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8:50 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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
 
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