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2:35 PM ET, August 18, 2017

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Steve Bannon is leaving his post as White House chief strategist  —  President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
When internet intermediaries like GoDaddy, Google, and CloudFlare bar neo-Nazis, dangerous precedent is set for silencing legitimate voices  —  In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that …
Lauren Huff / Hollywood Reporter:
In email to friends, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump's response to Charlottesville tragedy and pledges $1M to Anti-Defamation League  —  In a memo, he also pledged a donation of $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.  —  The head of Fox News' parent company just took …
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals mere weeks after theatrical releases  —  Studios are said focused on project despite exhibitor pushback  —  Theater chains are said to seek 10 years of revenue split
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Executive director Anthony Romero says ACLU will no longer defend groups seeking to march with firearms, deciding case by case, screening for possible violence  —  Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance  —  The American Civil Liberties Union …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
MSNBC finished Wednesday as the number one network across all of cable TV for the first time in its history  —  Whenever President Trump finds himself embroiled in controversy, cable news generally sees significant ratings improvement.  This has been especially true for MSNBC, which has become the resistance network for the Trump era.
Discussion: Variety, Newser, @tylerc and @kenvogel
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Munich appellate court backs Adblock Plus in lawsuit against RTL Interactive, ProSiebenSat.1, and Süddeutsche Zeitung  —  Publishers have failed again in their attempts to have ad blocking ruled illegal.  —  Germany's Eyeo, the maker of the popular Adblock Plus browser extension that's used …
Discussion: @zdnet
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hearst is launching an incubator focused on making early-stage investments in women-led startups, aims to invest a total of $2.5M-$5M in ~10 companies a year  —  HearstLab over the past year has invested in 11 companies in media, information, or services  —  Hearst, the parent …
Discussion: @srabil and @larakiara
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Internal memo: Mic is laying off 25 staffers, primarily from its news and editorial departments, as it shifts focus to video and visual journalism  —  Mic.com laid off staffers on Thursday in what is part of a larger pivot to video that it will begin later this month.
 
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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook starts offering in-stream-only video ad units that will play as users watch videos on Facebook
Discussion: AdExchanger
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers
Discussion: @novy_williams
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Electric Jukebox, a UK music streaming service that works through TVs, comes to US with launch of Roxi device for $199 and a subscription of $52 per year
Discussion: Forbes and RAIN News
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In unexpected move, HBO gave Vice go-ahead to post Charlottesville story to YouTube immediately after it aired on TV