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3:10 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” …
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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
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.
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Don Trump Jr. tweets an old false smear against ABC News' Martha Raddatz as he criticizes her WaPo column on the importance of media coverage of the military  —  In response to ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz's Washington Post op-ed on President Donald Trump hurting …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: YouTube removed four videos from Alex Jones' channel for hate speech and child endangerment, but counted the takedowns as one strike toward the channel  —  The video site removed four of Jones' videos on Tuesday  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' YouTube channel received a strike …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer has resigned from his position, after yelling a racial slur in Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series “Who is America?”  —  The Georgia lawmaker who exposed himself and yelled racial slurs during an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series …
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.
Dan Kennedy / WGBH:
Boston Globe owner John Henry has no plans to sell the newspaper, says it now has 94.7K digital subs but “cannot ever seem to meet budgets”  —  John Henry isn't selling.  —  Nearly five years after the billionaire financier announced that he would buy The Boston Globe …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said the network would not dilute its brand in favor of increasing output under new parent company AT&T  —  HBO programming president Casey Bloys assured TV critics gathered at the TCA Summer Press Tour on Wednesday that the pay cable network would not “dilute it's brand” under new AT&T owners.
 
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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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cox Media Group is considering selling 14 local TV stations, appears to be seeking a large corporate buyer
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
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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
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