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3:25 AM ET, September 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook gave special counsel Mueller data on Russian ad buys including copies of ads, targeting and account info, withheld same details from Congress  —  Social-media company shared copies of ads and account information, people familiar with the matter said
Brian Patrick Byrne / The Daily Beast:
Twitter also allows advertisers to target users based on racist and derogatory terms like the n-word and “Nazi”  —  Twitter's advertising platform tells prospective marketers it has 26.3 million users interested in the derogatory term “wetback,” 18.6 million accounts that are likely …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Google allowed advertisers to target racist and bigoted keywords, suggested more similar keywords, and allowed campaigns using those keywords to run  —  Google prompted BuzzFeed News to run ads targeted to keywords like “black people ruin neighborhoods,” then allowed the campaign to go live.
Jim Brady / ESPN:
Jemele Hill's tweets broke ESPN guidelines, but all of ESPN's personalities are in a tough spot, urged to be active and engaging but not partisan or opinionated  —  As public editor, I've referenced ESPN's internal and external battles over politics and cultural coverage many times in the past 10 months.
Mounir Lamouri / Chromium Blog:
Chrome 64, coming January 2018, will allow autoplay video only when media has no sound or the user shows interest in content  —  Users watch and listen to a lot of media, and autoplay can make it faster and easier to consume on the web.  However, one of the most frequent user concerns …
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Interview with Joy Reid, host of MSNBC's AM Joy, on moving from reporting to commentary, growth of her audience amid election, her family and education, more  —  Joy Reid has not figured out how to bend the rules of space and time, though regular viewers of MSNBC can be forgiven for thinking she somehow has done just that.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
CNN set to launch “Pacific”, a technology-focused vertical about changing media on the West Coast, led by Dylan Byers, with a newsletter, podcast, and events  —  CNN is set to launch a new technology-focused vertical about the changing media landscape on the West Coast.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC asks Sinclair to explain how it will comply with existing ownership limits if it buys Tribune Media, also seeks details on how Sinclair will invest in news  —  Also wants specifics on complying with current rules  —  The FCC's Media Bureau has asked Sinclair to back up a bunch …
Financial Times:
24-year-old Financial Times reporter Paul McClean has died while on holiday in Sri Lanka; officials say he was attacked by a crocodile  —  Paul McClean, an accomplished young reporter who joined the Financial Times two years ago as a graduate trainee, has died during a beach holiday in Sri Lanka.
Discussion: AOL, The Guardian and Press Gazette
Turkey releases French journalist Loup Bureau, held since early August after covering Kurdish militia fighters  —  French President Emmanuel Macron last month expressed his concerns about Loup Bureau's detention in a telephone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Online radio service Slacker Radio acquired for $50M by LiveXLive, a streaming service focused on live music
David Lieberman / Deadline:
SEC filing: Scripps Network CEO Ken Lowe could receive $91.6M “golden parachute” from the company's sale to Discovery Communications
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Meghan McCain, Fox News contributor and co-host of its afternoon program Outnumbered, is leaving the network
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Wrap and Mediaite
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
With two weeks to go before Germany's election, two fact checkers say false news has so far failed to gain attention, as trust in media rises
Discussion: @dpfunke