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5:40 AM ET, October 12, 2016


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Billy Bush to be dropped from NBC's Today show; one source says announcement will happen “in the coming days”  —  On Saturday night NBC was going to throw a surprise party for Billy Bush in Greenwich Village.  Now it has been cancelled.  —  “Surprise,” indeed.
Page Six:
Sources: NBC's Billy Bush boasted in August to NBC staff that he had a “tape of Trump being a real dog”, prompting staffers at Access Hollywood to seek out tape  —  Billy Bush brazenly bragged to NBC staff about the vulgar Donald Trump tape while covering the Olympics in Rio, multiple sources tell Page Six.
Sammy Nickalls / Esquire:
Apprentice Producer Mark Burnett releases statement, says he does not have right to release Trump footage, did not threaten anyone with legal action over leaks  —  He also added that he “has consistently supported Democratic campaigns.”  —  Amid rumors that The Apprentice producer Mark …
Kate Stanhope / Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Apprentice cast, crew accuse Trump of making sexist, racist comments while on the show, with female contestants forced to adhere to sexy dress code  —  THR spoke with several former contestants on ‘The Apprentice,’ as well as individuals who worked with Trump on the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald implied connections among Trump, WikiLeaks, and Russia that don't hold up under scrutiny  —  This tweet, retweeted thousands of times, is at best misleading. … Kurt Eichenwald is a reporter and writer who has been dogged in looking at Donald Trump over the course of the campaign.
Kurt Andersen / Esquire:
Esquire revives Spy magazine online for last 30 days of presidential campaign  —  We need you.  —  Back in the late '80s and early '90s, SPY magazine pretty much had the American satirical-journalism field all to itself.  Then came the full-blown Internet, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Google acquires FameBit to better connect YouTube creators with brands  —  Google announced on Tuesday that it has acquired FameBit, with plans to leverage its technology platform to help YouTube creators better connect with brands.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic names national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg as editor in chief, overseeing editorial in print, digital, and video  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, is the new editor in chief of the 159-year-old magazine, Bob Cohn, The Atlantic's president, announced Monday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches subscription streaming service Music Unlimited, costs $7.99/mth for Prime members, $3.99/mth for Echo owners, and $9.99/mth for all others  —  Rumors have been swirling around Amazon's plans to launch its own, standalone music streaming service, and now those reports have been proven out …
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Huffington Post executive editor Liz Heron to resign  —  Huffington Post executive editor Liz Heron is about to announce her resignation from the news site, multiple sources familiar with the matter told POLITICO.  —  Heron joined The Huffington Post in October 2015.
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Fortune's “Term Sheet” columnist Dan Primack leaves for Politico founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen's new startup; the future of the newsletter is unclear  —  The high-profile columnist has been the go-to blog for VC news and insights.  —  Dan Primack, one of the best-known …
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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
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Pakistan journalist Cyril Almeida barred from leaving the country, after Dawn published his report on rift between civilian and military leaderships
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
IMAX to launch first European VR Center at Odeon cinema in Manchester, installing a series of pods which will allow moviegoers to view VR content
Ben Travers / IndieWire:
Review of Vice News Tonight debut: without an anchor to guide viewers, it's just a series of YouTube videos stitched together, with too many topics for one show
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
CNN launches personalized business news app, CNN MoneyStream, which allows users to follow their favourite companies, topics, and CEOs
Alan Rusbridger / The New York Review of Books:
The collaborative journalism that began with WikiLeaks and Snowden found new expression with the Panama Papers, pointing to future partnerships
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
An assertive debate moderation style is effective when presidential candidates rely on confusion and shutting out the press
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