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1:05 PM ET, August 17, 2017

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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Sources: Mic is laying off between 20 and 30 editorial staffers amid what is expected to be a larger pivot to video later this month  —  Mic.com laid off staffers on Thursday in what is part of a larger pivot to video that it will begin later this month.  —  The millennial-news site …
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers  —  Estimates of pro gaming industry, audience vary wildly  —  Nielsen will provide analysis across traditional, new channels
Discussion: @novy_williams
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In unexpected move, HBO gave Vice go-ahead to post Charlottesville story to YouTube immediately after it aired on TV  —  Vice Reporter: Protesters knew what they were doing  —  When my mom shared Vice's documentary about Charlottesville on Facebook, that's when I knew it had really broken through.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Electric Jukebox, a UK music streaming service that works through TVs, comes to US with launch of Roxi device for $199 and a subscription of $52 per year  —  A hardware-based music-streaming service that only works through your TV?  That's exactly what Electric Jukebox brought to market in the U.K. last year.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Sources: Steve Bannon has told associates that he didn't know he was giving an interview to Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect  —  Steve Bannon's White House colleagues can't believe what they're reading tonight — and here's the twist: neither can Bannon.
Tom Barnes / Mic:
Spotify says it has begun to remove white supremacist acts that were flagged three years ago as “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center  —  In November 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center put together a list of 54 racist bands that had made a home for themselves on iTunes.
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  —  Like ones that have a fake play button on videos of still images … Facebook has announced two new updates that will limit video clickbait posts from appearing in the News Feed.
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Verizon expects to resume buying video ads on YouTube after pulling them in March, under proviso third-party tests prove ads will not run near unsavoury content  —  Verizon said Tuesday that it will resume buying video ads on YouTube after a five-month break that was triggered by concerns …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Cheddar signs radio deals with iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, TuneIn, Amazon Alexa, and Otto Radio  —  Have cheese, will travel.  —  Media startup Cheddar has signed a deal to bring its business-focused live content to national radio, adding to the growing distribution of its content beyond its Facebook Live origins.
Discussion: @lisahopeking and @bakermachado
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
The Coral Project announces Guides, a set of 70 how-tos, resources, and case studies aimed at helping news publishers create and sustain online communities  —  For a lot of news organizations, the comment section is an afterthought or something to be avoided altogether.  The Coral Project wants to change that.
 
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
After Charlottesville, the false-equivalency president has doubled down, and journalists are seeing the problems with “both sides” framing
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Appeals Court revives defamation claim against The New York Times from economics professor Walter Block over quote on slavery he alleges was out of context
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
The Young Turks Network partners with Verizon's Go90 to air 16-episode docu-series on climate change exclusively on the streaming service this fall
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ESPN rolls out update to Apple TV app that lets users watch four live streams simultaneously
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CNN:
White House confirms that Hope Hicks will serve as interim communications director
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
A new episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally aired on HBO Nordic and HBO Espana, with the leak then spreading to file-sharing sites