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3:45 PM ET, September 7, 2017

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Graydon Carter plans to step down as Vanity Fair's editor in December, ending 25-year tenure  —  Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, plans to step down from the magazine in December after a 25-year tenure, leaving the role that established him as a ringmaster of the glittery spheres of Hollywood, Washington and Manhattan media.
Alex Stamos / Facebook:
Facebook says most of ~3K Russia-linked ads during US Presidential campaign referenced divisive social issues, not the election, and that ~25% were geo-targeted  —  There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process.
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Mark Warner and experts raise idea of regulating political ad spending on Facebook similar to broadcast radio and TV  —  Facebook is facing a new push to reveal how its vast power is being used after it disclosed that roughly $100,000 worth of political ads were purchased on its platform …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook needs to acknowledge its power, including through paid-for disinformation, during the US election  —  What a ridiculous notion, Mark Zuckerberg scoffed shortly after the election, that his social-media company — innocent, well-intentioned Facebook — could have helped Donald Trump's win.
Washington Post:
Facebook says it sold ~$100K of ads on politically divisive topics to Russia-linked accounts from 6/15-5/17; sources say FB told Congress ads targeted voters
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on its new service when it launches in late 2019  —  - Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on the new Disney streaming platform when it launches in late 2019, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Pew Research Center:
Pew 2017 study of news use on social media: 55% of US people aged 50+ get news on social sites, up 10% YoY; Twitter users who get news on site up 15% YoY to 74%  —  As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Hulu partner to offer both services in a bundle to US students for $4.99/month, will offer other bundles to more customers in future  —  Hulu and Spotify announced a partnership today that will see the two companies working together to market entertainment bundles offering …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook is undermining its fact checking efforts by withholding data from its media partners, citing user privacy, such as which false stories are most popular  —  A once-touted plan to fact-check stories is being hindered by the company's refusal to share information.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
BBC begins experimenting with interactive radio plays designed for Amazon's Alexa devices and Google Home, letting listeners choose how the story unfolds  —  The BBC is known for producing radio plays, but the format is about to get a high-tech twist: a new experiment by the broadcasting company …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Tab Media, which runs The Tab and and lifestyle website Babe, raises $6M from News Corp. and Balderton Capital to produce more original content, more  —  The American news operations of Tab Media are on a Brooklyn side street in a nondescript brick building that also houses an acupuncture studio and a mortgage lender.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vox Media sells SB Nation's original 10-part “Foul Play” series, exploring untold sporting scandals, to Verizon for its Go90 streaming service  —  Digital-media player Vox Media has sold its first original TV show to Verizon's Go90: SB Nation's “Foul Play,” a 10-episode true-crime docu-series …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Scribd partners with New York Times to offer US students a $1.87/week bundle and will share any revenue  —  Scribd, the San Francisco-based startup that wants to be the Netflix for text, has a new plan to lure more subscribers: Give them The New York Times.  —  This morning, Scribd announced a new two-for-one deal for students.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook will be exclusive live stream partner for new Paladins Premier League, with weekly Paladins Esports Show on Watch and more
Discussion: Forbes
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook videos and “live” streams described as showing Hurricane Irma's effects gain millions of views despite showing storms from 2016
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Charges dropped against West Virginia reporter Dan Heyman, arrested while trying to ask questions of HHS Secretary Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gannett says it's cutting less than 1% of its 20,000+ workforce in a company reorganization
Discussion: USA Today and @saamato
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Federal judge dismisses libel suit against Techdirt from Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email, due to difficulty in defining email; appeal planned
Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile's unlimited data family plans with two or more lines now include free Netflix, following AT&T bundling free HBO with its Unlimited Plus plan
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Sources: conservative pundit Mercedes Schlapp, who served in the Bush administration, is expected to join the White House in a communications role
Discussion: Washington Post