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12:07 PM 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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes new funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek; Vimeo's Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO  —  SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat.  CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him.
Discussion: SoundCloud
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Memo: SoundCloud asks investors to approve reorganization proposal; if accepted, new $170M round will close Friday at pre-money valuation of $150M
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Breitbart's campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster seems to have done more damage to Steve Bannon  —  The chief White House strategist is increasingly isolated in the West Wing as new chief of staff John Kelly tries to clamp down on negative news stories.
Nyshka Chandran / CNBC:
Chinese regulators are investigating Tencent's WeChat, Baidu's Tieba, and Sina Weibo for user-generated content that “endangers national security”  —  - Tencent, Baidu and Sina Weibo are being investigated by Chinese cyber-security regulators for potential violations
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
A look at Guam's biggest daily paper, the Gannett-owned Pacific Daily News, a 20-person outlet whose traffic now doubles when it posts a story on North Korea  —  Dana Williams has covered a lot of disasters during her three-decade career as a reporter and editor.  —  Hurricanes in Florida.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Leaked email: HBO offered hackers who stole scripts, shows, and employee info a $250K bug bounty; source says the message was an HBO stalling tactic  —  The HBO hacker has struck yet again.  —  Variety has obtained a copy of another message released Thursday by the anonymous hacker …
Associated Press:
Don Alhart, now in his 51st year on-air at WHAM-TV in Rochester, officially holds the world record for longest career as a TV news broadcaster  —  https://apnews.com/8b9980282af4405e91de 5ba6d9d3bcde  —  Link copied!  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — This just in: A New York television news …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Parse.ly reaches profitability and raises $6.8M in Series B funding led by Grotech Ventures and Blumberg Capital  —  Heads-up, Chartbeat, one of your competitors is growing — and it's growing fast.  —  Parse.ly, an analytics platform used by several different news organizations …
Discussion: @alansoon
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News competitors like The Blaze, Newsmax, and OANN seek to steal Fox viewers as the network goes through a tumultuous period  —  Glenn Beck's The Blaze, Newsmax TV, One America News Network and others are among the challengers: “There's no Pepsi to FNC's Coke yet.”
Discussion: @marklevinshow
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
Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger:
Genesis Media, a publisher analytics and data science company, has merged with video ad platform Altitude Digital  —  Genesis Media revealed Thursday that it has merged with video ad platform Altitude Digital.  —  The combined entity will do business as Genesis Media.  Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
 
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Maynard Institute debuts new diversity initiatives, hopes to assist 200 journalists of color through the industry over next five years
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 12%+
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Profile of Josh Raffel, a 33-year-old White House spokesman who handles PR for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned video section for original content, with producers earning 55% of ad revenue, rolling out Thursday