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8:20 AM ET, October 24, 2016

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AT&T:
AT&T announces a half-stock, half-cash deal to acquire Time Warner, valuing the company at $85.4B  —  - New company with complementary strengths to lead the next wave of innovation in converging media and communications industry.  —Combination unlike any other …
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Resistance from Time Warner execs like Jeff Bewkes, head of HBO at the time, doomed the AOL merger, which raises questions about the prospects of the AT&T deal  —  The 2000 merger with AOL made Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes nauseated, so what's different now?  —  In the end, I guess you could finally say Steve Case was right.
New York Times:
AT&T-Time Warner deal will likely face tougher regulatory scrutiny and higher political hurdles than earlier Comcast-NBCUniversal deal  —  A cable and internet provider decides to buy an entertainment conglomerate.  —  The merger is met with skepticism by industry analysts and outrage …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump loses, news organizations should break their ratings-driven habit of giving him heavy coverage  —  In the final pages of Richard Ben Cramer's seminal book about presidential politics, “What It Takes,” Michael Dukakis looks around in wonderment at the scene outside his Massachusetts home less …
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling gets daily talk show on Breitbart.com, starting Monday, broadcasting weekdays from 9am-11am ET  —  The pitching hero of the 2004 Red Sox World Series championship season told Breitbart News: Sunday Edition he launches his daily Breitbart.com talk show Monday.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump wins endorsement from Las Vegas Review-Journal, bought by Republican megadonor and casino owner Sheldon Adelson in late 2015  —  Donald Trump has received a scant few newspaper endorsements in the 2016 race, but he's finally received one from a major city newspaper: The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Tara West / The Inquisitr News:
Gavin MacFadyen, founder and director of London's Centre for Investigative Journalism and a supporter of WikiLeaks, has died  —  WikiLeaks Director and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism Gavin MacFadyen has died.  WikiLeaks confirmed on their official Twitter account …
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Bezos talks at conference about paywalls, micro-payments, The Washington Post's editorial independence, Trump and the media, and Peter Thiel  —  Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief and owner of the Washington Post, isn't sure that services like paywalls and tiered subscriptions can work for publishers.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Interview with Tim Wu about his new book The Attention Merchants, the origins of modern advertising, and the effects of ads on journalism  —  Harvesting was perhaps the original U.S. industrial activity.  Economic growth relied on the reliable conversion of plants and animals into salable products, like cotton and beef.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Information planning to add student subscriptions for $200/year and invite-only professional investor subscriptions for $10K/year  —  Technology site The Information plans to launch two new products — one for students and one for professional investors — in the next year.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Fusion employees say executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization  —  Executives held meetings in four offices discouraging unionization, employees say  —  Earlier this month, a majority of editorial staffers at Fusion signed union cards to join the growing list …
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Rem Rieder / USA Today:
A look at The Incline, Jim Brady's new local digital news operation in Pittsburgh and cross-state cousin to Philadelphia's Billy Penn  —  The last time I talked to Jim Brady, he was very proud of the way he was adapting to Philadelphia, where he launched the local digital news operation Billy Penn two years ago.
 
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