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12:30 AM ET, August 10, 2017

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing Yashar Ali for defamation and $50M in damages over HuffPost story claiming Bolling sent lewd photos to female colleagues  —  Fox News host Eric Bolling has initiated a lawsuit against the reporter behind the report that led to his suspension.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned video section for original content, with producers earning 55% of ad revenue, rolling out Thursday  —  Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent.
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
NBCUniversal's comedy streaming service Seeso, launched in January 2016 with a price of $3.99/month, is shutting down later this year  —  Comedy streaming service Seeso is shutting down, the streamer announced Wednesday.  —  “We're writing to let you know that later this year …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
GateHouse owner New Media Investment Group buys Morris Publishing Group for $120M; deal includes 11 daily newspapers, 30 weeklies, and various online assets  —  New Media Investment Group has acquired Morris Publishing Group, whose portfolio includes the Augusta Chronicle …
Pew Research Center:
NPR programming across all stations rose to about 30M average weekly listeners in 2016, up 14% YoY; revenue up 9% YoY to $213M  —  MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA  —  Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says Marvel and Star Wars standalone streaming services are still being considered  —  If you're wondering why Marvel movies and Star Wars weren't mentioned as being among the titles included in Disney's upcoming streaming service, announced yesterday …
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Most analysts applaud Disney's streaming plans, as questions remain about pricing, effects on Netflix and cable operators, and Disney's content costs  —  LOS ANGELES — Disney set off a sonic boom in Hollywood by unveiling plans to start two Netflix-style services: For the first time in the streaming age …
Discussion: Forbes and Washington Post
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Mozilla launches the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative, with the aim of combatting online misinformation through new products, research, more  —  Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the Firefox browser, announced today a new program to combat online misinformation.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
BuzzFeed Germany is struggling to attract readers and advertisers, with just 3.5M monthly unique visitors in June and less than 500K likes on Facebook  —  With Germany's federal election coming up Sept. 24, BuzzFeed Germany is pushing further into news and politics coverage …
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: French telecom giant Altice and its US subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on a bid for Charter Communications  —  - The French telecom giant and its U.S. cable subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on an offer to buy Charter, according to people close to the situation.
 
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with John Stankey, the current head of AT&T's entertainment group who will run Time Warner post-acquisition
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Media reports a Q2 loss of $30.4M, compared with a year-ago loss of $161.6M, and quarterly revenue dropping 2% to $469.5M
David McCabe / Axios:
Techdirt gets $250K+ via Craig Newmark, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Charles Koch Foundation, more to cover free speech while battling Hulk Hogan's lawyer
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
Interview with Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, EFF's senior staff technologist, on increasing user trust by decreasing the use of third-party trackers
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Bloomberg to launch management consultancy unit using data from terminals, research arms, and analysts, will charge businesses $150K-$200K/month
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
President Trump continues tweeting against The Washington Post and The New York Times in apparent effort to delegitimize outside sources of information