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2:50 AM ET, May 19, 2017

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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief and architect of conservative-oriented TV news, has died at 77, his wife Elizabeth says in a statement  —  “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.  Roger was a loving husband to me …
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Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Prior to his death, Ailes was discussing the formation of a new right-wing news network, despite the non-compete provisions in his severance agreement  —  The Fox News exec understood the intensity of the unhappiness and anger in another America that liberal media people are only now waking up to with Donald Trump.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland  —  - Spotify bought a French AI start-up called Niland that has a unique approach to music recommendations.  — It's in a race with Apple and Pandora to use AI and other methods to give music customers the best music-discovery experience.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Medium launches audio versions of stories, narrated by actors or post writers, for subscribers, with 50+ available now, and more coming  —  Medium is hoping to sweeten the pot in order to get you to become a paying member.  The publishing platform provider said that members will now be provided …
Politico:
Sources: Sean Spicer is no longer expected to do a daily, on-camera briefing after Trump's foreign trip, as Trump weighs broader communications shakeup  —  Several officials say Spicer is no longer expected to do a daily, on-camera briefing after Trump's foreign trip.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google says there are 2B pages and 900K domains using AMP; pages now load twice as fast  —  As Google looks for ways to keep people using its own mobile search to discover content — in competition with apps and other services like Facebook's Instant Articles — the company is announcing some updates to AMP …
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Facebook signs deal with MLB to broadcast 20 Friday night games live this season, with the first one being streamed tomorrow  —  Facebook just announced that it has reached a deal with Major League Baseball to broadcast 20 games live on Facebook this season, part of the tech giant's big push into premium video.
New York Times:
Trump's urging that Comey jail reporters is denounced by journalists and press freedom groups as an act of intimidation  —  During a private meeting in February with the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, President Trump floated a proposal that, even by the standards of a leader …
David McCabe / Axios:
FCC votes to begin rolling back Obama-era rules governing net neutrality for ISPs  —  The long-anticipated rollback of net neutrality rules has officially begun.  The FCC voted along party lines on Thursday to formally consider Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scrap the legal foundation for the rules …
Indira A.R. Lakshmanan / Poynter:
The Washington Post withheld key details about an ISIS bomb plot from a story at the urging of officials - yet Trump shared the same info with Russian officials  —  When The Washington Post broke the story this week that President Trump shared highly classified intelligence from a U.S. ally with Russia …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic relaunches its homepage to emphasize density, doubling the number of “above the fold” stories  —  The casual reader could be forgiven for assuming that The Atlantic is not a hot center of high-velocity digital innovation.  We are, after all, 160 years old.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Digital media company Brit + Co announces $15M round led by Verizon Ventures, bringing total raised to $45M; the company now plans to expand into new verticals
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
The Daily Beast hires former Gawker president Heather Dietrick as its new president and publisher
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Sky News says it is being cut out of the Conservative election campaign as a result of its political coverage, issues public complaint
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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Twitter lets you see which advertisers are targeting you, opt out from individual interest categories, and will remove support for Do Not Track on June 18