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8:35 AM ET, July 12, 2018

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BBC:
UK government clears a proposed deal for 21st Century Fox to buy Sky if it sells Sky News  —  The UK government has cleared a proposed deal for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to buy Sky.  —  The British broadcaster has been the subject of a fierce bidding war between Fox and US cable giant Comcast.
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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 …
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Dan Rather, who found a large Facebook audience and appeared on digital newscasts for The Young Turks and Mark Cuban after leaving CBS in 2006  —  Editor's note: This is the second interview in an occasional series of journalists on journalism.  Read the first, with Seymour Hersh.
Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
A look at PressPad, which aims to match people who get journalism internships in London, but can't afford housing, with an industry host  —  It's a longstanding quandary for aspiring journalists: How can I get housing in the big city for just a few weeks, while I'm paid nothing or close to it?
Karen Weise / Bloomberg:
Facebook research group Social Science One to offer scholars access to a petabyte of anonymized user data to understand the role of misinformation in elections  —  An independent research initiative that Facebook Inc. announced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is launching its first study …
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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
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
The Weinstein Co. lays off over 20 employees of a remaining staff of 70 two days before it plans to close its $289M bankruptcy sale to Lantern Capital  —  The Weinstein Co. is laying off more than 20 employees on Wednesday, two days before it closes its $289 million bankruptcy sale to Lantern Capital.
Discussion: The Wrap
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.
Reuters:
Sources: Apollo Global Management has approached Nexstar, which owns TV stations that reach nearly 40% of US households, to express interest in acquiring it  —  (Reuters) - Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) has approached Nexstar Media Group Inc (NXST.O) …
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.
Stefanie Fogel / Variety:
Blizzard Entertainment announces exclusive multi-year agreement for live TV coverage of its professional esports league for Overwatch with ESPN and Disney  —  The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney …
Discussion: @drudge_report and CNBC
 
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