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4:15 AM ET, October 20, 2016


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Facebook Live broadcast during the final debate attracted 200K concurrent viewers, with pundits and pro-Trump ads  —  “If you're tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary's super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast."
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google reaches deal with CBS to carry network on Unplugged web TV service on YouTube, to debut early 2017; talks ongoing with 21st Century Fox, Disney  —  New service, to be housed on YouTube platform, is likely to debut in early 2017  —  Google Inc. has reached an agreement …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
NPR announces expansion of internal incubator Story Lab, adding resources and planning an online system for internal and external idea pitches  —  Where do new radio shows and podcasts come from?  For an organization as big as NPR, that's a complicated question.
USA Today:
Internal memo: WSJ owner Dow Jones plans restructuring after ad slump, including “rationalizing” print, making paper “more concise and digestible” soon  —  The company that owns the Wall Street Journal is reportedly preparing a restructuring plan following a revenue slump and a tussle with a newsroom union.
Ken Fang / Awful Announcing:
Sports Illustrated launches The Crossover, a site focused on the NBA, with lead editor Matt Dollinger  —  The latest  — Music DJ/producer claims FS1's The Herd stole his song for a promo  — Lack of Big 12 expansion shows who really holds the power in college football
Discussion:,, and FishbowlNY
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
David Bunnell, founder of PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, and a social activist, died Tuesday in Berkeley, CA, at age 69  —  The founder of PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld was an entrepreneur who thought like a social activist.  —  In 1973, a former schoolteacher named David Bunnell got …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Horror movie maker Jason Blum to produce TV mini-series about Roger Ailes based on Gabe Sherman's unflattering book The Loudest Voice in the Room  —  LOS ANGELES — The former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is coming back to television, but perhaps not in a way he will like.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
A.G. Sulzberger, son of NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., appointed deputy publisher of The New York Times after recommendation of seven-member committee  —  The New York Times brought a new generation of the Sulzberger family into its top ranks on Wednesday, naming Arthur Gregg Sulzberger the deputy publisher.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
New Orleans-based local news site, The Lens, which launched a speakers bureau in 2014, says it earned $10K in speaker fees during 2015  —  If you're good at something, the saying goes, never do it for free.  —  It's advice that The Lens has taken to heart.
Fears grow that the AP and other news orgs could face a cyber attack on or near election day, with debate moderators being briefed on cyber security by the FBI  —  A hack on the AP and its results tally could have chaos-inducing consequences.  —  Despite spending hundreds of millions …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Fast Company
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New York Times:
How the Cubs-Dodgers National League playoff ignited a feud between between the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, which are owned by the same company
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Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed UK profit was $677K in 2015, up from $172K in 2014; company assets, including cash on hand, quadruple to $9.8M over last year, revenue remains unclear
Pulitzer Prizes open all journalism categories to magazines, due to expansion of digital journalism and overlap in work of newspapers, magazines, websites
Discussion: LA Observed
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
From Billy Bush to People Magazine, the media knew Donald Trump was a sexual abuser - but enabled him with sycophantic coverage anyways
Discussion: AOL
 Earlier Picks: 
David Bond / Financial Times:
After cutting its print edition, The Independent becomes profitable for first time in 23 years, with digital ad rev up 45% YoY, 2016 revenue of £20M expected
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Energy returns to Fox News after Ailes scandal as Chris Wallace prepares to moderate presidential debate
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Journalists face rise in anti-Semitic tweets, fueled by Trump supporters, Anti-Defamation League says
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Snapchat to stop sharing ad revenue with media partners within weeks, will change to up-front flat licensing fee as it prepares for 2017 IPO