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5:10 PM ET, August 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Steve Bannon is leaving post as WH chief strategist; official statement says departure was by mutual accord, sources conflict on whether he was fired or quit  —  President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Steve Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart News and is holding a grudge against Matt Drudge, who he believes helped speed his ouster  —  Sources say Bannon will return to Breitbart, and an ally says he has his eye on one person who he thinks helped accelerate his exit: Matt Drudge.
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals mere weeks after theatrical releases  —  Studios are said focused on project despite exhibitor pushback  —  Theater chains are said to seek 10 years of revenue split
Lauren Huff / Hollywood Reporter:
In email to friends, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump's response to Charlottesville tragedy and pledges $1M to Anti-Defamation League  —  In a memo, he also pledged a donation of $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.  —  The head of Fox News' parent company just took …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google is testing new tools with NYT and FT to boost subscription for publishers; tools may include changes to “first click free”, payment and targeting options  —  Changes coming around search results and potentially payments  —  New York Times and Financial Times are first early testers
Discussion: The Verge, 9to5Google and @tcarmody
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
When internet intermediaries like GoDaddy, Google, and CloudFlare bar neo-Nazis, dangerous precedent is set for silencing legitimate voices  —  In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that …
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Executive director Anthony Romero says ACLU will no longer defend groups seeking to march with firearms, deciding case by case, screening for possible violence  —  Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance  —  The American Civil Liberties Union …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
MSNBC finished Wednesday as the number one network across all of cable TV for the first time in its history  —  Whenever President Trump finds himself embroiled in controversy, cable news generally sees significant ratings improvement.  This has been especially true for MSNBC, which has become the resistance network for the Trump era.
Discussion: Variety, Newser, @tylerc and @kenvogel
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Munich appellate court backs Adblock Plus in lawsuit against RTL Interactive, ProSiebenSat.1, and Süddeutsche Zeitung  —  Publishers have failed again in their attempts to have ad blocking ruled illegal.  —  Germany's Eyeo, the maker of the popular Adblock Plus browser extension that's used …
Discussion: @zdnet
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Complex Networks, a joint venture of Verizon and Hearst, and cable channel Fuse Media partner to share content and sell ads across platforms  —  Sales teams will work together on ad packages to reach millennials  —  Fuse Media and Complex Networks are joining forces to reach millennial viewers.
Discussion: Adweek, Variety and Deadline
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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook starts offering in-stream-only video ad units that will play as users watch videos on Facebook
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Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Cheddar signs radio deals with iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, TuneIn, Amazon Alexa, and Otto Radio
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Facebook will limit the spread of stories in News Feed that feature either fake video play buttons or videos of only a static image