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6:55 AM ET, September 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter says it will update public policies to include newsworthiness of tweets after Trump threatens North Korea  —  Twitter didn't act to remove President Donald Trump's tweet threatening North Korea in part because it is newsworthy, the company said today.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation announces $2.5M in funding to support projects at seven organizations, new commission to tackle declining trust in media, with $2M in support  —  A lot more resources are going into addressing the problem of the American public's withering trust in media institutions.
Lorelei Marfil / WWD:
Fashion and street style photographers form an “unofficial union” to protest lack of pay from the commercial use of their pics by brands, influencers, bloggers  —  The #NoFreePhotos initiative kicked off earlier this week.  —  Out and about at Paris Men's Fashion Week
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China has broadly blocked WhatsApp, including basic text messages on the service, following its mid-July crackdown on WhatsApp video chats, multimedia messages  —  SHANGHAI — China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
China says it has imposed maximum fines on Baidu, Tencent, and Weibo for not censoring banned content like porn and violence on their social media platforms  —  - Chinese internet watchdog said on Monday that it has imposed maximum fines on tech giants Baidu, Tencent and Sina Weibo for failing to adequately deal with online content
Washington Post:
Sources: on Nov. 19, 9 days after Zuckerberg downplayed fake news' role in election, Obama appealed to him to take threat of political disinformation seriously  —  Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company's social network played …
Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press:
In what's being described as a first-of-its-kind deal, Eminem's music catalog will go public, with investors and fans able to buy shares in it  —  Want to buy a piece of “Lose Yourself,” “Stan” and “The Real Slim Shady”?  —  In a potentially pioneering venture, shares in Eminem's entire hit catalog …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A profile of Old Town Media, the new company from three ex-Politico executives which wants to build media platforms and help companies with projects  —  The company is a little difficult to describe, but its mission is less so: to help a wide variety of news organizations develop new ideas …
Discussion: @janebsinger
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts new marketing tools, new ad tech that can target using Google Maps and app install data, and offline ad impact measurement tools with Nielsen  —  YouTube today introduced a series of new tools for marketers, one of the more notable being “Director Mix,” a technology that allows …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
During the debut of her new morning show, Megyn Kelly Today, Megyn Kelly told viewers she was “kind of done with politics for now”  —  Megyn Kelly isn't playing politics anymore - at least not on camera.  —  The former Fox News anchor vowed to put aside the hard-edged interviewing …
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