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8:03 AM ET, August 10, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Matt Drudge explains why he began posting black and white photos on The Drudge Report on Monday: “What's old is new”  —  Matt Drudge — who has kept his look steady even as everything else in media has convulsed — made a striking change Monday, beginning with a “NUKE YOU” …
Discussion: @axios
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 …
Cory Haik / Recode:
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  —  It's more than a pivot to video — it's an evolution of text.  —  Reports of the death of the written word are greatly exaggerated.
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 …
Discussion: @brianstelter
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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David McCabe / Axios:
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Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Bloomberg to launch management consultancy unit using data from terminals, research arms, and analysts, will charge businesses $150K-$200K/month
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