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4:10 PM ET, August 10, 2016

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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
IAB, Local Media Consortium, NAA, and PageFair welcome Facebook's move to counter ad blocking  —  News this morning that Facebook will block ad-blockers on most desktop displays may be mainly about preserving its own huge ad revenue base.  —  But a quick sampling of reactions confirmed …
ESPN:
Veteran ESPN host and co-anchor of SportsCenter John Saunders has died aged 61  —  John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died.  He was 61.  —  Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming.  He covered college football …
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: Ailes threatened to have reporter Gabriel Sherman physically attacked, may have obtained his phone records illegally while he worked on Ailes bio  —  THE DAILY AILES — The Roger Ailes scandal is ballooning into something much bigger than the initial sexual harassment allegations …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
States can limit municipal broadband despite FCC ruling, three-judge panel of appeals court decides  —  Major loss for Tom Wheeler in attempt to boost broadband competition.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has lost in an attempt to preempt state laws that restrict the growth of municipal broadband networks.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeff Gottlieb files age discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles Times, claims newspaper withheld prize money from reporters  —  Jeff Gottlieb, who won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for work at the Los Angeles Times, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his former employer …
James Bradshaw / Globe and Mail:
Torstar cuts 52 jobs, nearly 50% of which were dedicated to the Toronto Star's tablet edition, dramatically shrinking the project's resources  —  Torstar Corp. has cut 52 jobs, including 45 from the Toronto Star's newsroom, drastically reducing the staff working on the ambitious tablet edition launched less than a year ago.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Bloomberg Media promotes US head of sales Keith Grossman to global Chief Revenue Officer  —  Publishing vet Keith Grossman has had a busy few years.  Just over two years ago, the Condé Nast alum left a more than decade-long career at Wired to join Bloomberg as publisher of Bloomberg Digital and Digital Products.
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Sources: Salon plans to cut down political writing and increase culture, business, and lifestyle content after the election  —  A new CEO adds conservative voices, plans ‘reallocations’ away from political coverage  —  After the presidential election in November, expect …
Marie Le Conte / BuzzFeed:
Behind The Canary, a viral news site known for spreading pro-Corbyn conspiracy theories and whose editorial choices have been labelled by some as dangerous  —  The Canary launched under a year ago and is already taking over Facebook and the Labour leadership contest with the stories “other media won't publish”.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court affirms $25M judgment against Cox, holding the ISP responsible for copyright infringement by customers  —  Last December a Virginia federal jury ruled that Internet provider Cox Communications was responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers.
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
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Tronc to roll out new SNAP CMS, built by two LA Times staffers, across newsrooms; SNAP is a WYSIWYG editor with Slack integration, workflow alerts  —  Raise your hand if you're a reporter or editor who loves your newsroom CMS.  You compose in it directly.
Discussion: @juliewestfall
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Video will stream pilots on Twitch for the first time; three pilots will premiere on August 31  —  Twitch has been expanding its video content beyond gaming for some time, thanks to classic shows featuring Bob Ross and Julia Child, as well as its own “Creative” channel where artists and musicians can showcase their work.
Discussion: Ars Technica UK
 
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