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3:20 PM ET, October 28, 2016

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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 …
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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
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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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Male-focused UK media companies Unilad and the Lad Bible, two of the biggest players in online video, are planning US expansions for 2017
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Amazon reports Q3 2016 revenue of $32.71B, meeting expectations, but $0.52 EPS is below $0.78 expected; stock drops 5% after hours
James Vincent / The Verge:
Apple announces TV app for Apple TV and iOS, coming in December, that will act as a hub for accessing shows, movies, live events from across different services
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