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12:10 PM ET, September 26, 2017


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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.
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.
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
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
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.
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Facebook signs multiyear deal with NFL to distribute game highlights, other content; NFL Films will produce content packages for Facebook Watch  —  Facebook has inked a multiyear deal with the National Football League to deliver game highlights across the globe.
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 …
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.
Carrie Wittmer / Business Insider:
After death of location scout, Narcos star Pedro Pascal says the Netflix show can't continue until the cast and crew are safe  —  On September 11, Carlos Munoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his car with multiple gunshot wounds on a dirt road within a community just outside Mexico City.
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  —  NO FREE PHOTOS: A bevy of photographers who cover fashion industry events as well as street style have formed an …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Three contributors to Ain't It Cool News, the film, television, and comic book news site, step down over sexual assault allegations against its founder  —  Eric Vespe, known as “Quint” on Ain't It Cool News, announced Monday that he is stepping down from the site amid a sexual assault controversy.
Discussion: The A.V. Club, IndieWire and The Wrap
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 …
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.
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