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3:20 PM ET, October 28, 2016


 Top News: 
John Gapper / Financial Times:
NYT editor Dean Baquet says that US cable networks have blurred the line between entertainment and news this election season by pandering to partisan viewers  —  US cable news networks have played a “ridiculous” role in the presidential campaign by blurring the line between entertainment …
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Profile of Marco Chacon, founder of fake conservative news site RealTrueNews, an initially modest prank whose stories have managed to fool even Fox News  —  Marco Chacon had only spent about $20 on his conservative news website, RealTrueNews, when he heard his words in prime time on Fox News' The Kelly File.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
As print ad revenue decline accelerates, biggest newspaper companies in US brace for cost cuts, layoffs  —  The gloom began earlier this month, when Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, sent a memo to employees that said, in part, “every story should be as short as it needs to be.”
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Plan to shut down Vine suggests Twitter finally recognizes itself as a news service, focusing on live, current events  —  Welcome to the relevant, indispensable (but maybe kind of joyless) new Twitter.  —  On Thursday morning, Twitter announced it is closing down Vine …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vine stars mourn the closing of the app that helped launch their careers, though they've shifted focus to other platforms like YouTube and Instagram
Twitter says it is discontinuing the Vine mobile app “in the coming months”
Julia M. Klein / Columbia Journalism Review:
Review of Amazon's Good Girls Revolt, new series loosely based on the 46 women staffers at Newsweek who sued for gender discrimination in landmark case in 1970  —  Anna Camp, left, Erin Darke and Genevieve Angelson appear in a scene from Amazon Studios' “Good Girls Revolt.”  (Amazon Studios)
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A look at New York magazine's The Strategist, a new shopping recommendations site financed via affiliate sales, and one of the first initiatives of new CEO  —  “Service journalism” got renewed attention this week with the news that The New York Times shelled out $30 million for The Wirecutter and The Sweethome.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Vice launching gaming vertical Waypoint on October 31, edited by Austin Walker, promoted with a 72-hour gaming live-stream on Twitch that starts today 12PM ET  —  Vice Media is expanding its digital offerings with the launch of Waypoint, a vertical dedicated to gaming.  —  Waypoint will launch Monday, October 31.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Larry Page or another civic-minded billionaire should buy Twitter, which serves as the highest-circulation short-form “newspaper” on earth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Twitter is a communications marvel, with 317 million active users who instantaneously convey a collective reaction to news.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Lacey Donohue, deputy executive editor of Gizmodo Media Group, is leaving next month to take an editorial role at Hulu  —  ‘TRUMP TV’ WAS KUSHNER'S THREAT TO ROGER AILES — That's a juicy tidbit from Bloomberg Businessweek's latest cover story, “Inside the Trump Bunker,” out this morning …
Lauren Hirsch / Reuters:
Sources: Hollywood executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan are in advanced talks to buy Playboy through Double Eagle Acquisition Corp, launched last year  —  Hollywood executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan are in advanced talks to acquire magazine publishing company Playboy Enterprises Inc …
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Dave McKenna / Deadspin:
Profile of Jennifer Frey, a fast-rising sports journalism star in the '90s who died at age 47 because of alcoholism  —  Jennifer Frey drank herself to death.  —  Frey's obituary in the Washington Post, her last full-time employer, merely gave “multiple organ failure” as the cause of her March 26 death.
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James Vincent / The Verge:
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