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9:10 AM ET, May 19, 2017

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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 …
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Prior to his death, Ailes was discussing the formation of a new right-wing news network, despite the non-compete provisions in his severance agreement  —  The Fox News exec understood the intensity of the unhappiness and anger in another America that liberal media people are only now waking up to with Donald Trump.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google says there are 2B pages and 900K domains using AMP; pages now load twice as fast  —  As Google looks for ways to keep people using its own mobile search to discover content — in competition with apps and other services like Facebook's Instant Articles — the company is announcing some updates to AMP …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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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The Daily Beast hires former Gawker president Heather Dietrick as its new president and publisher
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