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5:33 PM ET, June 1, 2017

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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump ethics waiver allows Steve Bannon to interact with Breitbart despite prior ties to the news outlet  —  Exemptions aid Conway, Bannon and four ex-lobbyists.  —  President Donald Trump's executive order on ethics has been waived at least 11 times since the administration came into office in January …
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New York Times:
White House waiver that lets Bannon communicate with Breitbart News may skirt ethics rules; “there is no such thing as a retroactive waiver,” ethics chief says
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google will give publishers at least 6 months to prepare for a Chrome-based ad filter coming next year, offering a self-service tool for analyzing ads  —  Internet giant describes tool as a ‘filter’ for ads that are bothersome to web users  —  Google has told publishers it will give …
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George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google says it will preinstall an ad filter in Chrome starting early 2018 aimed at ads deemed “annoying” by the Coalition for Better Ads  —  Google's Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience, the company confirmed on Thursday.
Debra Borchardt / Forbes:
High Times has been acquired by Los Angeles-based investment firm Oreva Capital in a deal valued at $70M  —  The 43-year-old cannabis magazine High Times has been acquired by Oreva Capital in a deal valued at $70 million.  The Los Angeles-based investment firm, founded by Adam Levin …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Intercept is launching a three-tiered paid membership program with perks like invites to events, access to behind-the-scenes reports, and tote bags  —  “We'd be happy to see a healthy portion of our budget paid for by the membership program.”  —  Just because a newsroom is backed …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Pro-Trump writer Cassandra Fairbanks sues Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller, alleging defamation for tweet claiming Fairbanks made a “white power hand gesture”  —  A pro-Trump journalist and political activist sued a Fusion reporter in federal court in Washington, D.C. Thursday …
Ross A. Lincoln / The Wrap:
The Last Word host, Lawrence O'Donnell, announces new contract with MSNBC that will cover the “next couple of years”  —  “The Last Word” host has been negotiating a new contract with the cable news network amid reports of behind-the-scenes tensions
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The AP Stylebook now includes new guidelines on data: requesting it, scraping it, reporting on it, and publishing it  —  It's fitting that, in a year when the Panama Papers investigation won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting (the entire leaked data set for that investigation …
Reuters:
After committing to EU to remove hate speech, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft remove 59% of hate speech in 24 hours on average, up from 28% in Dec.  —  Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: Trump's leading candidate to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors is Michael Pack, a Bannon ally and conservative documentarian and publisher  —  With sweeping new powers, the position would oversee public media reaching 100 countries.  —  The Trump administration's leading candidate …
 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube expands creator guidelines about “ad-friendly” video and adds three categories not eligible for ads
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Ebony magazine is blocking writers it hasn't paid on Twitter, including Baratunde Thurston and Adrienne Samuels Gibbs
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Microsoft Garage launches curated news aggregator app Your News for Xbox One
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