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12:26 PM ET, June 8, 2017


 Top News: 
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Comey says he authorized a “close friend” at Columbia Law School to leak the content of his Trump memo to the press to prompt a special counsel investigation  —  Shortly after his dismissal as head of the FBI, James Comey authorized “a close friend” to leak the contents of his memos …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Sources: Verizon will cut about 15% of AOL-Yahoo staff, or as many as 2.1K jobs, after merger closes  —  The proportion of jobs being made redundant across AOL and Yahoo is around 15 per cent globally, we have confirmed with our sources.  —  This shakes out to as many as 2,100 jobs being lost as part of the corporate merger.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Greg Gianforte apologizes to Ben Jacobs for his conduct, says he will donate $50K to CPJ; Jacobs says he has “accepted” the apology  —  Congressman-elect issues apology to Ben Jacobs over ‘unprofessional, unacceptable, unlawful’ actions as he faces criminal charges over the incident
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A look at The Eyes of War, a crowdfunded conflict-zone reporting project that has helped Italy's Il Giornale paper fund 90 trips across the world since 2013  —  “We're a news site so we need to cover these things, but there's not a lot of money to do everything.
Rani Molla / Recode:
Cisco: online video is expected to triple bandwidth consumption in the next five years  —  What the internet will look like in 2021.  —  An explosion of online video is expected to triple bandwidth consumption in the next five years.  —  Internet video consumption will make up 82 percent …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Ahead of UK and German elections, Facebook's role in political advertising and misinformation falls under scrutiny  —  Lawrence Dodd lives in one of Britain's most fiercely fought voting districts, and has been peppered almost daily with ads from the country's major political parties on Facebook.
Maeve McClenaghan / The Bureau of Investigative …:
UK project Who Targets Me, with 10K users, reveals the unregulated Facebook “dark ads” that are on the rise in the final days before election
New York Times:
Case study: researchers show how a story moved from a parody site in 2014 to Facebook, then Russian TV, two British tabloids and on to Fox News in 2017  —  Made up Russian attack on U.S. ship Invented a quote from a U.S. Air Force general Reprinted article with only hints of skepticism
Daniel Sieberg / Google:
Google is supporting an initiative, in partnership with the World Bank and Code For Africa, that aims to train 6K+ journalists in 12 African cities by Feb. 2018  —  For journalists, recent advances in digital technology present compelling new opportunities to discover, tell and share stories …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Alt-right's Jack Posobiec and Chuck Johnson claim Breitbart is caving to the left and losing influence, cite resignation of Milo Yiannopoulos as turning point  —  On Monday morning, Breitbart News fired staffer Katie McHugh, following a series of incendiary weekend tweets broadcast in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Blogger at neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer gets pledges of $150K to fight SPLC privacy suit claiming he organized a troll storm against a Jewish woman
Nick Schager / Yahoo:
Sony to provide edited versions of 24 movies purchased on iTunes, VUDU, and FandangoNow to fight third-party recuts without violence, sexuality, and profanity
Christopher Grant / Polygon:
Polygon launches three sites devoted to specific games: The Rift Herald for League of Legends, The Flying Courier for Data 2, and Heroes Never Die for Overwatch
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Sam Shead / Business Insider:
Sources: Unilad founder Alex Partridge wins legal battle against current management that could force sale of site
Maureen Ryan / Variety:
Planet of the Apps review: Apple's foray into original content is “bland, tepid” and a “barely competent knock-off of Shark Tank”
Jessica Goodfellow / The Drum:
News UK launches team to sell vertical 10-second video ads, repurposing Storyful video and making new video, to work out of commercial division, The Bridge
Knight First Amendment Institute:
In letter, Knight First Amendment Institute demands President unblock Twitter accounts of critics, calling @realDonaldTrump a “designated public forum”