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1:30 AM ET, June 11, 2017


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN drops the series Believer with Reza Aslan after Aslan, an Iranian-American religious scholar, called Trump a “piece of s**t” in a tweet after London attack  —  CNN no longer believes in “Believer,” the non-fiction series it launched earlier this year with Reza Aslan, the Iranian-American author and religious scholar.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Assassin masqueraded as a reporter for Le Monde in Ukraine for more than a year before attempting murder during an “interview”  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians have long struggled with fake news from Russia, but last week, they discovered something even more insidious: a fake journalist.
Discussion: @clarajeffery, @maddow and @comradewong
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
Apple's Podcasts app to report to podcasters how many people are listening and where listeners stop or skip, and will enable downloads of full seasons
Amy Qin / New York Times:
A large number of Chinese celebrity news blogs have shut down in recent days as media censors tighten online publishing regulations  —  BEIJING — Whether read openly and voraciously or behind closed doors, celebrity gossip plays an integral role in the entertainment world …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
Tencent launches a new WeChat feature to collect and debunk online rumors, but government sources debunking political articles in the app may cause confusion  —  Today Chinese internet giant Tencent launched a new feature (link in Chinese) for its WeChat app designed to collect and debunk online rumors …
NowThis News requires its staffers to sign a non-compete that bars them for two years from taking a job at places like CNN, Vice, BuzzFeed, and Vox  —  New hires at the social news outlet must sign a contract that forbids them from taking a job at places including CNN, Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Comey hearing draws nearly 20M broadcast and cable TV viewers, according to Nielsen, while Twitter says 2.7M viewers tuned into its Bloomberg stream  —  A congressional hearing rarely attracts much attention, but Thursday's testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey brought major ratings …
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is experimenting with audio articles using Amazon Polly, a service that converts article text into lifelike speech  —  The Washington Post today announced it has started experimenting with audio articles using Amazon Polly, a service that converts article text into lifelike speech.
Discussion: GeekWire
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Postmates acquihires Secret CEO David Byttow's startup Bold; Bold will shut down its enterprise blogging tool, plus the anonymous publishing space IO  —  The founder of one of Silicon Valley's most famous flameouts, anonymous social app Secret, is the new product lead for Postmates' app.
Ricardo Baca / Columbia Journalism Review:
High Times' recent sale to a Los Angeles-based investment firm may give the magazine a chance to reinvigorate its neglected editorial operation  —  A display of High Times magazine covers during the High Times Cannabis Cup at Denver Mart in Denver, Colorado on April 20, 2014.
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Matt Volz / AP News:
Prosecutor expects Gianforte to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault on Monday, with potential maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and $500 fine
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Heat Street co-founder Noah Kotch named EIC and VP of; Joanne Po from WSJ named head of digital content development and executive producer
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Backchannel moves to from Medium on June 21; editorial chief says Medium is “no longer as focused on helping publications like ours profit”
Alanna Petroff / CNNMoney:
The UK election upset has increased the risk that Rupert Murdoch's planned takeover of Sky may be delayed, some analysts say
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Employees at Al Jazeera's Washington bureau fear that Qatar's diplomatic crisis will cause the network to close or cut funding
Discussion: @mlcalderone
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Annlee Ellingson / Los Angeles Business Journal:
Stem, a payment platform for musicians and artists, raises $8M Series A to scale its product