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12:20 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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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
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  —  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.”
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
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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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
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
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.
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
WWD:
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 …
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
 
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New York Times hires Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, as a deputy managing editor
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
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