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5:50 PM ET, July 3, 2018

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The New York Times says reporter Ali Watkins, whose email and phone records were seized by the US government, will be transferred to a new beat in New York  —  Ali Watkins, the New York Times reporter whose email and phone records were secretly seized by the Trump administration …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook's political ads disclosure algorithm blocks ads for lawn-mowing, waxing salons, Walmart, and more that use the words “bush” and “Clinton”  —  Under rules for the new archive that strives for transparency in politics, all sorts of organizations with names linked …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Some high school newspapers find themselves censored by administrators for writing about school shootings, sexuality, and the reasons for a teacher's dismissal  —  High school educators across the country have been clamping down on students who publish articles on protests, sexuality and other hot-button issues.
Marcy Wheeler / emptywheel:
Marcy Wheeler, author of natsec-focused emptywheel blog, says she went to FBI in 2017 about a source she thinks is lying and had role in Russian election attack  —  I'd like to put a human face — my own — to the risk posed by GOP gamesmanship on the Mueller investigation.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Sources say Google's delay in joining a consortium of ad tech companies has complicated its members' GDPR compliance efforts  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google's delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members' push to comply with a new European privacy law …
Parker Higgins / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation releases open source framework Track The News to help create Twitter bots that can track news subjects across sites  —  Freedom of the Press Foundation is releasing a free software Python program called Track The News, which for several months we've used …
Discussion: @trevortimm
Matthew Townsend / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble fires CEO Demos Parneros for allegedly violating policies, says the action was unrelated to financial reporting  —  - Book and gift seller declines to say why he'd been terminated  — High-level executives at a slew of companies have been ousted
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
In trial against startup Six4Three, Facebook argues it's a publisher with the free speech right to take away data access but also claims Section 230 protection  —  In its defense against a former app startup, Facebook is contradicting its long-held claim to be simply a neutral platform
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources say Verizon spent about $1.2B on the failed go90, including the purchase of OnCue and Vessel, in an effort without clear market research  —  As far as launch parties go, Verizon's September 2015 event for Go90 had it all: a Kanye West concert, a live performance of Funny or Die's …
Discussion: Fortune and Light Reading
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
WaPo's open shop union, lacking leverage, encourages members to accept insulting terms of new two-year contract, like $15/week raises, cuts in overtime payments  —  If you can't work up any outrage at being ripped off by the richest man in America, how do you ever expect to win anything?
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Source: BBC Worldwide is in talks with Channel 4 to purchase the 50% of UKTV it doesn't own from Discovery for £500M  —  Broadcaster, 50% controlled by BBC Worldwide, is major source of profit for the BBC  —  The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 tomount a £500m bid to take control of UKTV …
Discussion: FierceCable
 
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Chinese state media group CMC says it raised $1.49B from Alibaba and Tencent in a deal valuing the company at around $60B
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Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
DirecTV Now prices go up by $5/month, but two months ago, AT&T said in a court filing that buying Time Warner would “enable the merged company to reduce prices”
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Atlantic Media says it will sell its subsidiary Quartz to Japanese financial intelligence and media firm Uzabase for between $75M and $100M in cash and stock