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1:15 AM ET, May 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke to leave after tendering his resignation May 18, having served just three months  —  Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, is leaving the White House — the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons is moving the Ringer from Medium to Vox, and will maintain ownership but split ad revenue as site becomes part of Vox's brand portfolio  —  Revenue from ad sales to be split between the two companies  —  Bill Simmons is taking another step on his winding path through the annals of sports journalism.
Page Six:
Sources: Scott Pelley being shifted permanently to 60 Minutes and taken off CBS Evening News; replacement yet to be named  —  Scott Pelley is out at “CBS Evening News,” Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  Sources tell us that 'Poison Pelley's' office was being cleared out on Tuesday …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
At least 30 sites in six languages invite people to create and spread fake news stories on Facebook, generating more than 13M engagements in the past 12 months  —  Shrina Begum, the owner of Karri Twist, and the fake news story that's ruining her business.  —  Laura Gallant / BuzzFeed
Paul Cogan / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti stands by decision to publish Trump dossier despite lawsuit from Russian bankers, calls suit an attempt to silence American media  —  SYDNEY — Jonah Peretti, the CEO and cofounder of BuzzFeed, says the media company is prepared to “vigorously defend” …
Discussion: @lanesainty
Joshua Barone / New York Times:
Digital audiobook company Audible announces $5M fund to commission new audio fiction by emerging playwrights  —  Audible, the digital audiobook giant, announced Tuesday that it would create a $5 million fund to commission new works from emerging playwrights — not for the stage, but for people's headphones and speakers.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
At least two parties in addition to tronc have shown interest in buying Chicago Reader and Sun-Times; Wednesday's deadline for buyers may be extended  —  CHICAGO — At least two outside parties have shown interest in buying the Chicago Sun-Times, possibly scuttling what was thought …
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
How apps like De Dao, fewer entertainment options, and widespread adoption of mobile payments are fueling a paid content boom in China  —  For years, China was known mostly for copying U.S. innovations.  Now, the copy-catting is flowing the other way.  —  Back in early 2016 …
Max Willens / Digiday:
NYT publishes internal memo announcing it has 13M subscribers, more than twice the number it had three years ago, for its 50+ weekly editorial emails  —  The New York Times' email lists are swelling.  The Times announced in an internal memo on Tuesday that it has amassed 13 million email subscriptions …
Discussion: Recode and @petesweigard
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller stepping down after heart attack to be replaced by Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman  —  UPDATED 12:47 a.m. Glenn Geller is stepping down from his role as CBS Entertainment president, two months after suffering a mild heart attack.
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The Washington Post is using augmented reality to let audiences explore iconic buildings with their iPhone
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, has died at 78
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Irish Times Abroad, funded as a two-year project by the Google Digital News Initiative, now has 24K members after launching at the end of 2016