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6:10 AM ET, September 7, 2017


 Top News: 
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  —  Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that it has discovered it sold ads during the U.S. presidential election …
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.
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  —  A page purports to show “live” footage of the effects of Irma  —  New York (CNN)Videos and live streams described as showing the effects …
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  —  Judge: Techdirt articles were opinionated and hyperbolic, but not libel.  —  A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Quartz publishes its first sponsored print book, launches management and lifestyle brands, and adds second daily newsletter as it increases push for advertising  —  Quartz, the Atlantic Media-owned business news site, is increasing its push for advertising, at a time when other publishers …
Discussion: Quartz and Nieman Lab
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Roma Khanna, formerly of MGM Television and NBCUniversal, is named CEO of Sean Combs' Revolt TV, which is backed by Comcast  —  Former MGM Studios TV Group & Digital president Roma Khanna has been named CEO of Revolt Media and TV.  At the music-themed digital cable network …
David Meyer / Fortune:
Facebook says ad reach estimates from Adverts Manager are based on how many could see the ad, not an area's population, explaining discrepancy with census data  —  Facebook's advertising metrics have again been called into question, after Pivotal Research Group senior analyst Brian Wieser pointed …
Sources: Apple secures deal for songs from Warner Music Group, plans to pay labels smaller percentage than it did under first streaming deal  —  IPhone maker plans to pay record labels smaller percentage  —  Paid streaming service has revived music industry; sales up
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  —  Conservative pundit Mercedes Schlapp, wife of American Conservative Union chairman Matthew Schlapp, is expected to join the White House …
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Amazon and Apple are competing with Warner Bros. and others for rights to the James Bond franchise and are willing to pay as much as the studio  —  The franchise, and its future, are up for grabs as Agent 007 is being viewed as one of the last untapped brands that could be a game changer.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gannett says it's cutting less than 1% of its 20,000+ workforce in a company reorganization  —  Gannett is cutting less than 1 percent of its total workforce in a company-wide reorganization, a Gannett spokesperson told Poynter Wednesday.  —  The cuts were announced to employees by CEO Bob Dickey in a video to employees Wednesday.
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
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