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4:47 PM ET, June 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Profile of American Media CEO David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump who says the National Enquirer supports the president because its readers do  —  The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit.  Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down, will likely stay until a replacement is found  —  The streaming music giant doesn't have a replacement for its founder lined up.  —  Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down as the streaming music company's leader …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook courts talent agencies as it prepares to debut TV-quality shows by late summer with budgets of up to $3M/episode, as well as short-form videos  —  Facebook is talking to Hollywood studios and agencies about producing TV-quality shows with an eye toward launching original programming …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago  —  Cross one off the list.  —  Everyone wants to sell internet video subscriptions.  Except Vimeo: IAC's video unit, which had announced three years ago that it wanted to launch …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Fox Sports is eliminating its ~20-person web writing staff, based in Los Angeles, to invest in online video production  —  About 20 staffers will lose jobs in department's transition  —  Fox Sports 1 gains in ratings against ESPN with opinion shows  —  21st Century Fox Inc.'s sports department …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Uptime, YouTube's experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all  —  YouTube's experimental app Uptime, which lets you watch videos with friends while reacting and commenting, has now opened up to all users.  The app was first launched in March of this year …
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Wired:
A look at some Alt-Right wiki sites, which were created as an alternative to Wikipedia and its perceived liberal bias  —  Vox Day thinks that Wikipedia is the worst.  But the things that bug him aren't the typical complaints you'll hear about the crowd-sourced encyclopedia …
Sheila N. Dang / Reuters:
Time Inc. licences Fortune brand to Barclays for stock indexes based on Fortune 500  —  Time Inc (TIME.N) said Monday it will license its Fortune brand for stock indexes based on the Fortune 500 in a new partnership with Barclays PLC (BARC.L) in an effort to diversify Time's revenue into the growing index-investing business.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Catalina Albeanu /
Inside Blankspot, a fully reader-backed reporting initiative to cover underreported stories in Sweden, started by journalist Martin Schibbye  —  The organisation has story-specific Facebook groups where the public can contribute their knowledge or follow journalists on reporting trips
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Ex-US attorney Preet Bharara will join Some Spider Studios, his brother's media company, as EVP, and will write articles for the firm's entertainment site, CafeNEW!
The Guardian:
Guardian US is partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Rockefeller Foundation to publish stories from under-covered US regions
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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon wants to charge advertisers $2.8M for 30-second spots during the NFL games it will stream to its Prime customers this coming season
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Ghana-based media startup OMG Digital, dubbed the BuzzFeed of Africa, raises $1.1M from investors including Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
 Earlier Picks: 
Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Analysis finds predominantly negative coverage of Muslims and refugees on CBS, Fox, and NBC news programs contributes to negative public opinion of Muslims
Julissa Treviño / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with AP's Venezuela foreign correspondent Hannah Dreier on her three-year-long assignment in the country ahead of her move to ProPublica next month
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Pakistani journalists see an increase in attacks from religious extremists, criminals, government agencies, and the military as torture becomes the norm