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4:40 AM ET, September 24, 2017


 Top News: 
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook's efforts to overhaul political ads on its platform are crucial first steps, but vulnerabilities remain  —  FACEBOOK HAS AGREED to give Congressional investigators roughly 3,000 political ads it found linked to Russian accounts that ran during the 2016 election.
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook says it will hand over information on Russia-linked ads bought during 2016 election campaign to Congressional investigators
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Two Democratic senators seek co-sponsors for bill requiring digital platforms with 1M+ users to keep public files of all political $10K+ ad buys
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How USA Today Network, with newsrooms across the US-Mexico border, reported its “The Wall” feature: a helicopter with LIDAR camera, teams of journalists, more  —  Last October, the editor of the Arizona Republic/azcentral stood in the press pit at a presidential rally for the Republican candidate.
Discussion: Business Insider
Ellen Pollock / The New York Times Company:
New York Times names Jim Windolf as media editor beginning September 26  —  Jim Windolf, who has led Men's Style since it was founded in 2015, will join Business Day on Sept. 26.  Read more in this note from Ellen Pollock:  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Jim Windolf will be our new media editor.
Discussion: @choire
Michelle Dean / Wired:
Profile of Snopes and how co-founder David Mikkelson's divorce led to the lawsuit about the ownership of the site and recent “Save Snopes” crowdfunding campaign  —  IT WAS EARLY March, not yet two months into the Trump administration, and the new Not-Normal was setting in …
Discussion: Longreads
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
BuzzFeed launches AM to DM show on Twitter on Monday, echoing traditional morning TV shows, with 60 episodes planned through the end of the year  —  Megyn Kelly isn't the only one moving to mornings next week.  BuzzFeed debuts its Twitter morning show on Monday—and it will all look a whole lot like TV, including the ads.
Ann-Derrick Gaillot / The Outline:
Profile of John Ruskin, also known as Nardwuar, a Canadian music journalist who has spent 30 years in radio and is now reaching a larger audience on YouTube  —  The Canadian man who has spent 30 years keeping interviews interesting.  —  Ann-Derrick Gaillot  —  Pharrell looks like he's about to scream.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen partners with ad tech company Clypd to offer ad buyers audience segments that are more nuanced than just age and gender  —  Nielsen, which for years has backed a system under which advertisers paid for TV commercials based on the number of people of a particular age or gender who saw them …
Discussion: Variety, Nielsen and FierceCable
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Your News Wire, an LA-based outlet run by a couple that champions populist stories and has been a target of Snopes  —  Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway — a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA survey of 235 media executives and managers in 68 countries finds nearly 2/3 say revenues declined in past year, top area for investment is video  —  Worry is universal — but a quarter of publishers surveyed said their revenues are going up, not down.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sleeping Giants database lists 2,900 advertisers that have blocked Breitbart since November; Breitbart EIC Alex Marlow calls the work “corporate censorship”  —  Hardly anyone paid attention last November when a strangely named Twitter account, Sleeping Giants, sent its first tweet into the digisphere.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
New York Times insiders question whether copy desk cutbacks and digital first strategies led to a mistake laden book review  —  A deeply inaccurate book review has set off much consternation, and soul-searching, at 620 Eighth Avenue.  —  Last weekend, The New York Times's normally stately …
Time Inc is looking to sell assets including Time Inc UK; warns about more-than-anticipated softness in Q3 print and ad revenues, says it received SEC subpoena  —  (Reuters) - Time Inc (TIME.N) said on Friday it was looking to sell several assets, including Time Inc UK …
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Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
W3C's approval of DRM for video gives the impression that the standards consortium has been captured by corporations, a view the group's CEO rejects
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Misinformation hasn't gained much traction during Germany's election season so far, with false stories shared far less than during US election
Discussion: Nieman Lab
 Earlier Picks: 
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Google and its partners will issue refunds for ads bought through its systems that ran on websites with fake traffic
Discussion: Ad Age
David Agren / The Guardian:
A story about a 12-year-old girl called Frida Sofia, trapped in rubble at a school in Mexico, captivated the nation but turned out to be untrue
Nieman Lab:
Media in the Middle East study: Arab nationals twice as likely as Americans to trust mass media; two-thirds get news from social media every day
Discussion: MediaShift
Patricia Mazzei / Miami Herald:
How a local Puerto Rican radio station, Univision's WKAQ-AM, kept broadcasting amid Hurricane Maria, even as the roof of their studio was torn off