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8:05 AM ET, October 13, 2016


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Natasha Stoynoff /
Writer Natasha Stoynoff, who covered Trump for People Magazine in the early 2000s, tells her own story of alleged assault by Trump in December 2005  —  In December 2005, People Writer Natasha Stoynoff went to Mar-a-Largo to interview Donald and Melania Trump.  What she says happened next left her badly shaken.
David Bixenspan / LawNewz:
Gawker Media files new motion as part of bankruptcy proceedings, asking court to authorize investigation into Peter Thiel's financing of lawsuits against it  —  On Tuesday, Gawker Media, the largely defunct media company that recently sold most of its assets to Univision at auction …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Gawker Media's court filing shows it's trying to build a case against Peter Thiel over his financing of cases against Gawker, despite “heavy burden” of proof
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
The Washington Post tracked Facebook's Trending Topics section over three weeks, uncovering five fake stories and three profoundly inaccurate ones  —  The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we'd check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Facebook adds new ways to monetize Instant Articles, including video and carousel ads  —  Facebook has released new options around Instant Articles that lets publishers monetize their content.  For those that utilize a direct sold advertising business, they can now utilize larger …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker tells reporters writing must be sharper, shorter, and more creative as newsroom turns focus to digital  —  The Wall Street Journal is in the middle of a newsroom overhaul.  And, according to its top editor, that transformation will include a sharper focus on cutting out editorial flab.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Music Unlimited, a subscription streaming service that costs $4/month for Echo owners, $8/month for Prime members, and $10/month for all others  —  Rumors have been swirling around Amazon's plans to launch its own, standalone music streaming service, and now those reports …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
California news site Berkeleyside launches a direct public offering, giving readers a chance to invest, with up to $800K in preferred stock available  —  Based solely on the numbers, the Green Bay Packers shouldn't exist.  Its stadium, Lambeau Field, has a max capacity of 81,435 people …
Discussion: @mathewi
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora launches Pandora Plus, its $5/month ad-free service that also gives users offline playback, more song skips and replays  —  Pandora is not taking today's debut of Amazon's new, on-demand music streaming service lying down.  The company has conveniently timed the launch of its own new paid tier …
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Sources: Warner Bros. in talks to buy Machinima in deal valuing company under $100M  —  Warner Bros. is in advanced talks to buy full ownership of online video network Machinima in a deal that values the company at under $100 million, according to one person close to the talks and another briefed on it.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Newsroom memo: Huffington Post's Executive Editor Liz Heron is departing the site  —  Liz Heron, managing editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving that organization about a year after being appointed the newsroom's second-in-command.  —  Heron was hired on in September 2015 after serving …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
This American Life debuts Shortcut, a new tool that lets visitors select audio clips and turn them into videos that can be shared on FB, Twitter, elsewhere  —  Of the many problems that vex podcast and radio producers, the shareability of audio — or the lack thereof — remains at or near the top of the list.
Discussion: The New York Observer
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Hillary Grigonis / Digital Trends:
Google to shut down location-based photo sharing platform Panoramio on November 4, 2016, gives users until November 2017 to export photos
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BuzzFeed aims to grow commerce revenue with Shop BuzzFeed, its online shop which sells merchandise created by the site's illustrators and designers
Discussion: Business Insider
France adopts Digital Republic Act, which includes changes to laws surrounding net neutrality, data portability, video games, and copyright
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Playboy launches nudity-free magazine on Apple iTunes, Google Play stores, available for $5.99 per issue or $17.99 per year
Discussion: Fortune and FishbowlNY
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Rolling Stone asks that UVA case, due to start Monday, be postponed as ABC's 20/20 to air deposition footage on Friday, saying it will prejudice jury