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9:50 AM ET, June 2, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Facebook shareholders call on the company to publish a report examining its guidelines around fake news  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced sharp criticism Thursday during the company's annual shareholders meeting about how the company operates, deals with violence and handles fake news.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The New York Times erred by ending its public editor position because the job adds credibility in the face of wide efforts to discredit the media  —  No, New York Times!  Not the public editor!  Why, with trust in news organizations at an all-time low, would you cut the one position dedicated …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Federal appeals court temporarily stays FCC TV ownership rule change that would have eased the Sinclair Broadcast and Tribune Media merger  —  A federal appeals court put on hold the FCC's plans to restore a key media ownership rule that allowed major station groups to expand through mergers and acquisitions.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches Live TV and DVR for all Plex Pass subscribers, supports all free-to-air broadcast channels  —  Plex is doubling down on its support for capturing over-the-air signals from digital antennas this morning, with the announcement that it will now not only let users record TV programs, it will also allow them to watch live TV.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is shutting down its standalone What's News app on June 30 with plans to revamp its main news app  —  The Journal is the latest news organization to build a mobile-first secondary app as a user-interface playground — and then return focus to the core app.
Discussion: @s_m_i, @annett_tim, @s_m_i and @jbenton
Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube updates “ad friendly” guidelines, takes a stronger stance on hateful and demeaning content, and inappropriate use of family entertainment characters  —  More guidance for video creators and three new types of ad-unfriendly content  —  YouTube is taking new steps today …
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
Lifehacker makes new hires and launches parenting site Offspring, the second vertical launched in 2017 by Gizmodo Media Group  —  The first big content stamp applied by new EIC Melissa Kirsch  —  A couple of weeks before the Memorial Day weekend holiday, Lifehacker editor in chief Melissa Kirsch sent out the following email to staff.
Discussion: @jmrivera02 and Offspring
Max Willens / Digiday:
Refinery29 gets a 63% click-to-open rate on its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, higher than the average rate of 15% for media newsletters  —  Refinery29 knows how to stand out in its readers' inboxes.  Its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, boasts a click-to-open rate of 63 percent …
Discussion: @digiday and @meena_thiru
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  —  The Trump administration may have skirted federal ethics rules by retroactively granting a blanket exemption …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump ethics waiver allows Steve Bannon to interact with Breitbart despite prior ties to the news outlet
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Reader contributions to the Guardian US increased by 40% over recent weekly averages after journalist Ben Jacobs' altercation with candidate Greg Gianforte
Discussion: @chrislhayes
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”
Yesha Callahan / The Grapevine:
Ebony magazine is blocking writers it hasn't paid on Twitter, including Baratunde Thurston and Adrienne Samuels Gibbs
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:
Microsoft Garage launches curated news aggregator app Your News for Xbox One
Discussion: Neowin
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Debra Borchardt / Forbes:
High Times has been acquired by Los Angeles-based investment firm Oreva Capital in a deal valued at $70M