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7:15 PM ET, July 28, 2018

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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Six women accuse CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of harassment, intimidation, and assault between 1980s-2000s; dozens more describe a culture of harassment  —  Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS board says it will investigate the allegations against Moonves and notes the timing of claims, amid legal battle with National Amusements  —  The CBS Corp. board of directors will investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that are to be raised against CEO Leslie Moonves in a report …
Mark Brown / The Guardian:
Study: movies with the emotional arc of “man in a hole”, a fall followed by a rise, result in box office success irrespective of genre and budget  —  ‘Man in a hole’ story arc - a fall followed by a rise - found to be most commercially successful
Oscar Schwartz / The Guardian:
AI coverage has been misinformed and sensationalized for decades, leading to unrealistic expectations and distracting from the actual consequences of AI  —  Social media has allowed self-proclaimed ‘AI influencers’ who do nothing more than paraphrase Elon Musk to cash in on this hype with low-quality, pieces.
Discussion: @zacharylipton
Peter Sterne / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Mexican reporter Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son released 7+ months after being detained by ICE, partly in retaliation for bashing US immigration policies  —  Late last night, Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto and his son Oscar were released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
White House confirms it is working on a consumer privacy policy proposal; sources: WH had 22 meetings with 80 organizations including Facebook, Google, and AT&T  —  The Trump administration is crafting a proposal to protect Web users' privacy, aiming to blunt global criticism that the absence …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at the NYT's The Daily: Michael Barbaro's sudden fame, how the podcast came to be, and its future evolution in local markets and other media  —  He's the star of the Times's most promising new-media franchise.  But will his success eventually carry him away from 620 Eighth Avenue?
Tom Wheeler / Brookings:
The FCC must decide if Sinclair's three sham station “sales” taint the purchase of 39 Tribune stations and if Sinclair has the right to hold any licenses at all  —  Editor's Note:  —  Tom Wheeler served as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Wall Street Journal
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom to acquire youth-focused digital media company AwesomenessTV; sources say for $25M plus debt, well below AwesomenessTV's $650M valuation in 2016  —  The deal, which sources say also includes the assumption of some debt, is significantly lower than the $650 million valuation that Awesomeness had in 2016.
 
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Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
New York State Public Service Commission votes to revoke approval of the 2016 Charter/TWC merger, saying company failed to meet broadband buildout obligations
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Facebook says it got 1,704 complaints and removed 262 posts in January-June under Germany's hate speech law, which warns of up to €50M fines for non-compliance
Claire Boston / Bloomberg:
SEC filing: MoviePass ran out of money and couldn't cover the bills causing service outage on Thursday, had to take out short term $6M+ loan due in early August
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Shareholders approve Disney's $71.3B purchase of much of 21st Century Fox
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Sources: Kimberly Guilfoyle left Fox News involuntarily following an HR investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior
Steven Musil / CNET:
Facebook bans Alex Jones from using his account for the next 30 days after removing four of his videos for violating its community standards