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9:15 AM ET, May 11, 2017


 Top News: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
US media outlets were shut out of Trump meeting with Russia's Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, while Russian state news agency TASS was allowed in  —  On Wednesday morning as controversy swirled over the president abruptly firing his FBI chief amid an investigation of possible ties between …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
FCC's website has been flooded with 128K+ identical fake anti-net neutrality comments via its public comment system API  —  Several people we spoke to denied they had posted comments to the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) feedback pages.  —  A bot is thought to be behind the posting …
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
HHS Secretary Tom Price praises WV police for “doing what they thought was appropriate” in arresting journalist, says “gentleman was not in a press conference”  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on Wednesday commended police in West Virginia for …
Reporter released after being arrested in WV while he tried to ask questions of HHS Secretary Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway; police said he caused disturbance
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused game studio behind Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, for an undisclosed sum  —  Google announced today that it's acquiring Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused studio that created Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Cannes Film Festival allows two Netflix movies into competition this year but will require future films to screen in French theaters  —  PARIS - A week before its opening ceremony, the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that the Netflix movies “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
SEC filing: settlements related to Ailes at 21st Century Fox cost $10M in first 3 months of 2017, $45M for 9 months ending March 31, not including Ailes payout  —  O'Reilly accuser: It's about women's rights, not revenge  —  The costs of the Roger Ailes era at Fox News keep rising.
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's anti-press approach could erode legal and cultural safeguards for state and local journalists, who already face harsh economic pressures  —  It's become clear in recent months that Donald Trump's growling at the national press has, in many ways, backfired.
Discussion: @nppalawyer and @petersterne
J.K. Trotter / Jezebel:
Sources: divorce affidavit of Bill O'Reilly's ex-wife details abuse incident after she caught him engaging in phone sex, a practice mentioned in Fox News cases  —  Bill O'Reilly's ex-wife swore in an affidavit that the disgraced Fox News host brutally assaulted her in their Long Island home …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Bloomberg redesigns Apple TV app to offer additional contextual data to video feed  —  Bloomberg Media doesn't want users to look away from the TV screen when streaming video through its TV app.  —  The publisher has redesigned its Apple TV app with a focus on bringing relevant data to the video feed.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Vice launches digital magazine, Vice News Issues, with long form articles and videos on its homepage, will integrate them with its HBO series  —  “We wanted to try to bring a little more energy back to our homepage and really act like a main magazine for a day."
Discussion: @niemanlab
Time Inc.'s Q1: total revenue dips nearly 8% to $636M, net loss increases by $18M YoY to $28M; in earnings call, CEO blames media speculation around sale  —  Time Inc. on Wednesday slashed its dividend as the magazine publisher pushed ahead with a cost-cutting plan following its decision to not sell itself …
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
New York court rejects CEN and Michael Leidig's summary judgment bid in $11M Buzzfeed “The King of Bulls**t News” libel suit, case will go to trial
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal acquires majority stake in how-to crafts website Craftsy, which receives 2M active visitors a week, for an undisclosed sum
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PBS KIDS launches its own streaming stick with access to on-demand video, games and live TV
Discussion: SlashGear and Variety
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will now rank sites with “disruptive, shocking or malicious ads” lower in News Feed