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4:25 AM ET, August 11, 2017

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN cuts ties with commentator Jeffrey Lord after he replies “Sieg Heil!” in a Twitter discussion with the president of Media Matters for America  —  CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
How Fox News rushed to publish a story about Seth Rich that it later retracted, with key source and Fox News pundit Rod Wheeler later suing the network  —  This is why the Seth Rich conspiracy won't disappear  —  For more than two months, Fox News has declined to explain the story behind …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Google reveals sites that fail ad test, risk being filtered by upcoming Chrome ad blocker, including Forbes, LA Times, Lifehacker, Chicago Tribune  —  Publishers that have fretted about Google's plans to unleash an ad-blocking version of Chrome in 2018 can now see if their own sites' ads will be blocked by the tech giant.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Ad Age
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $182M vs. $186.8M expected, DAUs grow 7.3M vs. 8M expected, reaching 173M, and loss grows to $443M; stock down 16%+ after hours  —  Snapchat's parent hurt by intensifying competition from larger rival Facebook  —  Snap Inc. on Thursday said its loss nearly quadrupled …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Under terms of proposed new funding deal for SoundCloud, former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor would replace Alex Ljung as CEO, who would stay on as chair of the board  —  Investors want to replace founder Alex Ljung with former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor.  —  Investors want to replace the CEO of SoundCloud …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed's live Twitter morning show, premiering September 25 and called AM to DM, will aim to break news in real time  —  BuzzFeed's live Twitter morning show — premiering September 25 and called “AM to DM” — will aim to break news in real time in a way that's like television, but produced for digital audiences and consumption.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly debuted a 30-minute online news show for paid subscribers on Wednesday night, made available for free on Thursday  —  The ousted Fox News host has debuted an experimental, 30-minute-long online news show for paid subscribers.  —  It's not Fox News, but it'll do for now.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Maynard Institute debuts new diversity initiatives, hopes to assist 200 journalists of color through the industry over next five years  —  It's bringing on new funders and announced plans to develop new cultural competency trainings and a multi-year effort to support and move through …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Adam Ostrow, Mashable's chief strategy officer and board member, leaves to become chief digital officer for local broadcasting and media company Tegna  —  Tegna, the local TV broadcasting and media company that spun out from Gannett, has hired Adam Ostrow — who was the second employee hired …
Amy Caren Daniel / Reuters:
News Corp misses Q4 targets with a net loss of $430M and revenue of $2.08B, down 7% YoY, with print ad revenue down 12% and subscription revenue down 9% YoY  —  (Reuters) - News Corp (NWSA.O) reported fourth-quarter revenue that missed estimates as the owner of the Wall Street Journal was hurt by decling demand for print advertising.
Discussion: News Corp, Talking Biz News and CNBC
 
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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