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12:15 PM ET, July 4, 2018

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Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
A look at NJ's bill to use $5M to support local media: five universities as collaborators, a board to oversee grants, language emphasizing media independence  —  The dollar amount isn't huge, and it will barely put a dent in the crisis of local news.  But it's also an official statement …
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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.
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 …
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
A look at changes WhatsApp can make to curb misinformation after violence in India, including making messages private by default and forwarding only by consent  —  With over 200 million users in India, WhatsApp has a massive Fake News and misinformation problem.
Stephen Carlisle / Nova Southeastern University:
A VA district court ruling that commercial use of a photo found on the internet was fair use ignored key provisions of the Copyright Act and disregarded facts  —  On June 11, 2018, another head scratching decision came out of the Eastern District of Virginia, one that has the potential …
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
On Tuesday, Wikipedia Italy set all of its pages to redirect to a statement protesting a July 5 EU Parliament initial vote on changes to copyright law  —  Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union's copyright laws that critics …
Maria Abi-Habib / New York Times:
Sri Lankan lawmakers held a news conference to try to discredit local New York Times journalists by accusing them of being paid by the current government  —  NEW DELHI — Sri Lankan lawmakers allied with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have publicly denounced The New York Times in recent days …
 
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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Sources say Google's delay in joining a consortium of ad tech companies has complicated its members' GDPR compliance efforts
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
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”
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Reuters:
Chinese state media group CMC says it raised $1.49B from Alibaba and Tencent in a deal valuing the company at around $60B
Discussion: Variety
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
Discussion: FierceCable
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
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