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5:05 AM ET, September 30, 2016


 Top News: 
USA Today:
For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today's editorial board takes a stance on presidential race, saying Trump is unfit for the presidency  —  The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.  We're doing it now.  —  In the 34-year history of USA TODAY …
Bryan West / KPNX:
Arizona Republic says it has gotten death threats and canceled subs over its endorsement of Clinton, the first time it's ever supported a Dem for president  —  The decision, impact and reasons for endorsing Hillary Clinton. … PHOENIX - The Arizona Republic says it has received death threats …
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Sources: a Viacom-CBS merger could require that Shari Redstone vote her shares however CBS head Les Moonves prefers, so he can shore up a struggling Viacom  —  Les Moonves, the head of CBS, would need assurances on how owner Shari Redstone would vote her shares.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc. bidding to acquire Argentine TV broadcaster Telefe in deal valued at up to $400M
Discussion: Variety
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Fortune, Time, and CNBC defend their informal unscientific online polls shared after the presidential debate  —  Donald Trump continues to mislead people about political polling, forcing several news outlets to reconsider whether they should post “who won?” online surveys after presidential debates.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
INMA survey of 37 news executives from Europe and the US finds that Facebook accounts for about 30% of total visits to their websites on average  —  For publishers, Facebook is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room: They know they have to deal with it, but they aren't always sure of the best strategy for approach.
David Bond / Financial Times:
Daily Mail owner DMGT says print advertising down 12%, digital up 17%, as it more than triples cost cutting from £15M to £50M amid challenging market conditions  —  Daily Mail and General Trust will make deeper cuts in staff and other operating costs as part of a strategic review …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC delays a vote on its plan to open the TV set-top box market after objections by cable industry and disagreements on details among commissioners  —  You'll have to wait longer for free TV apps that replace rented set-top boxes.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has delayed a vote …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO comes to PlayStation, either through HBO Now app or as part of PlayStation Vue TV service, in a top-tier bundle or $15/month add-on  —  HBO is coming to Sony's PlayStation, and consumers will have more than one way to pay for the network: An app for HBO's standalone subscription service HBO …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
CNN's Corey Lewandowski no longer receiving severance payments from the Trump campaign; a source says the remainder of his contract was paid off in one lump sum  —  Former Donald Trump campaign manager and now CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski is no longer receiving severance payments from the campaign.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Times of London retiring Times Weekly, its $3.99/month app launched in January to reach international readers; last edition will be published on October 31  —  The Times of London on Thursday said it was shutting down its Times Weekly app, a subscription app that the British paper launched …
Felix Gillette / Bloomberg:
Editor-in-Chief Dylan Howard says The National Enquirer's affection for Trump reflects reader preferences, not Trump's friendship with CEO David Pecker  —  An army of crazed monkeys.  John Belushi's drug dealer.  Lee Harvey Oswald's autopsy photo.  The contents of Henry Kissinger's trash cans.
Discussion: @emtitus and @mlcalderone
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
The CW TV Network releases new Apple TV app that eliminates cable subscription login, but limits content to only five episodes from most recent season of shows  —  As promised last week, The CW network today released a new Apple TV app that allows all fourth-generation Apple TV owners to watch …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Six Colors
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Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
News publisher Circa announces Circa 360, a new project that will produce two weekly ad-supported VR pieces with production company MomentumXR
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify-SoundCloud deal makes sense because it would build Spotify's user base and give SoundCloud investors a return, but sources say deal might not happen
Max Willens / Digiday:
Time Inc. is launching two contributor networks: Springboard, for events, and Time Inc. Connect, using influencers to create content for editors and advertisers
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Sami Main / Adweek:
Video Advertising Bureau report: 87% of streaming is done by only 6% of the US population
Discussion: @zimbalist and @mathewi

From Techmeme:

Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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