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2:45 PM ET, July 20, 2018

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news  —  The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.  —  Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
An interview with Matt Rivitz and Nandini Jammi, who run @SleepingGiants, about raising awareness of where online ads run and why they wanted to be anonymous  —  Just after the 2016 election, an anonymously run Twitter account emerged with a plan to choke off advertising dollars to Breitbart News …
Discussion: @miketanier
Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount TV President Amy Powell Fired Over Inappropriate Comments  —  She was tapped to oversee the division in 2013 and has delivered hits including ‘13 Reasons Why’ and ‘The Alienist.’  —  Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched Paramount Television banner, Amy Powell is out.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
The New York Post launches an entertainment division focused on scripted and unscripted TV to expand TV reach beyond syndicated daytime space  —  The New York Post has launched a new entertainment division focused on scripted and unscripted television.  —  Veteran TV producer Troy Searer …
Discussion: MediaPost
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Journalists resort to yelling questions at the President when they can because it has been more than a year since he held an open press conference  —  MIAMI - Because the president has not held an open news conference in more than a year, journalists have resorted to shouting questions at him …
Discussion: ABC News, Fortune and The Guardian
Pew Research Center:
Study shows 58% of Americans often get news on a mobile device, nearly triple the 21% who did so in 2013, outpacing desktops and laptops  —  Mobile devices have become one of the most common ways Americans get news, outpacing desktop or laptop computers.  Roughly six-in-ten U.S. adults …
Scott Porch / Fast Company:
How Comcast is moving beyond the set top box as it rolls out its Xfinity X1 interface on smart TVs, starting with betas on Roku TV and some Samsung TVs  —  If you'd like to use the interface on Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box—and you should, it's fantastic—but aren't so sure about the box itself, stay tuned.
Discussion: @rsingel
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Court filings and interviews provide a timeline for the deterioration of Les Moonves' and Shari Redstone's relationship and reveal that neither wants a merger  —  When CBS filed suit to strip Shari E. Redstone of her voting control of the company in May, no one purported to be more surprised — and hurt — than Ms. Redstone herself.
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Report: Reed Hastings is writing a book about Netflix, his leadership strategy, and the company's culture, which will be published by Penguin Press in 2019  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings prides himself on making as few decisions as possible at the streaming-video service he founded.
Discussion: Fast Company, CNET and Variety
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Editors re-examine how they covered 2016's email leaks and whether they have regrets after DOJ indictment: “You do have to think about who benefits”  —  When the Justice Department this past Friday announced its indictment against 12 Russians for allegedly hacking …
 
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Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Profile of Tow Center's Jonathan Albright, whose research has helped break some of the biggest stories about misinformation and how it moves across the web
Monica Mercuri / Billboard:
Indie music distributor TuneCore adds ability for musicians to send songs to Facebook for use across Facebook platforms, receiving earnings in TuneCore accounts
Discussion: RAIN News, TuneCore and hypebot
Josephine Livingstone / New Republic:
A Money Diaries column on Refinery29 resurfaced an open secret about women's lifestyle outlets: some run ad agencies disguised as feminist publishing projects
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
BuzzFeed VP Michelle Kempner, once publisher of the company's Motion Pictures group, is leaving to join Facebook's product marketing team
Discussion: Digiday and Tubefilter
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
Chance the Rapper announces in a new song that he has bought the assets of Chicagoist from public radio station WNYC