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4:55 PM ET, October 22, 2016

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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: AT&T reaches agreement in principle to buy Time Warner for about $85B  —  AT&T Inc (T.N) has reached an agreement in principle to buy Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) for about $85 billion, sources said on Friday, paving the way for a blockbuster deal that would give the telecom company control …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Why AT&T would want to buy Time Warner: content packaged with data connections, a shrinking DirecTV business, and competition with Verizon, Facebook, and Google  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is busy, so we'll answer for him.  —  More than 16 years ago, AOL bought Time Warner for $160 billion …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Dyn says Friday's DDoS attack on its DNS service came from tens of millions of IPs, and involved the Mirai botnet of IoT devices  —  Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to show more images and stories with graphic content, including violence and nudity, if they're “newsworthy, significant or of public interest”  —  Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies …
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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook staff wanted to block some Trump posts as hate speech, like one on banning Muslim immigrants; Zuckerberg chose to keep them  —  Ruling by CEO Mark Zuckerberg to keep presidential candidate's posts spurred heated internal debates  —  Some of Republican presidential candidate …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Google updated its privacy policy this summer, letting Google combine personal info from Gmail and other tools with DoubleClick browsing data to target ads  —  When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company's …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Internal memo: WSJ offers buyouts to all news employees globally in order to reduce layoffs  —  Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker sent out the following announcement to the staff on Friday:
TechCrunch:
Facebook announces that Instant Articles can now include immersive 360 videos and photos; USA Today and Bild are first to showcase the feature  —  Oct 20, 2016, 2:09 pmOct 20, 2016, 3:51 pm  —  Facebook's Instant Articles — the format that displays publishers' content in a faster-loading …
Discussion: Digiday, Editor & Publisher and Recode
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Since launching desktop notifications last month, WaPo has gotten 200K signups for its Chrome alerts and Mic says 10% of Chrome and Safari users have opted in  —  Thanks to Facebook's ever-shifting algorithm, publishers are scrambling to build direct audience connections through e-mail newsletters …
Discussion: @digiday
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA 2016 online commenting report: 82% of new sites allow commenting, 65% of organizations say their journalists are subject to online trolling  —  One news site after another has given up on commenting altogether in the past year.  (Meanwhile, comments are still coming in on our year-old roundup …
Susan Krashinsky / Globe and Mail:
Canada's Postmedia announces 20% savings target on salary costs through buyouts and layoffs as its print ad sales fall over 20% in fourth quarter  —  In the past year, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has shed the equivalent of 800 full-time jobs.  On Thursday, the company said the job losses will deepen …
Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
News UK terminates the employment of Mazher Mahmood after his arrest, will defend any civil claims in relation to his previous work  —  Just two weeks ago, News UK was refusing to comment on the employment status of investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood.  —  But now the so-called …
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Telegraph:
Former News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for tampering with evidence in collapsed Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
UNC study finds 33%+ of US papers have changed ownership since 2004, local news is beholden to investors, and a trend toward corporate consolidation  —  Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and E. W. Scripps are out.  Digital First Media, GateHouse and Civitas are in.
 
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Joe Freeman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Story of two enslaved teens shows the power of investigative reporting in Myanmar, as some press freedoms advance
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Time Out to pay up to $2.94M for Yplan, the London-based event ticketing startup that had raised $37.5M
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David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
CNN's pro-Trump contributors introduce false information into the network's programs, clouding the outlet's own reporting
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal finalizing deal for a second $200M investment in BuzzFeed, at a valuation of $1.7B
Sonya Sorich / Sacramento Business Journal:
McClatchy Q2 revenue falls to $242.2M, down from $262.4M in same quarter of 2015; ad revenue down 11% year over year, print ad revenue down 16.6%
BuzzFeed:
Analysis of 1K+ posts from 6 partisan Facebook Pages shows that least-accurate are shared widely; 38% of right-wing, 19% of left-wing posts are false/misleading
 

 
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

 
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