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6:00 PM ET, September 26, 2017


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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Twitter says it's testing doubling the 140 character limit on tweets for some users  —  Twitter's 140-character limit died today after a long battle with Facebook.  It is survived by brands, publishers and personalities, who will miss its insistence on wit and getting to the point.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Lauren Williams is named editor-in-chief of Vox and Ezra Klein becomes editor-at-large, as the site announces plans to expand into TV in 2018 and daily podcast  —  Allison Rockey is our new executive editor.  And we've got big plans. … I write with exciting news.
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
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporters should eschew euphemisms like “racially charged” when describing Trump's behavior, language, and label it what it is: racism  —  New England Patriots players kneeling on sidelines with arms linked during National Anthem at Gillette Stadium on September 24.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex adds personalized, ad-supported streaming news service to its media player software, with over 190+ publishing partners including Sky News and FT  —  Media player software maker Plex is today making good on its acquisition of streaming news startup Watchup from earlier this year …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Spokesperson says Facebook can't say yet whether Russians bought election ads in France and Germany but emphasizes company's work removing fake accounts  —  A company official said so far “we have found no significant coordination of ad buys” in Germany, but did not have an update on France.
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.
Jeff Sessions says DoJ will intervene more in campus free speech cases, in an invitation-only speech with what dissenters called a free-speech protest zone  —  Law school faculty and students protested outside as Sessions gave a speech at Georgetown University Law School about campus free speech issues …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
A look at the fake news scandal that rocked the small town of Twin Falls in Idaho, in 2016, and led to the Chobani controversy fuelled by Alex Jones, others  —  At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn't recovered from.
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Amazon Alexa is now available on Amazon Music app for iOS and Android; WSJ reports Alexa has overtaken mobile as top way Amazon Music customers listen to music  —  ‘Alexa, play music for lifting weights’  —  Voice assistant Alexa is now available in the Amazon Music app on both iOS and Android.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vimeo is acquiring live video streaming platform Livestream and launching its own live streaming service, Vimeo Live  —  After abandoning its plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand business earlier this year, IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo announced today that it's acquiring …
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