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7:30 PM ET, June 27, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: morale at CNN is low after the resignation of three staffers, with some questioning the harshness of the punishment  —  CNN President Jeff Zucker sought to rally employees on Tuesday morning after three staffers resigned over the network's retracted Russia story.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Project Veritas releases video of man it alleges is CNN supervising producer John Bonifield, criticizing the network's Trump-Russia coverage  —  The video, which arrives after three journalists resigned over a retracted Russia story, is from conservative provocateur James O'Keefe.
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders urges everyone to watch an anti-CNN video by James O'Keefe, adding “whether it's accurate or not, I don't know”  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders urges people to watch video that shows CNN producer criticizing network's coverage - despite not being able to vouch for its accuracy
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Axel Springer and Murdoch's News Corp applaud EU Commission's fine of $2.7B against Google for abusing search engine dominance  —  The European Commission penalized Google for violating antitrust rules.  —  Major media companies have a well-documented love-hate relationship with tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Pandora winds down operations in Australia and New Zealand, the only territories where it operates outside of the US
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Guild at The Washington Post protests updated social media policy that lets management fire employees who disparage business partners, advertisers, more  —  You can be fired if your social-media activity “adversely affects The Post's customers, advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners.”
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
An analysis of 100M headlines published between March and May of 2017 reveals some of the most effective phrases for engagement, topped by “will make you”  —  Jostling for readers for your listicle on Facebook?  Aim for the number “10” in your headline.  —  Trying to promote a story on Twitter?
Discussion: BuzzSumo, ClickZ and Fast Company
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Google News unveils desktop redesign that highlights fact checking sites, streamlines design, and offers more personalization  —  “To give them that multitude of facts, voices, and perspectives, you want the UI to disappear and not be a sense of overload or cognitive load on them but just be transparent."
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 …
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.
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 More News: 
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Despite denouncing Milo Yiannopoulos, emails and documents show Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow worked with him on his new company, MILO, Inc.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Toronto Star, “surprised by low numbers,” is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app
Discussion: Globe and Mail and CANADALAND
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Discussion: Variety
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Sofia Vergara's Latino-focused media company Raze launches a mobile-first digital platform
Discussion: Variety
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
Discussion: Gothamist