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6:40 PM ET, February 23, 2017


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J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity's former on-air debating partner, has died at age 66  —  Longtime radio and cable news broadcaster Alan Colmes is dead at the age of 66 after reportedly battling a brief illness.  —  Fox News moments ago reported on Colmes' death with a segment narrated …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Interviews detail how Disney's $675M purchase of Maker Studios failed to thrive as prospects faded for YouTube multichannel networks  —  It wasn't one thing that transformed Maker Studios from a Disney princess to a pumpkin — there were a whole lot of many things.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
James O'Keefe's 2009 undercover audio recordings of CNN employees have landed with little impact, though not all hours of tape have been made available  —  For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O'Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The New York Times is using the Oscars to launch a multi-faceted ad campaign about “The Truth”, the paper's first TV ad push in a decade  —  The New York Times is taking the unusual and expensive step of advertising during the Academy Awards on Sunday, joining companies like McDonalds …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option  —  Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.  —  Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos …
Univision's Fusion Media Group launches Compete, a site covering e-sports and competitive gaming, operating as a Kotaku subdomain  —  Welcome to Compete, a joint venture between Deadspin and Kotaku dedicated to covering the best, worst, dumbest, most thrilling, most interesting, and …
Discussion: @deadspin and Bloomberg
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Interview with an anonymous co-founder of The Reagan Battalion, the conservative Twitter account that brought down Milo Yiannopoulos  —  One of the mysterious men behind Reagan Battalion, an anonymous conservative Twitter account, seemed floored recalling the events of the past 72 hours.
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Sources: The Financial Times is eliminating 20 editorial jobs globally to cut costs as print revenue declines  —  The Financial Times, the salmon-colored newspaper bought by Japan's Nikkei Inc. in 2015, is eliminating 20 editorial jobs globally through attrition to cut costs as print revenue declines …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK regional daily newspapers lost print sales at an average rate of 12.5% YoY in 2016, with Wigan Evening Post hit hardest, dropping 36%  —  UK regional daily newspapers audited by ABC lost print sales at an average rate of 12.5 per cent year on year in 2016, according to figures released today.
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