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6:55 PM ET, August 9, 2016

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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Fox in eight-figure settlement talks with Gretchen Carlson over Ailes lawsuit; tapes of Ailes in conversation with multiple women could become public  —  In the subterranean newsroom, fear is everywhere.  “Hacking was bad,” says one person familiar with the internal investigation.
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Tobias Burns / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter says Fox News employee once dated him to gather intelligence for the network, while he ran the TVNewser blog  —  The ‘Reliable Sources’ host said Fox News spied on him under the cover of a romance with one of the network's staffers.
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Tantaros' initial allegations of inappropriate behavior didn't name Ailes, complaints only made after Fox News accused her of breach of contract  —  Through a lawyer, Tantaros has alleged her removal was retaliation for complaints against Roger Ailes.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News presenters and producers feared Ailes had tapped their phones and was monitoring their conversations  —  Until recently, getting Fox News employees to talk could be tough.  —  Before former host Gretchen Carlson accused her boss, now former-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes …
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Disney buys a 33% stake for $1B in streaming firm BAMTech, now spun out of MLB digital business, and plans streaming sports network  —  If cord-cutting ever gets bad, Disney now has an easier way to go direct to consumer.  —  Disney is buying a one-third stake in streaming video company BAM Tech …
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Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Disney beats Q3 targets with revenue of $14.28B vs $14.16B expected, confirms $1B investment in MLB's BAMTech  —  Disney on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenue and profit that was better than Wall Street had expected.  —  It also announced that it bought a minority stake in BAMTech …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent will offer 25 creators cash grants from $2,500 to $100K as well as promotional support through its new Discovery Fund, for 10-30 days of exclusivity  —  Over the past few years, BitTorrent has worked to move beyond its associations with online piracy by giving tools to musicians …
Discussion: bundle.media, Forbes, Engadget and Variety
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Margaret Sullivan defends John Oliver against NAA broadside, says Chavern should be grateful for a hilarious and poignant celebration of the news industry  —  John Oliver's 19-minute riff about what's become of local newspapers made me laugh.  Parts of it also made me want to cry.
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Newspaper Association of America:
David Chavern, CEO and president of the Newspaper Association of America, takes John Oliver to task for petty insults and stating the obvious about journalism
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
News Corp profits fall 28% YoY to $684M, revenue for news and information services division falls 7% or $393M to $5.338B  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has reported a 28 per cent decline in profit to $684m for the year to the end of June.  —  The latest fiscal report, for the US-based company …
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Max Mason / Financial Review:   News Corp. Chief Exec predicts real estate revenue will become biggest driver of company earnings in future, after real estate services grow 32% YoY to $US822M
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
Renewed focus on data in journalism by people like Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times' Nate Cohn can lead to pompous “analysis” and arcane distinctions  —  As the Internet changes journalism, one clear trend is a focus on data, championed by the likes of Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times's Nate Cohn.
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Aggrego's Sun Times Network, envisioned by Michael Ferro to cover 70 cities through aggregation, ends as one page of outdated national news and “native” ads  —  As Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro spearheads digital journalism at one of the country's biggest newspaper companies …
Discussion: The Awl - Medium and @lynnemarek
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Wall Street Journal's digital subscriptions total 948K at end of the 2016 fiscal year, up 25.9% YoY from 753K  —  The Wall Street Journal digital subscribers totaled 948,000 at the end of the 2016 fiscal year, according to a company news release on Monday.  —  That's compared to 753,000 in the prior year, or up 25.9 percent.
Discussion: Cision
 
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Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
Scripps Networks Interactive reports Q2 profit of $184.6M, down from $193.7M a year ago, 22% increase in revenue to $892.8M; ad sales are 70% of total revenue
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
New York Times assigns Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh to cover U.S. elections as part of global effort to reach international readers
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Amid US election season, some news organizations rethink traditional standards on profanity
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
How conservative news sites like the Drudge Report have resurfaced photos and videos of Hillary Clinton to stir up false controversy about her health
Andy Carvin / Reported.ly:
Reported.ly to suspend operations from Aug 31, after First Look Media decides to end relationship; team is considering options, like launching as an independent
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
NBCU signs programming deal with Snapchat, will create original shows for the social network, drawing on talent from SNL, The Tonight Show
Discussion: Fast Company