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7:00 AM ET, October 18, 2016

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Tyler Kingkade / BuzzFeed:
Interview with UVA dean about school's stance on sexual assault to be allowed in Rolling Stone libel case as the magazine tries to prove it acted without malice  —  As the defamation suit over Rolling Stone's botched campus rape article goes to trial, the magazine wants to show …
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Peter Sterne / Politico:
Rolling Stone deleted an article about the NBA and domestic violence on Friday, after the NBA disputed a number of assertions in the piece  —  Rolling Stone quietly removed an online article about the NBA and domestic violence on Friday, two days after it was published, POLITICO has learned.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Billy Bush's Departure From ‘Today’ Is Now Official  —  As of Monday, Billy Bush is no longer with NBC's “Today” show, the program's supervising executive said in a note to staffers.  —  “Billy Bush will be leaving the Today show's 9 a.m. hour, effective today,” said Noah Oppenheim …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Center for Public Integrity: journalists, including The New Yorker's TV critic Emily Nussbaum, have donated $382K to Clinton's campaign, $14K to Trump's  —  Hillary Clinton speaks with supporters at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sam Levin / Guardian:
Judge rejects riot charges for journalist Amy Goodman after oil pipeline protest  —  Authorities had issued a warrant for her arrest after Democracy Now! host filmed guards for the Dakota access pipeline using dogs and pepper spray on protesters  —  A North Dakota judge rejected prosecutors' …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Money.net hires former Bloomberg exec Norman Pearlstine to build a news feed based on machine-generated news bulletins as low-cost alternative to data terminals  —  A start-up looking to take on the financial information behemoth Bloomberg L.P. is hiring a former Bloomberg executive to begin a new financial news service.
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Financial Times:
Sources: Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner approached Aryeh Bourkoff, founder of investment bank LionTree, about setting up a Trump TV network post-election  —  Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has informally approached one of the media industry's top dealmakers about the prospect …
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Chris Pomorski / Tablet Magazine:
Profile of Jared Kushner, real-estate scion, owner of The New York Observer, and Donald Trump's son-in-law, adviser, and surrogate
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With 5M MAUs, streaming startup Pluto TV raises $30M at $140M valuation from ProSieben, Scripps Networks, others to expand to Europe, buys Berlin-based Quazer  —  Pluto TV, a video streaming service targeting cord cutters by offering a TV-guide like experience that connects you to hundreds …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Netflix beats expectations, adding 3.2M global subscribers vs. 2M expected and 370K domestic subscribers vs. 304K for the quarter; stock up over 20% after hours  —  Netflix is finally breaking off from its slowing subscriber growth trend as it posted a huge quarter that beat both its own, and Wall Street's, expectations.
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Netflix is abandoning plans to launch in China for now because of challenging regulations, but will still license content to existing online service providers  —  Netflix has decided to drop its plan to launch in China for now, the streaming service announced during its third-quarter earnings report after markets closed Monday.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Fox News anchor Shep Smith discusses the network's post-Ailes future and the charges of sexual harassment brought against his former boss  —  “The long look of history is going to be necessary, and I don't think it will reflect well on this time," Smith says, “or on the voters' ability …
Guardian:
UK Treasury denies any involvement in NatWest Bank decision to shut down RT's bank accounts  —  British government denies role in NatWest closing bank accounts of Moscow's main propaganda tool in English-speaking world  —  Russia has angrily accused Britain of trampling on freedom of speech …
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RT:
RT's UK bank accounts blocked, says EIC Margarita Simonyan; Russian Foreign Minister accuses UK of abandoning commitment to protect freedom of speech
 
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph overhauls its news app, with 60K MAUs, to be faster; to reach a wider audience it's no longer subscription-based and is free to download
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
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