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9:00 PM ET, August 18, 2017

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Steve Bannon is leaving post as WH chief strategist; official statement says departure was by mutual accord, sources conflict on whether he was fired or quit  —  President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist …
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Breitbart:
Bannon returns to Breitbart News as executive chairman and led Friday evening editorial meeting  —  Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company's evening editorial meeting.
Bloomberg:
Bannon says he will be “going to war” for President Donald Trump and against his opponents, “on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America”  —  Aide left amid furor over Trump remarks on Virginia violence  —  Bannon was architect of Trump's 2016 election victory
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google is testing new tools with NYT and FT to boost subscription for publishers; tools may include changes to “first click free”, payment and targeting options  —  Changes coming around search results and potentially payments  —  New York Times and Financial Times are first early testers
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 …
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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
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals within weeks of theatrical release  —  Studios are said focused on project despite exhibitor pushback  —  Theater chains are said to seek 10 years of revenue split
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 …
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
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Complex Networks, a joint venture of Verizon and Hearst, and cable channel Fuse Media partner to share content and sell ads across platforms  —  Sales teams will work together on ad packages to reach millennials  —  Fuse Media and Complex Networks are joining forces to reach millennial viewers.
Discussion: Variety, Adweek and Deadline
 
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