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9:40 AM ET, November 1, 2016


 Top News: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donna Brazile resigns from CNN, after leaked emails show she shared questions with Clinton campaign before a debate and town hall during Democratic primary  —  CNN says it is “completely uncomfortable” with hacked emails showing that former contributor and interim Democratic National Committee …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Fox has offered Megyn Kelly more than $20M to stay on at the network, but the highly anticipated bidding war for her services has not materialized  —  Fox News has offered its biggest star north of $20 million a year to stay.  But the hotly anticipated, and widely expected, auction for her talents has not materialized.
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
In National Press Club D.C. talk, Peter Thiel accuses A.J. Daulerio of behaving like an “aspiring child pornographer”, says Gawker was a “sociopathic bully”  —  Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Monday morning, Peter Thiel defended his decision …
Karen Seidman / Montreal Gazette:
Montreal police used dozens of surveillance warrants to identify La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé's sources via tracking his iPhone  —  Montreal police strongly defended a highly controversial decision to spy on a La Presse columnist by tracking his cellphone calls and texts …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery Communications and MLB's BAMTech form streaming video technology provider, BAMTech Europe, to cater to the continent's broadcasters and OTT providers  —  Discovery Communications has linked arms with Major League Baseball's BAMTech in a pact under which they are forming BAMTech Europe …
The Boston Globe:
Three non-profits team up with The Boston Globe to fund a 10-month classical music critic post at the newspaper, appoint Zoë Madonna to the role  —  Amid all the gnashing of teeth over the future of news media, a bright note: The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism …
Emily Nussbaum / New Yorker:
New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, who donated $250 to Clinton's campaign, reflects on Fox News' allure during the current election season  —  This year, there was no better view of the meteor hitting the Republican Party in real time.  —  Full disclosure: late one night, while watching Fox News …
New York Times:
Slate and The New Yorker remove Outbrain and Taboola from their websites as publishers rethink the way content ads affect their brands  —  You see them everywhere, and maybe, sometimes, you click: those rows of links under web articles, often augmented with eye-catching photos …
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
NC Senator Richard Burr refuses to send Raleigh News & Observer his public events schedule in retaliation for the paper's coverage of his campaign  —  North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican running for reelection, is refusing to provide The Raleigh News & Observer with details …
Catherine Cadell / Reuters:
Alibaba creates new digital media company, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, to consolidate media assets, announces $1.48B fund for new projects  —  In a major reorganization of the company's entertainment assets, Alibaba Holdings Group Ltd. (BABA.N) has announced the formation …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Many publishers say an AMP pageview generates half the revenue as a pageview on their full mobile website due to reliance on standardized banner ad units  —  Some publishers aren't generating as much ad revenue as they had hoped  —  Google is stepping up its efforts to serve speedy content …
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