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11:00 AM 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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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 …
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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  —  “I think there's a direct connection between investigative reporting and subscriptions.”  —  It's a bright, warm morning in April, and Marty Baron takes a seat …
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 …
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 …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland  —  - Spotify bought a French AI start-up called Niland that has a unique approach to music recommendations.  — It's in a race with Apple and Pandora to use AI and other methods to give music customers the best music-discovery experience.
Los Angeles Times:
How big TV networks are weaving products into story lines, partnering on ads, and investing in data as they adapt to ad-skipping viewers, digitally recorded TV  —  TV advertising is in a state of 'total upheaval.  It's the television industry's biggest week of the year.
 
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Digital media company Brit + Co announces $15M round led by Verizon Ventures, bringing total raised to $45M; the company now plans to expand into new verticals
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
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Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
Shorenstein report on media coverage of Trump's first 100 days finds Trump was the topic of 41% of all news stories analyzed, and most of them were negative