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FBI's secret rules to spy on journalists and hunt their sources - Jul. 1, 2016

Since at least 2011, the FBI has adopted secret rules to spy on journalists who publish classified information and hunt down their anonymous sources.<p>The federal agency's covert tactics were revealed in classified FBI documents published Thursday by The Intercept, the online site co-founded by Glenn …

Spying

Will buying Tidal help Apple fend off Spotify?

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Apple may be looking to play both offense and defense in the highly competitive world of digital music.<p>The maker of iEverything is reportedly in talks to buy streaming music company Tidal, a service favored by many artists that is run by rap megastar (and Beyoncé hubby) Jay Z.<p>At …

Spotify

Newsweek hit by layoffs after day of suspense

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> The layoff ax fell at Newsweek on Friday, a day after its affiliated website, International Business Times, saw dozens of employees let go.<p>Around a half dozen Newsweek employees were laid off, according to a source.<p>Among those affected by the cuts at Newsweek were tech editor Grant …

Suspense

'The Hunt' shows that in nature documentaries, not all prey is created equal - Jul. 1, 2016

Watch a sneak peek of 'The Hunt'<p>Amid what has become a golden age for nature documentaries, "The Hunt" reminds us that when it comes to unflinching views of the animal world, not all prey is created equal.<p>Already a success in the U.K., this seven-part documentary marks a first foray into natural …

Documentaries

Nancy Grace leaving HLN - Jun. 30, 2016

The Best of Nancy Grace<p>Nancy Grace is leaving her network home of the past 12 years.<p>"This fall, I'll be leaving HLN, my longtime TV home, with a full heart and endless gratitude," Grace said in a statement Thursday. "The network has been my extended family for nearly a dozen years, and I am proud …

Nancy Grace

Movie merger! Lionsgate buys Starz for $4.4 billion

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Lionsgate, the movie studio famous for the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" franchises, is buying cable TV network Starz for $4.4 billion.<p>Both stocks initially surged on the news. But shares of Lionsgate were down 4% toward the end of the trading session Thursday while Starz was only …

Lionsgate

Sumner Redstone's illegible signature looms over Viacom drama - Jun. 29, 2016

Sumner Redstone in 101 seconds<p>Sumner Redstone will almost certainly not be in a Massachusetts courtroom on Thursday when his attorneys and those representing Viacom convene for a hearing that may shape the future of his media empire.<p>Public appearances by the 93-year-old Redstone, Viacom's …

Sumner Redstone

Movie Academy seeks to promote diversity with expanded roster of new members

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> Seeking to reaffirm its commitment to diversity in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 683 new members, which would grow the organization by roughly 10%.<p>A breakdown provided by the academy noted …

Entertainment

Facebook's latest News Feed change may hurt publishers

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Facebook is changing its News Feed to prioritize posts from users' friends, possibly at the expense of publishers that rely on referral traffic from the site.<p>At the same time, the company on Wednesday is publishing its "News Feed Values," a new document that outlines its approach …

Facebook

Judge dismisses libel suit against Rolling Stone over discredited UVA rape article - Jun. 29, 2016

Rolling Stone staff unpunished after retraction<p>A federal judge dismissed a libel suit against Rolling Stone brought by three members of a University of Virginia fraternity identified as the site of a gang rape in an article that has since been discredited.<p>The 2014 story titled "A Rape on Campus" …

University of Virginia

Academy Award voting tests diversity vow after #OscarsSoWhite campaign

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> The #OscarsSoWhite campaign -- a viral response to the lack of minority nominees in Academy Award acting categories the last two years -- yielded pledges to do better and make tangible steps toward reform. It has also focused rare attention on this week's Academy of Motion …

Voting

Guardian editor makes post-Brexit appeal for funding from readers

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Millions of readers have gone to The Guardian over the past week to make sense of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Now the storied British newspaper is going to those readers for some financial help.<p>In a note to readers Wednesday, Guardian editor-in-chief …

European News

Sumner Redstone tells Viacom CEO effort to stay on board is futile - Jun. 28, 2016

The battle for Viacom: Redstone v. Dauman<p>Sumner Redstone's National Amusements issued a warning Tuesday to Viacom executives who are fighting to keep their board seats, telling them that their legal challenges are futile.<p>In a letter to the board, the movie theater chain, which owns 80% of Viacom's …

Sumner Redstone

'Game of Thrones' nabs series best ratings for explosive finale

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Winter has arrived and with it came big ratings.<p>"The Winds of Winter," the season six finale of "Game of Thrones" brought in an average of 8.9 million viewers who watched live on Sunday night or within the next 24 hours, according to Nielsen data.<p>This was a series best over last …

Game of Thrones

Rupert Murdoch calls Brexit 'wonderful'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Rupert Murdoch believes the Brexit decision is "wonderful."<p>In his first public remarks about the referendum result, delivered in London on Tuesday, Murdoch compared it to a prison break that frees the British people.<p>Murdoch owns several highly influential media properties in the …

Rupert Murdoch

'Daily Show' gets social media scorn for Texas abortion tweet

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> "The Daily Show" found itself in the middle of a social media firestorm Monday following a tweet regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on abortion rights in Texas.<p>"Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!" the show's official account tweeted Monday.<p>The tweet was …

Texas

'Game of Thrones' season finale sets stage for epic march toward finish

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> Disclaimer: The following story includes major spoilers from Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones."<p>"Game of Thrones" spent the lapse between seasons five and six being peppered by questions about Jon Snow's fate. Based on Sunday's extra-long finale, the producers will be spared …

TV

Derek Jeter's 'Players' Tribune' broadens ambitions with video series - Jun. 27, 2016

These days, seemingly every digital media property is ramping up its video production. The Players' Tribune is no exception.<p>The website, founded by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter as a platform for athletes to circumvent traditional media channels (e.g. reporters), will launch a new weekly …

Derek Jeter

Three news outlets turned away from Trump golf course event

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Reporters from several major news organizations were denied access to a Donald Trump event in Scotland on Saturday.<p>Staffers from BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The Guardian tweeted about being blocked from attending Trump's visit to his golf course in Aberdeen, …

Donald Trump

'Who will we dress for, now?' Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham dies

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Bill Cunningham, one of the most recognizable figures at The New York Times and in all of New York, died Saturday. He was 87.<p>Cunningham was a street life photographer; a cultural anthropologist; a fixture at fashion events; and a celebrity in spite of his desire to keep the camera …

Style

'Independence Day' sequel loses the battle against silliness - Jun. 24, 2016

Watch the trailer for 'Independence Day: Resurgence'<p>While a long-delayed sequel is working out swimmingly for "Finding Dory," "Independence Day: Resurgence" fights a losing battle against the twin forces of chaos and sheer silliness.<p>Coming two decades after its mildly enjoyable predecessor -- a …

July 4th

Brexit 'major blow' to film and TV industry, but not to 'Game of Thrones'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union could have an extensive impact on the country's film and television industries, but not on one of TV's most popular shows, "Game of Thrones."<p>"We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on …

Entertainment (UK)

Brexit vote is a big win for British tabloids - Jun. 24, 2016

U.K. votes for Brexit: What's the impact in the U.S.?<p>Britain's vote to leave the European Union sent the British pound into a tailspin, prompted the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, triggered shock waves through international markets, and brought jubilant headlines from some of the UK's …

European News

Brexit, House sit-in coverage provide boon to besieged cable bundle

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> An extraordinary news week -- from the Brexit vote in Britain to the sit-in at the House of Representatives -- served as a boon, in a roundabout way, for the cable bundle, as subscribers found channels that many rarely or never watch.<p>C-SPAN had its moment by carrying the …

European News

'Independence Day: Resurgence' lacks fireworks at the box office

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> "Independence Day: Resurgence" was full of explosions, but none were at its box office.<p>The follow up to the 1996 blockbuster brought in an estimated $41.6 million at the North American box office, falling short of projections that it would make about $50 million.<p>"Resurgence" did …

July 4th

Led Zeppelin did not copy 'Stairway to Heaven' intro, jury finds

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> Music history will not be rewritten. A jury found Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page not guilty of copyright infringement on perhaps their most famous song, "Stairway to Heaven."<p>A Los Angeles jury deliberated for about five hours before deciding the band …

Robert Plant

C-SPAN moves into spotlight with Democrats' protest: 'This is our story' - Jun. 23, 2016

Chaos erupts on house floor over gun control<p>C-SPAN called in extra staff members and refreshed Periscope constantly as it provided nonstop live coverage of a strange sight inside the House of Representatives.<p>A sit-in by Democrats who are demanding votes on gun control bills stretched from Wednesday …

Protest

Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' hits flat note in Showtime debut - Jun. 23, 2016

The mere mention of Cameron Crowe doing his first TV series, "Roadies," surely caused enthusiasm among cultish devotees of "Almost Famous," the writer-director's semi-autobiographical ode to the music industry and fandom.<p>Still, the initial episodes of this Showtime dramedy never really find their …

Cameron Crowe

Bill Simmons brings minor-league quality to HBO talk show 'Any Given Wednesday'

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> Bill Simmons ended his gilded run at ESPN on bad terms, and the war of words has continued since he left.<p>That acrimony surely raised the profile of -- and helped with the promotion for -- his multi-pronged deal with HBO, which the sports personality kicked off with "Any Given …

Bill Simmons