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7:50 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Sources: Hearst outbid Meredith Corp. for Rodale, publisher of Women's Health, Men's Health, and Runner's World, with an offer of $250M+  —  Hearst is said to have outbid Meredith Corp.  —  Rodale's New York office.  —  Hearst Magazines is said to be the leading contender to buy Rodale …
Discussion: Mediawire
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.
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
PolitiFact staffers are visiting conservative cities including Tulsa, OK; Mobile, AL; and Charleston, WV, reaching out to people who doubt the site's work
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