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5:35 AM ET, July 19, 2018


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg about Russia, fake news, InfoWars, Myanmar, and why he thinks Facebook shouldn't take down posts that deny the Holocaust  —  Everything was on the table — and after Facebook's wildest year yet, that's a really big table.  —  Yesterday, I motored my Ford Fiesta …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his comments about Holocaust deniers on Facebook: “I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that”  —  The Facebook founder has attracted controversy for how the social network deals with content that is offensive to many, such as Holocaust deniers
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In a sign of solidarity at a WH press briefing, one reporter gave his time for a question to another who had been cut off while asking about Trump's credibility  —  It was a subtle exchange, about 20 minutes into yet another clamorous White House press briefing, and a casual viewer …
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Chance the Rapper announces in a new song that he has bought the assets of Chicagoist from public radio station WNYC  —  Chance the Rapper may not be dropping his album this week, but he did drop four new tracks at midnight... and we're here to talk about one of them, “I Might Need Security.”
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media opens registration for an Aug. 13 offering of up to $32M in tokens that can eventually be used to support freelancers and news organizations  —  Civil is selling millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency to help fund a global network of newsrooms
Vivian Schiller / Civil:
Civil Foundation announces first members of its Civil Council: Emily Bell, Maria Ressa, Sue Gardner, Raju Narisetti, and Ellen P. Goodman  —  As we count down towards the Civil launch, I want to provide some updates on the evolution of the Civil Constitution and governance …
BuzzFeed News:
Paris Wade, a GOP candidate running in Nevada, and conservative writer Ben Goldman have been linked to fake news sites in Macedonia  —  A joint investigation by BuzzFeed News and partners has uncovered new information that rewrites the story of the fake news boom in the Macedonian town of Veles.
Eric Russell / Press Herald:
Senators testify that newsprint tariffs will hurt US paper industry by shrinking its customer base, say the tariffs conflict with First Amendment  —  They cite damage to various domestic industries, including newspapers, and urge the International Trade Commission to advise the U.S. to rescind the tariffs.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sinclair changes plans for Tribune deal, saying it would acquire Chicago station and put two others in trust; FCC intends to send case to administrative judge  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest local television operator in the United States, tried to placate federal regulators …
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said he expected the company to still be independent in a year's time  —  “We have the full support of our board,” Bob Bakish told a technology conference in Aspen, Colorado.  —  Viacom CEO Bob Bakish on Tuesday didn't directly address …
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Court filing: DOJ has proposed an expedited schedule for its appeal of the ruling allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, seeking briefs by Oct. 18
Rich Gordon / Nieman Lab:
For stories like Trump-Putin summit, Google News is not only incapable of separating factual reporting from commentary but also can't provide left/right balance
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Researchers: Trump and his PAC spent $274K on Facebook ads viewed by at least 37M users since early May, making him the biggest political advertiser on the site
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Netflix is creating a comedy-focused radio channel in partnership with Sirius XM, due to launch in January 2019
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood-based digital video producer Brat Inc, which specialises in scripted teen dramas and comedies, raises $30M led by Anchorage Capital
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: New York Daily News staff fear layoffs are coming, amid rumors that Tronc is pressuring Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich to make cuts
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed launches a separate site for its news division,, in an attempt to separate factual content from quizzes and humor
Lauren Collins / New Yorker:
Interview with ex-BBC China editor Carrie Gracie and BBC Women on their fight for equal pay and the value of sharing stories regardless of scrutiny and backlash