the Trump DOJ sought WaPo reporters' records in the last days of Barr's tenure, seeking to find sources of three stories in 2017 on Russia  —  Newly unsealed court documents show the Trump Justice Department sought a court order for the communications records …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Profile of Disney's powerful chief communications officer for 19 years, Zenia B. Mucha, who will leave in 2022; she was paid $4.9M in total 2020 compensation  —  For almost two decades, Zenia B. Mucha has been responsible for protecting the vaunted Disney brand and has held influence far beyond her official duties.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Emmy nominations: HBO and HBO Max get 130, followed by 129 for Netflix and 71 for Disney+; NBC is the fourth most-nominated with only 46 nods  —  Netflix and the expanded world of HBO and HBO Max made it a duel this year in race to gather the most Primetime Emmy nominations overall.
Reuters:
Twitter says governments made 361 demands to remove content from 199 verified accounts of journalists and news outlets in H2 2020, up 26% from H1  —  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) saw a surge in demands over the course of last year from governments around the world to take down content posted …
Catie Keck / The Verge:
Netflix launches two tools for parents: a Top 10 row for age-restricted profiles and a bi-weekly Kids Recap Email to give insights into watching habits  —  Just like on regular Netflix  —  Netflix is launching two new tools this week that should help make finding age-appropriate content …
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
Substack to launch Substack Grow next month, a free six-session course over Zoom to help writers build a following and earn their first $1,000  —  The top 10 publishers on Substack bring in more than $20 million a year in subscriptions, underpinning the newsletter platform's revenue growth.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Shep Smith's plunging ratings at CNBC, averaging just 197,000 viewers in June, have fostered internal turmoil, including “regular tantrums” from Smith  —  The ex-Fox anchor's much-hyped new show has failed to bring in viewers and, per insiders, it has struggled …
Discussion: @brianstelter
Sebastian Payne / Financial Times:
Sources: BBC Parliament faces significant cuts, with staffing levels cut to single figures, as the corporation seeks £1B in savings by March 2022  —  Rolling coverage of party conferences will end in autumn along with special daily shows  —  The BBC's dedicated political channel …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media and News UK launch first-party data platforms, called Bauer Illuminate and Nucleus, as they prepare for a future without third-party cookies  —  Bauer Media and News UK are the latest publishers to launch new first-party data platforms as the industry prepares for an internet without third-parties cookies.
 
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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
PE firm Permira says it has bought a 10.2% stake in Norway-listed online classifieds giant Adevinta, worth €1.9B, from eBay
Laura Miller / Slate:
Q&A with Eric Nelson, executive editor of HarperCollins' conservative imprint Broadside Books, on campaigns to cancel the contracts of some conservatives, more
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Biden's EO encouraging the FTC to curtail noncompete clauses could affect TV journalists and high-profile print journalists, who are frequently faced with them
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: indie film and TV studio A24 recently explored a sale, floating an asking price of $2.5B-$3B; Apple was among the companies that talked with the studio
Brent Lang / Variety:
Netflix and Universal extend a deal giving Netflix exclusive rights in the US to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group's animated films after 4 months on Peacock
The Information:
Sources: LeBron James' entertainment business, SpringHill Company, is exploring a sale at a valuation that could reach $750M, and Nike is considering an offer
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Observer plans a relaunch in the coming months with a new EIC, Meg Marco, formerly of ProPublica; the outlet has a staff of 10 and wants to hire eight more
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Sources: in an employee meeting, Atlantic CEO said the magazine lost $20M+ in 2020, was on track to lose $10M this year, and would turn a small profit in 2023
Gaspard Sebag / Bloomberg:
France fines Google $593M for failing to comply with a 2020 order to negotiate in good faith with publishers for displaying article snippets in Google News
Chris Quinn / Plain Dealer:
Editor of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer says its decision to ignore false statements and stunts by politicians is working well, with readers responding favorably