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10:50 PM ET, August 17, 2017

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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.
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 …
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 letter he also pledged a donation of $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.  —  In a memo, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch took …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
 
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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
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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
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
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