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4:55 PM ET, May 30, 2017

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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.
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  —  At least 30 websites invite people to make up a fake news story and share it on Facebook.  Over the past 12 months the articles …
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
WWD:
Jared Kushner-owned Observer lays off four editorial staffers a week after departure of editor-in-chief Ken Kurson  —  The Observer laid off four staffers following the departure of editor in chief Ken Kurson last week.  —  Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Verge
Nina Larson / Agence France-Presse:
Swiss court fines man $4,100 for libel after he “liked” several Facebook comments from other users that were deemed defamatory  —  In a landmark ruling, a Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” comments on Facebook accusing an animal rights activist of being a “racist” and an “anti-Semite”.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter and the BBC partner for live video of five special events related to the UK election, starting May 31  —  Twitter over the weekend announced another live streaming partnership, this time with the BBC.  The new deal will bring live video and breaking news from the BBC's U.K. election coverage to Twitter's network.
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, has died at 78  —  The longtime Sports Illustrated writer got his start at the magazine in 1962, but over his career there wasn't a medium that he didn't plunge into.  The author of more than a dozen books also made his mark on TV and radio with his booming, gruff voice.
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: @petesweigard
 
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The Guardian:
Ecuador's journalists hope new president, Lenin Moreno, adopts more tolerant approach to the press, after recent increased censorship by his predecessor
Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk:
The Washington Post is using augmented reality to let audiences explore iconic buildings with their iPhone
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Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Standing next to Putin, new French President Emmanuel Macron labels Russian-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik “propaganda” that spread falsehoods
Dan Bolles / Seven Days:
Interview with Cole Bolton, the editor in chief of The Onion, on the challenges of writing satire in the age of Trump and more
Jessica Rovello / MediaShift:
Trends from NewFronts: publishers defecting from YouTube, embracing interactive formats, while premium publishers are using their credibility as a selling point
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Over two dozen EU publishers ask regulators to rethink a proposed law that would require an opt-in or opt-out for cookie tracking within browsers and apps
Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
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