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5:55 PM ET, May 19, 2017

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New York Times:
Swedish prosecutors announce they have dropped investigation into allegations of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange  —  STOCKHOLM — Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge …
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Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Julian Assange cannot leave the Ecuadorian embassy yet, as Scotland Yard confirms a warrant for his arrest will still be acted upon should he exit  —  A potential UK arrest and US extradition still loom over the WikiLeaks founder after Sweden dropped its rape inquiry
Reuters:
Sexual harassment suits against Ailes could face a major hurdle with his death, due to a 19th-century New York state law known as “dead man's statute”  —  The death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes could pose a major hurdle to a series of lawsuits that claimed he sexually harassed female anchors …
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reflects on six years of reporting on Roger Ailes, who once hired private investigator to track the reporter  —  For the past six years, ever since I began researching a biography of Roger Ailes, there probably hasn't been a day when I haven't thought or talked about him.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it has fired Bob Beckel, co-host of its primetime program “The Five”, for an insensitive remark to an African-American employee  —  Fox News Channel is parting ways - again - with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, “The Five.”
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Two security guards pinned John M. Donnelly, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, against a wall when he tried to ask a question of an FCC Commissioner; FCC apologized  —  John M. Donnelly, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, said that he was shoved against a wall by two security guards after he tried …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
The Washington Post is now earning in excess of $100M in digital ad revenue and added hundreds of thousands of digital subscribers in Q1  —  Since The Washington Post's Watergate-era glory days, my need to read that paper has waxed and waned.  I already pay for and scour The New York Times …
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:   Interview with Washington Post's Marty Baron on the future of legacy media, working with Bezos, fake news, and covering Trump
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Memo: The New York Times will offer buyouts to editors and other newsroom staffers  —  The New York Times plans to release “more information by the end of the month” about a buyout program for editors amid a much-anticipated reduction of the editing staff.  —  The buyout program …
David Priest / CNET:
Esports company ESL says it will bring 5.5K+ hours of live streaming to Facebook, 1.5K of which will be exclusive, starting June  —  Facebook and ESL are bringing over 5500 hours of streaming content to the social media platform.  —  ESL, the largest esports company in the world …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Musical.ly is in talks with media companies including Viacom and NBCUniversal to make original shows, set to launch this summer  —  Tween video app aims to launch new shows as soon as summer  —  Virtual face mask creation tool among other new features
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Alt-right trolls Chuck Johnson and Mike Cernovich say they're launching sites that will “investigate” journalists in the mainstream press  —  EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Johnson, Mike Cernovich Each Launching Sites To Go After Journalists  —  ‘The American press no longer behaves properly’
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Trendolizer lets journalists monitor links with many likes from multiple sources via a column-based UI for $350/month, to help debunk fake news as it spreads  —  Fake news stories are often extremely easy to debunk.  Fact-checking “Pope Francis endorses Donald Trump” required little …
 
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