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12:20 PM ET, May 16, 2017

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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Associated Press partners with social media management company SAM to launch a Storyful competitor, the AP Social Newswire  —  The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to get into the user-generated content game, announcing on Tuesday the launch of a new service called AP Social Newswire.
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
At ESPN's upfront, President John Skipper defended the network's recent layoffs to advertisers, saying the current environment forces execs to be “realists”  —  “The current environment forces us to be realists as well as optimists,” he assured media buyers at the network's May 16 upfront.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN says it's ready to strike deals with advertisers based on live viewing figures across TV, mobile, and digital screens  —  ESPN hopes to score a touchdown in a growing competition: measuring audiences who are watching TV programming in ways other than using a TV.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Q&A with the NYT's Public Editor Liz Spayd on the role, dealing with criticism, and how she doesn't have any “wholesale regrets” about columns she's written  —  It's been a hell of a year for the public editor of The New York Times.  —  The veteran journalist Liz Spayd started in the gig last July.
Rick Kogan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune parent tronc enters into nonbinding letter of intent to acquire Wrapports Holdings, owner of rival Sun-Times; Sun-Times to operate independently  —  Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune, has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to buy the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly joining Glenn Beck on his radio show for a weekly slot, every Friday  —  Former Fox News titans Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck will be reuniting for a weekly spot on Beck's radio show.  —  “We're going to do that every Friday until Beck gets tired of me,” …
Discussion: Mediaite and Variety
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Disney CEO Bob Iger says hackers claiming to have access to an upcoming movie have demanded a ransom; the company is refusing to pay it  —  He says the hackers are demanding a ransom, which the company won't pay.  —  Have real-life pirates taken aim at Disney?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska is suing the Associated Press for libel over its reporting on his relationship with Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort  —  A Russian aluminum magnate with ties to President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is suing The Associated Press …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon launches 4K Alexa-powered Fire TVs with voice remote, available for preorder now, starting at $449 for the 43" model, $899 for 65"  —  Amazon's war with Roku enters its next phase  —  Like Roku before it, Amazon is working with TV makers to release smart televisions …
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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
As cord-cutting picks up pace, media companies are competing to make it into skinny bundles, with channels like Nickelodeon and TNT finding themselves left out
Discussion: Light Reading and Fortune
 
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