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5:10 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  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Bill Shine have had several serious discussions in recent days about him becoming the next communications director …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Ocasio-Cortez's win took mainstream publications like the NYT by surprise but progressive outlets like The Intercept had been covering the race for months  —  See moment Ocasio-Cortez realized victory  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a brand new name to most voters.
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, The Daily Beast and Adweek
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post dismisses a reporter who was in her initial probation period for inadequately attributing material and parroting sentences from others  —  The Washington Post has dismissed a reporter for inadequately attributing material and closely parroting sentences from other publications …
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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Greg Dool / Folio:
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Discussion: Nashville Post
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:
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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
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