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1:40 PM ET, May 18, 2017

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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief and architect of conservative-oriented TV news, has died at 77, his wife Elizabeth says in a statement  —  “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.  Roger was a loving husband to me …
Politico:
Sources: Sean Spicer is no longer expected to do a daily, on-camera briefing after Trump's foreign trip, as Trump weighs broader communications shakeup  —  Several officials say Spicer is no longer expected to do a daily, on-camera briefing after Trump's foreign trip.
David McCabe / Axios:
FCC votes to begin rolling back Obama-era rules governing net neutrality for ISPs  —  The long-anticipated rollback of net neutrality rules has officially begun.  The FCC voted along party lines on Thursday to formally consider Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scrap the legal foundation for the rules …
New York Times:
Trump's urging that Comey jail reporters is denounced by journalists and press freedom groups as an act of intimidation  —  During a private meeting in February with the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, President Trump floated a proposal that, even by the standards of a leader …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
The Daily Beast hires former Gawker president Heather Dietrick as its new president and publisher  —  News site's pick to lead was Nick Denton's right hand through Gawker Media's legal struggles  —  The Daily Beast has always aimed at being smart and edgy, and is now turning to someone …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's now limiting News Feed distribution of posts that withhold or exaggerate information at the individual post level, to combat clickbait  —  Facebook's leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it's putting its muscle to good use.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic relaunches its homepage to emphasize density, doubling the number of “above the fold” stories  —  The casual reader could be forgiven for assuming that The Atlantic is not a hot center of high-velocity digital innovation.  We are, after all, 160 years old.
Discussion: Talking New Media
David Montero / Los Angeles Times:
Alex Jones settles defamation lawsuit brought against him by Chobani, retracts comments made about refugees in Twin Falls, Idaho  —  Inside the Chobani Yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho.  —  Alex Jones backed down.  Again.  —  The far-right conspiracy theorist agreed Wednesday to settle …
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Twitter lets you see which advertisers are targeting you, opt out from individual interest categories, and will remove support for Do Not Track on June 18  —  As it begins to store people's off-Twitter browsing data for longer, the company adds new data controls and ends Do Not Track support.
 
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Sky News says it is being cut out of the Conservative election campaign as a result of its political coverage, issues public complaint
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NBC News:
Sources: some of the intelligence Trump provided to Russian officials is so secret that American news organizations are still being asked not to report it
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Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Financial news startup Cheddar raises $19M in Series C round from Raine Ventures and others, valuing the company at $85M
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gizmodo Media Group releases diversity report: 48% of the company's editorial staff are white, with 52% being female
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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Jimmy Fallon's show has lost nearly 1M viewers in 5 months, as it competes with politics-driven comedy like Colbert's which has become more popular in Trump era
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Report: Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to consider jailing journalists that publish classified information