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11:40 AM ET, August 18, 2017

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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 …
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 …
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
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Internal memo: Mic is laying off 25 staffers, primarily from its news and editorial departments, as it shifts focus to video and visual journalism  —  Mic.com laid off staffers on Thursday in what is part of a larger pivot to video that it will begin later this month.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google announces that YouTube TV is now available in 50% of US households, with continued rollout in coming weeks  —  Following July's expansionwhich tripled its footprint, Google today announced that YouTube TV is now available to 50 percent of U.S. households, thanks to a rollout to 14 new markets.
Simon Rogers / Google:
Google News Lab and ProPublica launch a new machine learning tool to help journalists leverage hate crime data in their reporting  —  Hate crimes in America have historically been difficult to track since there is very little official data collected and what does exist …
Discussion: @smfrogers and Gizmodo
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, the cable news networks often see their significant ratings improvement.  This has been especially true for MSNBC …
Discussion: @tylerc and @kenvogel
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook starts offering in-stream-only video ad units that will play as users watch videos on Facebook  —  Advertisers can buy video ads from Facebook that will only be served when people are viewing a video, increasing the likelihood that people will watch them.
Discussion: AdExchanger
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Reddit now allows users to upload videos of up to 15 minutes to its website or on its mobile apps for iOS and Android  —  Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service.  Reddit rolled out the new video feature Tuesday …
 
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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
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
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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
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
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
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