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12:05 PM ET, May 16, 2016

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook says it has invited “about a dozen” conservative leaders to meet Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, including Glenn Beck  —  “It would be interesting to look him in the eye.”  —  Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a summit for conservative leaders on Wednesday.  —  So says Glenn Beck, who says he will attend.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett ups offer to buy Tribune to $15/share, valuing company at about $864M including debt  —  Gannett Co., which owns USA TODAY and more than 100 local news properties nationwide, said Monday it raised its offer to buy Tribune Publishing Co. to $15 per share, dialing up the pressure …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
43 percent of social media users don't know where the stories they read originally appeared  —  With publishers under pressure to distribute their content straight to social media platforms, the nagging question for many of them is what impact this has on their brands.
Discussion: @lukereuters and @joannauk
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Comcast's FreeWheel unit buys French video ad tech startup StickyAds.tv; source says for at least $100M  —  Comcast has acquired France-based ad video tech company StickyAds.tv, Recode's Peter Kafka first reported on Sunday evening.  —  Business Insider confirmed the acquisition with a source …
Patrick Foster / Telegraph:
Sources: BBC working on subscription streaming service to rival Netflix, dubbed Britflix, delivered via iPlayer; ITV and NBC Universal are involved  —  The BBC is to push ahead with plans to launch a British rival to Netflix, after getting the go-ahead from the government to develop a new subscription streaming service.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The New York Times search for a public editor is in its final stages, CJR editor-in-chief and publisher Elizabeth Spayd among those being considered  —  Veteran journalists Debra Adams Simmons and Elizabeth Spayd are said to be among the finalists.  —  NEW YORK — The New York Times is close …
Discussion: @froomkin
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
The Undefeated, ESPN-owned site covering race and culture, to launch Tuesday  —  The Undefeated, ESPN's long-gestating website on race and sports, is expected to finally come to life on Tuesday morning, nearly three years after the media giant conceived it.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and SI.com
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Supreme Court will rule Thursday on whether or not it will lift privacy injunction banning identification of man in celeb threesome story  —  Supreme court to decide whether to lift ban on identification of celebrity in case likely to have far-reaching consequences
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Ex-Charbeat CTO Alan Beaufour appointed SVP of engineering at the New York Times  —  Allan Beaufour, the former chief technology officer at web analytics company Chartbeat, has been appointed senior vice president of engineering at The New York Times.  —  Beaufour, who will be responsible …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T buys Quickplay, will use it to power three new DirecTV streaming services later in 2016; terms not disclosed  —  AT&T is acquiring Quickplay Media, a provider of Internet-video streaming services, which it will use to launch three over-the-top DirecTV services later in 2016.
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and Fortune
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
As ad sales decline The Hill, National Journal, and Roll Call look beyond the captive Beltway audience to expand digital reach  —  WASHINGTON — When Neetzan Zimmerman arrived at The Hill as its first director of audience development in January 2015, he found a publication largely unchanged since …
Discussion: @tackettdc
 
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Tidal claims 306M song streams from Beyoncé's Lemonade, 11M film streams in three weeks since release, 1.2M sign-ups including free trials in first week
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