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5:30 AM ET, October 26, 2016


 Top News: 
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
AT&T's new streaming TV service, DirecTV Now, will debut in November with 100+ channels for $35/month, includes unlimited mobile data for TV viewing  —  AT&T just dropped a bombshell by announcing that its streaming TV streaming package, DirecTV Now, will include more than 100 channels for only $35 a month.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings open to AT&T Time Warner merger if net neutrality is upheld  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings signaled that his company wasn't outright opposing the AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner at the Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California Monday night.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
The New York Times will add new product verticals to The Wirecutter, Sweethome, is already hiring more staff, has no plans to put the sites behind a paywall  —  A little less than a year ago, The New York Times began thinking about what it would be like if it did Consumer Reports-style product recommendations, Ben French told POLITICO.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
A.G. Sulzberger on his new role as the NYT's deputy publisher, the conclusion of the 20/20 report, and job cuts coming to the newsroom in 2017  —  Talk about having your work cut out for you.  —  In a few days, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger will start as deputy publisher for The New York Times …
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Sumner Redstone files suit against two former companions, Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland, alleges they abused him, took $150M+, and left him in debt  —  Redstone says Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland manipulated and emotionally abused him to get what they wanted.
Andrew Kaczynski / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump says he has no interest in setting up Trump TV, claims his only interest is in winning the election  —  Donald Trump says he has no interest in setting up “Trump TV” when the election ends.  —  “No, I have no interest in Trump TV,” Trump said on Cincinnati radio station 700WLW on Tuesday.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
47% of Quartz's 18M audience is from outside the US, with 44% of ad revenue billed against non-US inventory last year  —  U.S.-based publishers often have to retrofit their brands for overseas audiences when they expand internationally.  That's not the case with Quartz.
Discussion: @wblau
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist and organizer Aaron Black who disrupted GOP primary campaign events, was involved in Project Veritas DNC sting  —  A liberal activist and organizer coordinated with reporters from the conservative news site Breitbart during the primaries to cover …
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Paul Beatty becomes first US writer to win the Man Booker prize, for his satire about race and economic inequality, The Sellout  —  Paul Beatty's novel “The Sellout,” a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the first time an American writer has won the award.
Judith Matloff / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, an online publication devoted to inequality, lifts aspiring writers out of poverty  —  Stephanie Land had all but given up on becoming a writer in 2015.  She was like many of the subjects who appear in articles about the poor—a single …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Financial Times has 286K followers on Instagram, up from 40K a year ago, is adding thousands more each day  —  The Financial Times has found an unlikely outlet for its charts and graphics: Instagram.  —  A year ago, it had 40,000 followers to its Instagram account.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: launches third standalone vertical, Lifewire, a tech information and advice site; site debuts with 16K pieces of evergreen content by 40 authors
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO CEO Richard Plepler says “Vice News Tonight” has been watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers in its first two weeks and is performing well on digital
Discussion: Forbes
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Woman at center of Rolling Stone story, “Jackie”, says she can't recall details about assault due to PTSD, didn't know her account was to be main focus of story
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Facebook launches online courses for journalists on Facebook Live, 360-degree video, getting verified, privacy options, and more
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The Financial Times removed words from stories to convince readers to whitelist its site.  47% agreed
Discussion: Press Gazette