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11:50 AM ET, July 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
SEC filing: Elon Musk notified Twitter he wants to end the merger agreement, claiming it didn't provide him the info he requested; stock is down 6%+ after hours  —  Billionaire Elon Musk wants to end his deal to buy Twitter, according to a letter sent by a lawyer on his behalf to the company's chief legal officer Friday.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WWE's Vince McMahon agreed to pay $12M+ over 16 years to four women formerly affiliated with WWE, over claims of sexual misconduct and infidelity  —  The longtime chief of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. secured nondisclosure agreements to keep secret allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity
Agence France-Presse:
Rappler says Maria Ressa has lost her appeal against a conviction for cyber libel but the outlet says she will seek further legal remedy  —  Peace prize winner and veteran journalist faces lengthy jail sentence  —  Philippines' Nobel peace prize winner, Maria Ressa, has lost her appeal …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
The NFL's Roger Goodell confirms that streaming service NFL Plus will start this season and says the league will pick a Sunday Ticket streaming partner by fall  —  It could arrive in time for next season  —  The NFL is working on its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CNBC in an interview.
Chelsea Curtis / Arizona Republic:
AZ makes it illegal for people within 8 feet of law enforcement activity to record police, with exceptions for those involved; Gannett, others opposed the bill  —  People will no longer be allowed to take close-range recordings of Arizona police under a new bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday.
Haya Abushkhaidem / Reuters Institute …:
How Israel has attacked Palestinian journalists: since 2000, IDF has killed at least 30 journalists, per RSF, and MADA documented 368 Israeli violations in 2021  —  “This was not a one-time incident.  Palestinian journalists have long been subjected to arrests and attacks," Haya Abushkhaidem writes
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Intercept
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
Tencent's WeChat closes Bloomberg's Daybreak financial news account, accusing it of violating Chinese regulations; other Bloomberg WeChat accounts remain up  —  Trams and cast-iron postboxes speak to the history of the city, while delicacies such as fishballs and egg waffles are street food essentials …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @niubi
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
Cinedigm announces Cineverse, a new AVOD service offering 15+ free ad-supported linear streaming channels and more than 46K VOD titles, launching in late August  —  Matchpoint Blueprint 2.0 uses AI and machine learning to enhance viewing experience  —  Cinedigm said it will use an enhanced version …
Tim Baysinger / Axios:
CoComelon's managing director says it wants to expand beyond North America and Europe, cater to kids as old as eight, and venture into gaming  —  Exit Content Preview  —  Moonbug Entertainment, owner of popular children's series like “CoComelon,” plans to grow its international business …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
A judge rules in favor of Prince Harry's claim that the Mail on Sunday defamed him, after Meghan Markle won a similar case in December 2021  —  Prince Harry has followed in his wife Meghan Markle's footsteps by winning the first stage of his legal claim against British tabloid the Mail on Sunday.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
City Bureau, whose Documenters program trains citizens to attend and document public meetings, has received $10M as a winner of the Stronger Democracy Award  —  As local news withers, one oft-heard concern is that its decline means that public meetings — and developments that affect residents …
Washington Post:
David Shipley, top editor of Bloomberg's opinion section, is named editor of The Washington Post editorial page, managing 80+ staffers starting after Labor Day  —  The longtime editor at Bloomberg will succeed the late Fred Hiatt as the first leader of the section hired from outside of The Post.
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Peter White / Deadline:
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Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson dodged Ben Smith's questions with ease in an interview during Semafor's pre-launch event by deflecting, lying, and attacking the questioner
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Comedian Lewis Black sues SiriusXM's Pandora, claiming that the company ran recordings of his performances without obtaining the copyright to his written work