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7:25 AM ET, June 2, 2017

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump ethics waiver allows Steve Bannon to interact with Breitbart despite prior ties to the news outlet
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.
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 …
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 …
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  —  News outlets that tilt against the powers that be in President Trump's United States stand to benefit from a grateful public.
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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
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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
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