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2:45 PM ET, July 15, 2021


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Daily Beast EIC Noah Shachtman named EIC of Rolling Stone, starting in August; Daily Beast executive editor Tracy Connor will serve as interim EIC  —  Noah Shachtman, an experienced online journalist with a newsy sensibility, will lead the pop music bible founded in 1967.
Netflix hires ex-Facebook and EA exec Mike Verdu as VP of game development; source: Netflix plans to offer games as a new programming genre within the next year  —  Netflix Inc., marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Citizen Lab says government hackers using spyware from an Israeli company created sites impersonating news outlets, with names including Euro News and CNN 24-7  —  Researchers say web domains masquerading as activist, health and media groups are used by governments to hack targets
Associated Press:
Renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries, who was shot last week in Amsterdam, has died  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Peter R. de Vries, the renowned Dutch crime reporter shot last week in a brazen attack in Amsterdam, has died, Dutch media reported Thursday citing a statement from his family.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Charter signs a carriage deal under which it will distribute ViacomCBS's Paramount+, Pluto TV, BET+, and Noggin as well as its linear channels  —  ViacomCBS and Charter Communications, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, have struck a new multi-year carriage deal that includes distribution for streaming services.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
MSNBC renames its streaming channel on Peacock to The Choice and will add programming, including a show featuring debriefs with WaPo journalists  —  Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace and Jonathan Capehart are among the MSNBC anchors taking on new programming duties — but not on MSNBC.
Discussion: The Streamable and TVNewser
Russian authorities have banned the investigative outlet Proekt as an “undesirable organization” and labeled its journalists, among others, as foreign agents  —  The Russian authorities have banned the investigative outlet Proekt as an “undesirable organization” and blacklisted its journalists as “foreign agents.”
Discussion: The Moscow Times
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India-based Inshorts, an aggregator app that summarizes news articles in 60 words, raises $60M, sources say at a $550M valuation  —  Indian startup Inshorts, which operates an eponymous news aggregator service, has raised $60 million in a new financing round as its two-year-old bet …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBCU says it closed a record-setting upfront with $500M for Peacock; sources say ad commitments were over $7B and Peacock CPMs are 50% higher than Hulu's  —  NBCUniversal has closed a record-setting upfront, improving over 2019 levels with an overall advertising haul described by insiders as comfortably north of $7 billion.
Discussion: Ad Age and
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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Twitter says it will retire Fleets, its stories-like service, on August 3 after low adoption
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook staff detail the fight over CrowdTangle, which notes top-engaging posts, often showing right-wing sources dominating; in April, its team was reassigned