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4:30 PM ET, July 26, 2018

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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Twitter CEO addresses claims about some Republican leaders not appearing in search auto-suggestions, points to a thread that offers explanation and vows changes  —  Twitter has hit back against accusations of shadow banning prominent Republicans on Wednesday, with founder and CEO Jack Dorsey insisting …
Bloomberg:
Donald Trump criticizes Twitter for “shadow banning prominent Republicans”, says “we” will look into what he calls a “discriminatory and illegal practice”
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New York Times:
Sources: Robert Mueller wants to question Donald Trump over tweets about Sessions and Comey as part of an obstruction of justice inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities …
Business Wire:
Comcast Q2 earnings: $21.7B in revenue, a 2.1% increase YoY; high-speed internet revenue rose 9.3% YoY with 260K new broadband customers; NBCU revenue was flat  —  Consolidated 2nd Quarter 2018 Highlights:  — Consolidated Revenue Increased 2.1%; Net Income Attributable to Comcast Increased 27.6%; Adjusted EBITDA Increased 4.8%
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ probing whether TV station owners like Sinclair and Tribune broke antitrust law when sales teams talked with each other, possibly hiking ad rates  —  The DOJ's antitrust probe focused on communications of broadcasters' ad ales teams  —  The Justice Department …
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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Sky reports a 5% increase YoY in annual revenue to £13.6B with a presence in 23M households; CEO promises 25% increase in programming spending  —  Sky has turned in strong numbers in its last full-year results before it is taken over by either Comcast or 21st Century Fox.
Discussion: Reuters and Ad Age
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
The Pentagon under Defense Secretary James Mattis has curbed media access and refused to answer questions about conflict zones, eroding trust  —  Defense Secretary James Mattis has not briefed reporters on-camera in the Pentagon since April, while his chief spokeswoman has not done so since May.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Economist Group plans to sell CQ Roll Call for an undisclosed sum to Fiscal Note, a startup that analyzes government filings and legislation  —  The Economist Group plans to sell CQ Roll Call to technology and data startup FiscalNote, with the acquisition expected to close later this year, the companies announced Wednesday.
 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News begins its experiment with a streaming news network with “Space is Awesome”, a special report on space, to air Friday on NBCNews.com and other outlets
Kate Lamb / The Guardian:
Inside Indonesia's “buzzer teams”, filled with political supporters and students who post thousands of times a day to create religious and political divides
Sydney Morning Herald:
Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media announce AU$4B merger to happen by end of 2018; Nine CEO to run the combined company which will be called Nine
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu signs exclusive deal with Apple, making premiere episode of original series “Castle Rock” available for free on Apple TV in the US, no Hulu sub required
Discussion: /Film
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's share price closed Wednesday at $217.50, a record high, but fell to around $172 after its Q2 earnings call, a market cap drop of roughly $123B
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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