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2:25 PM ET, July 18, 2019

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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
In some ways, Netflix's Q2 results were a disaster, highlighting the weakness of its US market, limits of international growth, and pain of losing huge shows  —  As US growth slows, executives look to international markets  —  Netflix reported earnings on Wednesday night, and the results were disastrous.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
In Q2, Netflix lost US subscribers for the first time since Q3 2011, dropping 130,000, and added fewer global subs than expected, citing a weak Q2 content slate  —  For the first time, Netflix lost streaming subscribers in the U.S. — dropping a net 130,000 for the second quarter of 2019 …
Netflix:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $4.9B, up 26% YoY, and total paid membership of 152M, up 22% YoY, but it added 2.7M new subs, down from 5.5M YoY; stock down 10%+  —  July 17, 2019 Fellow shareholders, As expected, revenue growth accelerated 400 basis points to 26%, and operating income increased 53% year over year in Q2.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix says it plans to launch a cheaper mobile-only streaming plan starting in India in Q3
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy-grown, Google-funded Compass Experiment, a project to build new local news sites, has chosen Youngstown as its first site with four local journalists  —  Youngstown, Ohio has become kind the beat-up poster child for industrial decline, the opioid crisis, the Trump phenomenon, and, most recently, the loss of local journalism.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller is out of touch with the company's editorial voice and current media practices as he pushes listicles and programmatic ads  —  High-level staffers at the company that now owns ex-Gawker sites like Jezebel and Deadspin complain their new leader is destroying a famously freewheeling culture.
Jennifer Miller / New York Times:
As podcast service Blubrry says there are now over 700,000 podcasts, with 2,000 to 3,000 launching every month, a look at whether we have reached “peak podcast”  —  If past experience (cough, blogs) is any indication, a shakeout is nigh.  —  In 2016, Morgan Mandriota and Lester Lee …
Arriana McLymore / Reuters:
Spotify says it will devote a prominent spot in its app to Disney's music library, a feature called Disney Hub  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA said on Wednesday it will devote a prominent spot in its music streaming app to Walt Disney Co's extensive music library with songs like “Let It Go” and “A Whole New World.”
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why CNN shouldn't have given screen time to white supremacist Richard Spencer for reaction to Trump's racist tweets: normalization of racism, diversion of focus  —  On Tuesday evening, a segment on Jake Tapper's CNN show The Lead featured an interview with Richard Spencer, a white supremacist.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN didn't reveal that the pro-Trump women it interviewed, which seemed to represent a cross-section of opinion, were actually members of an organized group  —  There's no question that the panel of women CNN interviewed about President Trump liked him a lot and don't think he's a racist …
Discussion: Mediaite, @crislopezg, @karaswisher, CNN and VICE
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Internal Universal Music memo details its investigation into losses from a 2008 fire: 22 lost assets could have been original masters linked to five artists  —  Ahead of an expected motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed last month by several artists over damage in the 2008 fire that destroyed hundreds …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Sky News has appointed Hannah Thomas-Peter as its first dedicated climate change correspondent, the first UK title to do so  —  Sky News has appointed its first dedicated climate change correspondent to “continue to set the agenda” on what it described as a “crisis”.
Discussion: Sky
Brian Merchant / Columbia Journalism Review:
To duck accountability, “on background” has become the default method by which Silicon Valley disseminates information, often abetted by tech journalists  —  One of the most pernicious tools that Silicon Valley uses to control the flow of information to the public is decidedly low-tech: briefing reporters “on background.”
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
NowThis is launching a newsletter called KnowThis, its first written product, summarizing the day's top news five nights per week  —  NowThis is launching a newsletter called KnowThis,slated to land in subscribers inboxes five nights a week.  —  The site approached the idea of a daily newsletter based …
 
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Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Some staffers wrote First Look Media's board in protest after Topic Magazine's closing and The Nib's de-funding, amid rumors First Look bought Passionflix.com
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify