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12:45 AM ET, July 25, 2018

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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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Michael Calderone / Politico:
NYC Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo slam Tronc's decision to halve NYDN newsroom, as fears grow the city is becoming a local news “desert”  —  Tronc's decision to cut the Daily News newsroom in half comes amid growing concerns that New York City is underserved when it comes to covering courts, cops and local communities.
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 …
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  —  Jones accused the special counsel of participating in child rape and pantomimed shooting Mueller.  Facebook said the rant did not violate its community guidelines.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
On earnings call, outgoing Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says the company will not be spinning out Oath or making any content acquisitions  —  FiOs Loses 37K Video Customers in Q2  —  Verizon Communications shed about 37,000 Fios video customers in the second quarter, more than double the 15,000 …
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Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexican journalist Ruben Pat was shot dead Tuesday in Playa del Carmen, the second journalist from his news outlet killed in a month  —  A Mexican journalist who was enrolled in a government protection program after he was attacked by police was shot dead Tuesday morning in the Caribbean resort city …
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  —  There may not be a lawmaker in Congress who has done more to shape the internet than Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Snapchat begins syndicating video shows on Discover; source: the company is more open to running non-exclusive video shows on Snapchat but will remain selective  —  Complex Networks' “Sneaker Shopping,” which follows host Joe La Puma as he goes shopping with celebrities ranging from Kevin Hart …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Simmons inks new deal with HBO, will continue to create sports-themed content from TV to films for the cable network  —  On the heels of his ‘Andre the Giant’ doc, Simmons is staying put with a pact focused on sports programming.  —  HBO will remain in the Bill Simmons business.
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  —  Tencent will translate and adapt the content for Chinese audiences, as well as focus on diseases that are more prevalent in China
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix is handling international distribution for the upcoming drama adaptation of the LA Times podcast Dirty John  —  Netflix has boarded two upcoming drama series, TNT's futuristic action thriller Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, and Bravo's anthology Dirty John, headlined by Connie Britton and Eric Bana.
Discussion: The Playlist
Christine Wang / CNBC:
John Malone, majority owner of Liberty Media, is retiring as a director of Charter Communications, about a week after he announced he's leaving Lionsgate board  —  Charter Communications announced Tuesday that John Malone is retiring from its board of directors, but will continue to serve as a director emeritus.
 
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The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News employees have been attempting to plant negative stories about Kimberly Guilfoyle, accusing her of workplace misconduct and abuse
John Hopewell / Variety:
Netflix is launching its first European production hub in Madrid, in bid to boost its “growing” library of Spanish-language content
Discussion: Fast Company
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Digital revenue at The Guardian's parent company has outstripped print revenues for the first time in its history, boosted by 570K regular contributors
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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 and Oregonian
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A startup called Volume tries to work as an intermediary between community radio stations and larger media buyers to bring community radio to rural South Africa