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9:35 PM ET, July 6, 2022


 Top News: 
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Analysis: “Democrats cheat” and similar ideas have been raised 5K+ times on radio shows in 2022; radio remains perhaps the most influential medium for the right  —  Election fraud claims from 2020 are widespread on talk radio, contributing to the belief that the midterm results cannot be trusted.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Stranger Things' creators Matt and Ross Duffer form Upside Down Pictures, hire Hilary Leavitt to run the company, and recommit to Netflix with several projects  —  EXCLUSIVE: Following the record-breaking release of the two final episodes of Stranger Things' Season 4, creators Matt & Ross Duffer …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Peter Chernin debuts The North Road Company, rolling up Red Arrow, Chernin Entertainment, and Words + Pictures, backed by $800M, source says at a $1B+ valuation  —  North Road will house Chernin Entertainment; U.S. assets of Red Arrow Studios; and Words + Pictures, with more acquisitions to follow.
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore names Jon Carpenter as CEO, succeeding Bill Livek, who announced his planned retirement earlier in 2022; Carpenter served as CFO since November 2021  —  The executive succeeds Bill Livek, who previously announced his retirement. … Carpenter takes over the role after having served …
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, a longtime aide to Biden, is leaving the administration later this summer  —  Longtime Biden aide who played a key role in his 2020 campaign to leave post later this summer  —  WASHINGTON—White House communications director Kate Bedingfield …
Megha Paul /
San Jose-based Xperi, which runs TiVo, acquires Oslo-based OTT and hybrid TV solutions service Vewd for $109M in cash and debt, to help with its TiVo+ expansion  —  The deal will give Xperi an installed European footprint of about 15 million devices and pave the way for an expansion of TiVo+ …
Erik Crouch / Committee to Protect Journalists:
The CPJ says the US should ensure accountability in Shireen Abu Akleh's killing, after a US investigation found “no reason to believe that this was intentional”  —  The U.S. government should ensure that those responsible for the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akhleh …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Survey: Americans' confidence in major US institutions between 2021 and 2022 fell from 21% to 16% for newspapers and dropped from 16% to 11% for television news  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions than they were a year ago, with significant declines …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries decides not to intervene in Newsquest's takeover of fellow regional publisher Archant  —  Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has decided not to intervene in Newsquest's takeover of fellow regional publisher Archant.  —  She made the decision …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros., and others cut costs, staff, movies, and TV shows; the industry released 559 scripted shows in 2021, up by 200+ compared to 2013  —  The sudden decline in Netflix's share price and the growing fear of a recession have forced Hollywood into a new period of fiscal austerity.
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Former AMC and Fox TV Studios president David Madden joins Wattpad Webtoon Studios as global head of entertainment after his departure from Berlanti Productions
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Matt Ott / Associated Press:
The union for 250+ workers at News Corp's HarperCollins says 99% of members authorized a strike if the publisher fails to meet demands for better pay and more
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Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Sources: TikTok abandons plans to expand its TikTok Shop live e-commerce program to Europe and the US, after internal problems and a lack of traction in the UK
Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
The Associated Press reopens its Gaza Strip bureau in a new location over a year after an Israeli airstrike destroyed the building housing its former office
Alex J. Rouhandeh / Newsweek:
IBT Media sues Newsweek and its CEO, seeking to cancel the 2018 deal to spin out Newsweek, which IBT claims was a PR stunt to shield the magazine from bad press
Stephen Grey / Reuters:
In an interview from jail, the man accused of detonating the car bomb that killed Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia confesses to the crime

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

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