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6:30 PM ET, July 11, 2018

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Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Twitter says over the next week it will adjust users' follower counts to no longer include locked accounts, dropping Twitter's combined follower count by ~6%  —  Perhaps a healthier Twitter is one with smaller follower counts—even if that comes as a blow to your ego.  That's what the company is hoping, anyway.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will roll out news shows for Facebook Watch from July 16, with the lineup including shows from CNN, Fox News, Quartz, Bloomberg, Univision, ATTN:, Mic  —  Facebook will launch a slate of video shows on its video platform, Watch, on July 16.  —  Why it matters: The tech giant …
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
21st Century Fox Inc. boosts its bid for Sky TV, offering £14 per share and valuing the company at £24.5B, topping Comcast's offer of £22B  —  - Offer is now 12 percent higher than Comcast's bid for Sky  — Sky is part of a wider battle between Comcast and Disney
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Bloomberg:
Comcast increases its offer for Sky to £14.75 per share, valuing Sky at £26B, following Fox's increased bid to £14 per share  —  Comcast Corp. increased its takeover bid for Sky Plc, topping an offer from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. and escalating a global standoff between the media giants.
Discussion: @hadas_gold, Variety and @tictoc
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Writing in the BBC's annual report, the corporation's Chairman David Clementi says British content faces a threat from the “west coast of America”  —  The U.K. public broadcaster in its annual report says BBC Worldwide, which after the end of the fiscal year was merged with its production arm …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:   BBC's annual report reveals that just two of the corporation's top 20 highest paid stars are female, despite efforts to address gender pay gap
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are in negotiations over material for a follow-up “Game Change” book and TV-mini series, most of which Halperin holds  —  Until their split last year, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were the golden boys of American political journalism.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Sinclair to launch STIRR, a new streaming VOD app, which would include a 24/7 news channel, TV shows, movies, and sports, by year-end  —  The local TV giant expects to release the streaming app this year, according to sources familiar with the project.
Discussion: The Hill, FierceCable and @amy_siskind
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Washington Post:
UK watchdog gives Facebook a preliminary fine of about $664,000, the maximum allowed, for letting Cambridge Analytica access data about millions of people
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV went down during a crucial World Cup match, the second such outage since it went down during an NBA game in May  —  YouTube TV, Google's internet-delivered subscription TV service, was hit with nationwide outages — right in the middle of the 2018 World Cup semifinal match between England and Croatia.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Penrose Studios, which makes narrative-based VR content, raises $10M Series A led by TransLink Capital with Marc Benioff, Will.i.am, and others participating  —  It's been an interesting past few years for the virtual reality industry and while there is still plenty for insiders to pin …
 
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor and director Jason Bateman has signed a first-look, multiple-year overall film and TV deal with Netflix
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