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8:10 AM 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
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?
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.
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  —  Streaming is the name of the content game these days, and now one of the companies that builds tech to do this from anywhere in the world is getting acquired.
Discussion: calcalist
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
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  —  Welcome to Galaxy Brain — a newsletter from Charlie Warzel about technology, media, and culture.  You can read what this is all about here.
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  —  In his job as a staff writer for the Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal, Matthew Sasser is used to reading about the alleged misdeeds of other people, not about himself.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Filing: AMC settles a profit-sharing suit with ex-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, CAA; Darabont and CAA get $200M and part of future streaming revenue  —  AMC and Frank Darabont have reached a settlement that will end the long-running “Walking Dead” profits participation lawsuit between the two.
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  —  CNN has snatched Kasie Hunt, the Capitol Hill correspondent long viewed as a rising star at NBC News, as part of an aggressive bid …
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Sources: ByteDance's news aggregator Jinri Toutiao has been blocking new user and content creator registrations since Sept. at the behest of Chinese regulators
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
How movie studios are using Cameo, Twitter Spaces, and TikTok to create personalized ads and experiences to attract audiences
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
HFPA approves draft bylaws that forbid acceptance of promotional materials or gifts from studios, publicists, actors, and others; a final vote is in August
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
 Earlier Picks: 
T.A. Frank / New York Magazine:
Q&A with ex-NYT reporter Barry Meier on his book Spooked, about the industry of private spies and how they feed reporters scoops, including the Steele dossier
The Daily Beast:
Sources: NYT's Karen Crouse has been suspended and won't cover the Olympics for NYT, after she wrote a story about Michael Phelps, with whom she has a book deal
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Lionsgate acquires a 20% stake in Spyglass Media and the vast majority of its ~200 feature film titles, another sign of content's increasing value
Discussion: The Streamable and MediaPost
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Automattic, owner of Tumblr, buys podcast app Pocket Casts from a public radio collective that includes NPR, which reportedly lost $800K on it last year
Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan; Afghan official says he was caught in the crossfire of a clash he was covering