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10:20 AM ET, February 8, 2017


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
HBO Now, HBO's standalone digital streaming service, has surpassed 2M subscribers, Time Warner Chief Jeff Bewkes told investors on Wednesday  —  HBO's stand-alone digital streaming service has surpassed 2 million domestic subscribers, Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes told investors Wednesday.
Time Warner beats Q4 estimates, reports quarterly revenue up 11.5% to $7.89B, says AT&T merger still on track to close later this year  —  Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) reported higher-than-expected fourth-quarter results, largely due to box office hits such as the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.”
Chris Massie / CNN:
WH official, ex-Breitbart editor Sebastian Gorka, says they'll keep saying “fake news” until media realizes their “monumental desire” to attack POTUS is wrong  —  (CNN)Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, director of Amazon's Fire TV business, as VP of Apple TV product marketing; Twerdahl worked at Netflix and Roku in the past  —  Former Amazon executive also held roles at Netflix and Roku  —  The hire lets company to beef up team seeking content deals
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney reports Q1 revenue of $14.78B, down 3% YoY, vs $15B expected; net income down 14% YoY to $2.48B  —  Fiscal first quarter revenue dropped 3 percent to $14.8 billion.  —  The Walt Disney Co. earned $1.55 per share on revenue of $14.8 billion, a decline of 3 percent, during its fiscal first quarter.
Mother Jones Wins Magazine of the Year at National Magazine Awards  —  Sixty-four media organizations were honored as finalists in 20 categories with 14 publications nabbing awards.  —  The Mother Jones January-February 2017 cover.  —  The 52nd annual National Magazine Awards kicked off Tuesday …
John Hopewell / Variety:
EU agrees to cross-border access to streaming and digital content services, like video-on-demand, online TV, music, and online games, starting 2018  —  So-called ‘portability’ rules the first piece in the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy, and the least contentious
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she did not believe the network was “fake news”, contradicting Trump  —  Donald Trump's ongoing feud with CNN took an interesting turn on Tuesday when senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway admitted …
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Travis Brooks / Yelp:
Carl Bialik leaves FiveThirtyEight for Yelp, where he will work as data science editor, collaborating with journalists and sharing his findings on a blog  —  Yelp's Data Science team has dug in on projects ranging from the fun to serious forecasting, and we're excited to announce that Carl Bialik …
Discussion: @carlbialik
The Daily Dot:
FBI reverses course on plans to require most FOIA requests to come via fax or mail starting March 1, won't require phone numbers for online requests  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation will lift all restrictions on its online system for filing public-records requests and limit the amount …
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Profile of Esquire EIC Jay Fielden, who is trying to reshape the magazine for younger readers amid cultural changes that are redefining American masculinity  —  Esquire magazine, long the man's bible, looks to chart a new course in an era of transgender bathrooms and pink hats.
Discussion: @jkcorden
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New York Times hires Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, as a deputy managing editor  —  Rebecca Blumenstein, the deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, is moving a few blocks to work for the company's archrival.
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Althia Raj / Huffington Post Canada:
Sources: Canada's upcoming federal budget won't include a fund supporting local and digital media, which had been recommended by the Public Policy Forum
Ron Rosenbaum / Los Angeles Review of Books:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder of Periscope, now overseeing all operational and production aspects of Twitter's video initiatives
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube opens up mobile livestreaming to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers and debuts Super Chat, which lets users pay to highlight their messages
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Investigative reporter David Sirota says he will not be taking up the CEO role at David Brock's True Blue Media, positioned as a left-wing Breitbart
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Melania Trump files suit against Mail Media, claiming Daily Mail escort article damaged her “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” as FLOTUS to make millions