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12:15 PM ET, July 19, 2021


 Top News: 
David Pegg / The Guardian:
Leaked list shows 180+ journalists, working for FT, CNN, NYT, WSJ, and others, are among potential targets of surveillance by government clients of NSO Group  —  Data leak and forensics suggest NSO's surveillance tool used against journalists at some of world's top media companies
The Guardian:
Over 80 journalists from 16 outlets, members of the Forbidden Stories consortium, collaborated on the Pegasus project, which investigated the NSO Group leak  —  The Pegasus project poses urgent questions about the privatisation of the surveillance industry and the lack of safeguards for citizens
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN says its streaming service CNN+ will debut in Q1 2022, with original content, a library of past CNN programming, and 8-12 hours of live, daily programming  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN is hiring hundreds of people and developing dozens of programs for a subscription streaming service that will launch early next year.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Q&A with CNN's chief digital officer about CNN+; sources: CNN+ will probably be bundled with HBO Max and Discovery+ after WarnerMedia/Discovery merger is closed  —  CNN disclosed the first details of its long-awaited new subscription streaming service Monday, which will launch …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: NBC News' Kasie Hunt is moving to CNN, which offered her a salary between $1M and $1.5M/year as it seeks to hire talent for its streaming programming
Helen Rosner / New Yorker:
Experts say consent and disclosure are key to the ethical use of synthetic media, amid controversy surrounding Bourdain's deepfake voice in a new documentary  —  The new documentary “Roadrunner” uses A.I.-generated audio without disclosing it to viewers.  How should we feel about that?
MIT Technology Review:
MIT Technology Review names BuzzFeed News' executive editor Mat Honan as its new editor in chief  —  Honan brings a track record of building and running award-winning digital reporting teams to storied, 122-year-old MIT Technology Review.  —  MIT Technology Review announced today …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the share of viewers' TV usage per day grew for cable and streaming services in June to 40% and 27% respectively, while it fell for broadcast to 23%  —  ‘Manifest,’ meanwhile, is the top streaming title in Nielsen's rankings for June 14-20 and ‘Loki’ rises to No. 1 among originals.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
National Association of Theatre Owners claims Black Widow's opening weekend may have been $92M+ instead of $80M if it had not simultaneously launched on Disney+  —  Disney announced in March that “Black Widow,” among several of its 2021 films, would premiere simultaneously …
Eric Frederick / NC Local News Workshop:
Q&A with NC Policy Watch reporter Joe Killian on covering the Nikole Hannah-Jones story, his philosophy of reporting, the failures of journalism, and more  —  Check out the full NC Local newsletter from July 14, which includes related reporting on this UNC story, details …
Discussion: @ncnewsworks and @hbcompass
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Daily Wire launches the Morning Wire, a daily morning news podcast being pitched as a conservative alternative to The Daily  —  The Daily Wire on Monday launched its newest podcast, “The Morning Wire,” a 14-minute morning news update that's being pitched as the conservative alternative to shows like …
Discussion: @sarafischer
Nikkei Asia:
FT and its parent company Nikkei will open their first joint bureau in Houston, Texas, as a hub to cover the energy industry  —  First joint office will track policy, corporate management trends and US economy  —  TOKYO — Nikkei Inc. on Monday announced that together with the Financial Times …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: LiveU, an Israel-based developer of live broadcasting and streaming tech used by 3K+ media organizations, to be acquired by PE firm Carlyle for $400M
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Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Interview with BuzzFeed News climate and science reporter Zahra Hirji, on lessons of pandemic reporting and how to share context on climate throughout newsrooms
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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