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9:15 PM ET, July 19, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
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 …
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.
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.
The Daily Beast:
Britt McHenry settles sexual harassment lawsuit with Fox News; sources: McHenry will leave the network and Fox Nation  —  “Although I fully stand by the truth of my allegations, I am pleased to put this matter behind me and move forward with my career," McHenry told The Daily Beast.
Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
The top 10 biggest spenders in US media spent an estimated $1.74B, or 45% of their combined TV budgets, on ads during NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL games in 2020  —  If there's any downside to the glutton's buffet that is the Sunday NFL experience, that 12-hour, three-window smorgasbord of circus catches …
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 …
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof decided to take a leave of absence last month as he considers the possibility of a Democratic bid for Oregon governor
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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