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9:25 PM ET, October 23, 2016


 Top News: 
AT&T announces a half-stock, half-cash deal to acquire Time Warner, valuing the company at $85.4B  —  - New company with complementary strengths to lead the next wave of innovation in converging media and communications industry.  —Combination unlike any other …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Resistance from Time Warner execs like Jeff Bewkes, head of HBO at the time, doomed the AOL merger, which raises questions about the prospects of the AT&T deal  —  The 2000 merger with AOL made Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes nauseated, so what's different now?  —  In the end, I guess you could finally say Steve Case was right.
New York Times:
AT&T-Time Warner deal will likely face tougher regulatory scrutiny and higher political hurdles than earlier Comcast-NBCUniversal deal  —  A cable and internet provider decides to buy an entertainment conglomerate.  —  The merger is met with skepticism by industry analysts and outrage …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump wins endorsement from Las Vegas Review-Journal, bought by Republican megadonor and casino owner Sheldon Adelson in late 2015  —  Donald Trump has received a scant few newspaper endorsements in the 2016 race, but he's finally received one from a major city newspaper: The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Curt Schilling is joining Breitbart to host political daily online radio show  —  With it is looking increasingly unlikely Donald Trump will be heading to the White House, the prospect that he will partner with his campaign CEO, Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to show more images and stories with graphic content, including violence and nudity, if they're “newsworthy, significant or of public interest”  —  Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook staff wanted to block some Trump posts as hate speech, like one on banning Muslim immigrants; Zuckerberg chose to keep them  —  Ruling by CEO Mark Zuckerberg to keep presidential candidate's posts spurred heated internal debates  —  Some of Republican presidential candidate …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Dyn says Friday's DDoS attack on its DNS service came from tens of millions of IPs, and involved the Mirai botnet of IoT devices  —  Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Why AT&T would want to buy Time Warner: content packaged with data connections, a shrinking DirecTV business, and competition with Verizon, Facebook, and Google  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is busy, so we'll answer for him.  —  More than 16 years ago, AOL bought Time Warner for $160 billion …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Fusion employees say executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization  —  Executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization, employees say  —  Earlier this month, a majority of editorial staffers at Fusion signed union cards to join the growing list …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
A look at The Incline, Jim Brady's new local digital news operation in Pittsburgh and cross-state cousin to Philadelphia's Billy Penn  —  The last time I talked to Jim Brady, he was very proud of the way he was adapting to Philadelphia, where he launched the local digital news operation Billy Penn two years ago.
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA 2016 online commenting report: 82% of new sites allow commenting, 65% of organizations say their journalists are subject to online trolling
Joe Freeman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Story of two enslaved teens shows the power of investigative reporting in Myanmar, as some press freedoms advance
Kurt Wilms / YouTube Blog:
Third US presidential debate drew 1.7M peak concurrent views on YouTube, four times higher than 2012 debate
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