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4:15 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
Washington Post:
Of the seven phones known to be infected with NSO malware in India, out of 22 checked, five belonged to journalists  —  NEW DELHI — A powerful surveillance tool licensed only to governments was used to infiltrate mobile phones belonging to at least seven people in India and was active …
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 …
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Jamie Hopkins / Center for Public Integrity:
Center for Public Integrity announces Paul Cheung, the director of journalism and technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, as its new CEO  —  Paul Cheung, a veteran journalist and leading advocate for innovative change in media, has been named chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Internal email shows Fox Corp. has implemented its own version of a vaccine passport, allowing staff to self-report the dates their shots were administered  —  New York (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson has called the idea of vaccine passports the medical equivalent of “Jim Crow” laws.
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 …
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: @benshapiro and @sarafischer
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?
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Emmanuel Akinwotu / The Guardian:
Nigeria's broadcasting regulator asks TV stations to limit reporting of rising security crises in the country and withhold details of incidents and victims
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
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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%
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:
Courts generally bar journalists from using recording devices in trials; ending the ban would let reporters add color to stories and sometimes improve accuracy