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1:05 PM ET, July 25, 2018

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CNN:
CNN obtains tape in which Trump can be heard discussing with Michael Cohen about buying rights to story of Playboy model from American Media  —  (CNN)Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story …
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Politico:
On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted about the FCC's ruling on Sinclair-Tribune merger, saying it was “sad and unfair” that the FCC wouldn't approve it  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night bashed an FCC decision that likely doomed conservative broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A spliced-together video “interview” of House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blurred lines between satire and disinformation, getting 1M+ views on Facebook  —  A conservative news outlet spliced together a “satirical” interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey says she will not apologize for satirical video of her “interviewing” Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey said she won't apologize for a satirical video she made of her “interviewing” …
Discussion: The Intercept, Daily Wire and Mediaite
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Viacom is in advanced talks with Comcast about acquiring Awesomeness TV, for less than half of its $650M valuation in 2016  —  - Youth-media brand is owned by Comcast, Verizon and Hearst  — Viacom seeking to recapture viewers who fled MTV, Nickelodeon
Discussion: Variety, Tubefilter and @digitalshields
Chantal Fernandez / The Business of Fashion:
Troy Young will succeed David Carey as president of Hearst's magazine division, overseeing 300 print editions and 240 digital brands  —  The architect of the division's digital media strategy will succeed David Carey, who announced his forthcoming departure in June.
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Journalists who attended the Aspen Security Conference last week had strange encounters with an Uber driver, leading to speculation she was a spy  —  Last week, as America's top national security experts convened in Aspen, a strangely inquisitive Uber driver showed up, too.  And caused a minor freak-out.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cox Media Group is considering selling 14 local TV stations, appears to be seeking a large corporate buyer  —  Cox Media Group announced Tuesday that it is evaluating its ownership of 14 local news stations around the country, saying the move will likely result in the company losing full control over the stations.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Interest in Breitbart News has waned as traffic has dropped and staff turned over, though people close to the site say it still commands influence on the right  —  In the early days of the Trump administration, Breitbart, the far-right website previously headed by former White House chief …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Reports: a private equity company has made a bid for Tronc, at $19-$20 a share; deal could be announced within a few weeks and may be close to $1B  —  Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the 400+ high schoolers from around the world who are beautifying Humboldt Park today with a $125,000 service project.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Source: Tronc exec Grant Whitmore meets with remaining NY Daily News staff, says he foresees no new layoffs and he's unaware of any plans to sell paper  —  As he takes over a newsroom that was just reduced by half, the New York Daily News' new top editor, Robert York, is asking his embattled staff for time to chart a new course.
 
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John Lynch / Business Insider:
Emarketer predicts a 32.8% increase in cordcutting in 2018, bringing the total number of estimated cord-cutters up to 33M
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Q&A with Sen. Ron Wyden, who co-wrote Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, on privacy, content moderation, First Amendment, and tech giants like Facebook
Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
Tencent signs a content licensing deal to translate and provide WebMD's healthcare content for Chinese audiences via WeChat and its QQ messaging app
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix is handling international distribution for the upcoming drama adaptation of the LA Times podcast Dirty John
Discussion: Poynter and The Playlist
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says a livestream in which Infowars' Alex Jones made unfounded allegations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller rapes children did not violate its rules
Susan Taylor Martin / Tampa Bay Times:
Mark Katches, currently editor and VP of content at The Oregonian, named executive editor of The Tampa Bay Times
Discussion: Poynter