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9:10 AM ET, June 27, 2017

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Three CNN staffers resign after retracted Russia-Scaramucci story: reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau, and CNN Investigates executive editor Lex Haris  —  Thomas Frank, a reporter for “CNN Investigates,” last Thursday appeared to have a compelling exclusive on the story of the year.
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:
Zillow sends cease and desist letter to architectural criticism blog McMansion Hell for using its images for parody  —  Real estate aggregator site Zillow has sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of McMansion Hell, the most popular lampooner of suburban ticky-tacky monstrosities.
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?
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Facebook video ad viewability rates range from 20% to 30%, far below the industry average, according to nine agency execs who started using third-party auditors  —  Facebook's metrics woes may be far from over.  —  After fessing up to a string of measurement errors over the past six months …
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
A list of all the questions Fox News, the only TV network with access to President Trump, asked him and his top aides  —  There is a LOT happening in America right now: A debate over a controversial health care bill that could impact millions of Americans.  Threats from North Korea.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox has received regulatory approval for its Sky takeover bid from the Republic of Ireland and is now just awaiting approval from the UK  —  That leaves the U.K. as the final market where a regulatory review is still ongoing.  —  21st Century Fox said Tuesday …
Discussion: Variety
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Sofia Vergara's Latino-focused media company Raze launches a mobile-first digital platform  —  Mobile-first portal can be accessed at raze.tv  —  Raze, the Latino-focused media company founded by “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara and longtime entertainment execs Emiliano Calemzuk and Luis Balaguer …
Discussion: Variety
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 …
Twitter:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives  —  Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism …
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, Cafe  —  Since Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, was abruptly fired in March by President Trump, speculation has swirled about what he would do next.
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 …
 
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The Guardian:
Guardian US is partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Rockefeller Foundation to publish stories from under-covered US regions
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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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
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down, will likely stay until a replacement is found
Sheila N. Dang / Reuters:
Time Inc. licences Fortune brand to Barclays for stock indexes based on Fortune 500
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Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Behind “Killing Pavel”, a new documentary by an international team of reporters that investigated the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine last year