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11:40 AM ET, August 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Disney to end Netflix film distribution deal in 2019, will launch ESPN streaming service in 2018 and Disney streaming services in 2019  —  Disney will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service, the company announced today.  It intends to launch the service in 2019.
The Walt Disney Company:
Disney will pay $1.58B to acquire additional 42% stake in BAMTech, making it a majority stakeholder  —  The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC and will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney's Iger: strategic shift to streaming is both a defensive and offensive move that will include sacrifices, but is ultimately a better model  —  Disney is ready to deploy some of the company's crown jewels — Disney- and Pixar-branded movies and ESPN — in an effort to position itself …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Media reports a Q2 loss of $30.4M, compared with a year-ago loss of $161.6M, and quarterly revenue dropping 2% to $469.5M  —  Programming costs at the firm, which Sinclair has agreed to buy, rose, including $20 million of “additional expense related to the strategic shift toward …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Progressive organization Allied Progress sends letters to Sinclair and Tribune employees, warning them against merger
Discussion: TVSpy
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
Interview with Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, EFF's senior staff technologist, on increasing user trust by decreasing the use of third-party trackers  —  Last year, Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan at Princeton University looked at the top 1 million sites on the internet and found …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
President Trump continues tweeting against The Washington Post and The New York Times in apparent effort to delegitimize outside sources of information  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  In recent days, President Trump has escalated his assaults on the “Fake News” media and other institutions …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with John Stankey, the current head of AT&T's entertainment group who will run Time Warner post-acquisition  —  “Investment in content is going to increase,” says John Stankey in his first interview since being named to oversee HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN as he reveals …
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: French telecom giant Altice and its US subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on a bid for Charter Communications  —  - The French telecom giant and its U.S. cable subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on an offer to buy Charter, according to people close to the situation.
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Bloomberg to launch management consultancy unit using data from terminals, research arms, and analysts, will charge businesses $150K-$200K/month  —  Tapping its deep resources to provide consulting services for businesses  —  Bloomberg is leveraging its vast reach in financial data …
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Less than 24 hours after criticizing the NYT on Monday night for using anonymous sources, Trump tweeted a link to a Fox News segment citing anonymous officials
David Uberti / Splinter:
Breitbart names a NYT reporter working on story about government secrecy, lists those who received email from her, and says the reporting demonstrates collusion  —  Wow, a true shocker.  Breitbart's Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, let the New York Times have it in his lede:
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Dallas Morning News:
Belo, parent of Dallas Morning News, says it will outsource much ad creation and production work to Gannett, resulting in 45 layoffs
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Natt Garun / The Verge:
ACLU sues Maine's governor for deleting Facebook comments and blocking users, a week after suing KY, MD governors and a month after Knight institute sued Trump
Study of 450+ websites, associated Facebook pages, and their owners reveals inner workings of partisan pages: FB is kingmaker, right-wing's more prolific, more
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Jason Lynch / Adweek:
CBS will roll out a sports-themed 24 hour livestreaming network later this year, with CEO Les Moonves remarking it's “part of our ongoing OTT strategy”
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Franklin Foer, former editor of the New Republic, on Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' failed attempt to turn around the magazine's fortunes