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6:50 AM ET, February 9, 2017


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Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
WH Press Sec Sean Spicer made repeated, vague references to an Islamist terrorist attack in Atlanta that didn't happen, echoing Conway's Bowling Green statement  —  Kellyanne Conway's “Bowling Green massacre” isn't the only case of a White House aide pointing to a terror attack that didn't happen …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
The New York Times partners with Spotify, giving readers who buy one-year digital subscriptions unlimited access to the music service's premium tier  —  Joint online news and music subscription costs $5 per week  —  Publisher seeking to maintain momentum after subscriber surge
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
WSJ editor Gerard Baker to host town hall on Feb. 13 where he will address concerns about Trump coverage, amidst growing disquiet and anger in the newsroom  —  Amid growing newsroom discontent over his perceived resistance to critical coverage of Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal editor …
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
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Condé Nast buys social data and marketing platform CitizenNet to broaden its audience-targeting capabilities beyond its own properties to social platforms  —  The deal will help expand Condé Nast's audience-targeting capabilities across social platforms.  —  Condé Nast's New York office.
Discussion: Condé Nast
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: White House Correspondents Dinner has yet to find a comedian headliner, with many celebrities choosing to avoid the event  —  “I see it as a huge opportunity for a comedian to do something interesting," says Larry Wilmore, who headlined 2016's dinner, as the host gig goes unfilled …
Discussion: @thrmattbelloni and Vanity Fair
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Sources: Google combines product teams for YouTube Music and Google Play Music, likely paving way for a single music app in the future  —  Come together, right now, over me  —  According to several sources familiar with the change, the product teams working on YouTube Music and Google Play Music are being combined into a single unit.
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser, CBS News, Mediaite, Ad Age and YouTube
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Spike TV to be rebranded as Paramount Network as part of a Viacom turnaround plan  —  Kevin Kay is expected to remain at the top of the network, with the change coming as early as 2018.  —  There's a big change coming to Spike TV.  —  Viacom's male-focused cable network …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flipboard debuts personalized Smart Magazines, which aggregate stories on various topics, available today  —  Flipboard is releasing a big update today, which introduces “Smart Magazines” — a new way for people to find news stories and other content tied to their interests.
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