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1:15 PM ET, August 10, 2017

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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.
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.
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 …
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Galen Stocking / Pew Research Center:
Pew report: 61% of digital-native news outlets have iOS or Android apps, 97% offer newsletters, and only 25% have an official Snapchat channel or account  —  In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become …
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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
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
ABC News paid $177M+ to settle “pink slime” lawsuit earlier this year according to earnings report from network's parent company Disney  —  ABC News made an historically large payout to settle a defamation lawsuit earlier this summer, according to a new financial release …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed hires Eric Karp, previously the general manager of licensing at Crayola, as its first head of licensing  —  Get ready for more BuzzFeed-branded products.  —  The company has hired Eric Karp, previously the general manager of licensing at Crayola, as its first head of licensing.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Profile of Josh Raffel, a 33-year-old White House spokesman who handles PR for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump  —  When reporters are working on stories that involve Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, they hear from Josh Raffel, a tough, former New York City flack now inside the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
A lab test of Infowars supplements reveals they are more or less accurately advertised, reasonably safe, and heavily overpriced, with few if any health benefits  —  Alex Jones' wildly popular suite of Infowars supplements probably won't kill you, but extensive tests provided to BuzzFeed News …
 
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Quartz sees 90% renewal rate for branded content by providing tech assistance and insights, has executed 540+ campaigns for 150+ brands in past five years
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Mic publisher describes how new mixed-media formats in social video deliver news in a compelling way, sees future as evolution of text more than pivot to video
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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
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