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2:05 PM ET, June 27, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: ex-Fox News Co-President Bill Shine was offered role of White House Communications Director by Trump, announcement expected soon  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who was close to Roger E. Ailes, the network's ousted chairman, is expected to be offered the job …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:   Source: Fox News host Sean Hannity has been lobbying Trump to hire Bill Shine as White House communications director for several months
Will Oremus / Slate:
Following changes to Facebook News Feed, Slate's traffic dropped 87% from 28M in January 2017 to 4M in May 2018  —  The social giant is retreating from the news business.  It's been a painful transition for publications that had come to depend on it—including Slate.
The Wrap:
Walt Disney Co. has won approval from the US Department of Justice in its $71.3B acquisition of Fox's film and TV entertainment assets  —  Walt Disney Co. has won approval from the U.S. Department of Justice in its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's film and TV entertainment assets, the company announced Wednesday.
Discussion: Ad Age and Broadcasting & Cable
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Comcast is exploring tie-ups with private equity firms or strategic partners to get access to capital in case bids for Fox assets reach $90B  —  Company looks to private-equity investors, strategic partners  —  Comcast Corp. CMCSA -1.03% is exploring tie-ups with private-equity investors …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Daily Beast launches a membership program, Beast Inside, priced at $100/year, offering readers access to a newsletter, podcast, crime series, more  —  The Daily Beast is creating a membership program, becoming the latest example of a publication to try to drum up new revenue from readers.
Discussion: Axios, Adweek and The Daily Beast
Sridhar Ramaswamy / The Keyword:
Google rebrands AdWords as Google Ads, consolidates enterprise tools as Google Marketing Platform, and unifies publisher monetization tools as Google Ad Manager  —  We launched AdWords nearly 18 years ago with a simple goal—to make it easier for people to connect online with businesses.
Davis Richardson / The New York Observer:
When asked for comment on stories, Milo tells reporters he can't wait for “vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight”  —  Milo Yiannopoulos has started issuing reporters threatening messages when asked to comment for stories.  —  “I can't wait for the vigilante squads …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey dined with and consulted Ted Cruz, Mercedes Schlapp, Sean Hannity, and others to assuage complaints of liberal bias  —  Twitter and Facebook are scrambling to assuage conservative leaders who have sounded alarms — and sought to rile voters …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Facebook says users who saw subscription offers from news publishers inside Instant Articles were 17% more likely to subscribe than those who saw mobile links  —  Eight months after Facebook started testing subscription sales within news publishers' Instant Articles pages …
Discussion: @lmoses
Dan Taylor-Watt / About the BBC:
BBC Sounds, an app which brings together BBC radio, music, and podcasts into one place, is now available from Apple, Google, and Amazon app stores  —  Head, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds  —  Over the past year or so we've talked a lot about how we need to reinvent the BBC for a new generation.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
A look at Facebook's struggle with differentiating between legitimate political campaigns and disinformation ahead of the Mexican election next week  —  — This spring, a doctored image claiming that the wife of the leading Mexican presidential candidate was the granddaughter …
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Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
Netflix's growth has slowed, but analysts say it could reach 90M domestic subscribers in the next decade; shares have risen 97% since start of 2018
Keach Hagey / Hollywood Reporter:
Excerpt of new Sumner Redstone biography, detailing the Redstone and Philippe Dauman meeting that set in motion the fight for Redstone's empire after his death
Ben Munson / FierceCable:
Cisco announces it is working with Disney's StudioLAB, an innovation space at its Burbank studios, on remote collaboration, security, and IP-based video tech
Discussion: Variety and VentureBeat
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Dan Ingram, a popular disc jockey who worked at New York radio stations for around four decades, died Sunday aged 83
Discussion: NPR
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Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter to require email or phone number confirmation for new accounts, use ML to take action on spammy accounts, add warning on accounts behaving suspiciously
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony is shutting down Sony Crackle, its ad-supported video service, in Canada on June 28
Discussion: Tubefilter
Trevor Timm / The Intercept:
Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating the Espionage Act, agreeing to 63 months in prison, the longest known term for a violation linked to a media leak