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5:00 PM ET, February 8, 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 …
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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
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.
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Reuters:
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
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
In an unusual move, Wikipedia editors vote to ban The Daily Mail as a source after finding it “generally unreliable”  —  Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation poor fact checking and sensationalism’  —  Wikipedia editors have voted …
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: Vanity Fair and @thrmattbelloni
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.
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
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix is hiring an executive to oversee an expansion into branded merchandise, including the licensing of shows for books, comics, and more  —  Streaming giant to hire executive to oversee product division  —  Hot Topic selling T-shirts, mugs tied to hit ‘Stranger Things’
Patrick O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
Hackers are trying to sell a database with 83K accounts allegedly from UPI, including names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords  —  A hacker is allegedly selling a database containing 83,000 compromised accounts from UPI.com, the website of the 110-year-old American news agency United Press International.
Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed:
Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Parliament's lower house, is launching a campaign to raise awareness about online misinformation and its consequences  —  In an exclusive interview, Laura Boldrini, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, told BuzzFeed News why she is fighting back against disinformation and violent abuse.
 
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: Condé Nast has been in talks to purchase The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard for a number of months though it is unclear whether a deal will happen
Discussion: LA Observed
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
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