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8:05 AM ET, November 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Comcast's NBCUniversal will handle ad sales for Apple News in exclusive deal starting in January; Apple says Apple News now has over 70M unique users  —  It's an exclusive deal, but publishers can still sell their own.  —  Apple is bringing in help to boost its News app.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Apple News update increases publishers' traffic; CNN's section received 36.5M uniques in September, up from 5M in August; Bloomberg's spiked 500% in October  —  The traffic picture is improving for publishers on Apple News, but news organizations still have some big hangups when it comes to measurement and monetization.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Behind the scenes at CBS, CNN, Fox, and ABC as networks prepare for public scrutiny amid intense media distrust on election night  —  Fox News's elections guru will play his cello on Tuesday morning, “to clear my head and get ready to do math.”  CNN is staging more than a dozen rehearsals with a 25-person on-air team.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Post-election, as newsrooms face more cuts and an uncertain future financially, journalism's biggest challenge will be combatting the rise of fake news  —  The last year has turned the United States into a country of information addicts who compulsively check the television …
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Digital accounted for 24% of WSJ's segment revenues in Q1, up 4% YoY, with digital subscriptions up 18% to 967K  —  Earnings are out for News Corp. CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports the details.  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. reported fiscal first-quarter results Monday afternoon that were roughly in line with analyst estimates.
Nicholas Schmidle / New Yorker:
Reflecting on a new sense of decency, Glenn Beck says he regrets calling Obama racist and is scared of the alt-right, calls Trump “unhinged”, and more  —  After the pundit watched Michelle Obama's speech about Trump's treatment of women, he rethought some things.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
WaPo reporter Ben Terris recounts witnessing ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbing reporter Michelle Fields and examines campaign's gaslighting  —  How an incident in March predicted months and months of gaslighting  —  “I just want to make sure,” my editor asked me as he closed the door to his office.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Leaked customer-support docs for AT&T's DirecTV Now service reveal details on channels and promos, including giveaways for Apple TV and Fire TV stick devices  —  AT&T is prepared to go all out on behalf of its new DirecTV Now service: The company is looking to give away Apple TV …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Pew: social media has caused 20% of users to change stance on political issues and 17% to change view on specific candidates  —  Politics on social media - as in real life - isn't always pretty.  In an election season marked by partisan animosity, a recent Pew Research Center report found …
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Fox's Chris Wallace, who earned high praise for his debate moderation and whose Sunday show has since scored its highest ratings in 13 years  —  Chris Wallace was worried.  It was October 18, and the next evening, in front of more than 70 million viewers, the veteran newsman …
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Jury awards $3M to former UVA dean Nicole Eramo in Rolling Stone defamation case; journalist to pay $2M, magazine to pay $1M, less than original $7.5M sought  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal jury has awarded $3 million in damages to a former University of Virginia associate dean after finding …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ex-Cablevision CEO James Dolan, COO Kristin Dolan, launch VC firm Dolan Family Ventures, focused on investments in data, analytics, and tech-based businesses  —  Now that they're out of Cablevision Systems, Kristin and James Dolan are trying their hand at venture capital.
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