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1:20 AM ET, September 27, 2017


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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Twitter says it's expanding tweet limit to 280 characters from 140 as part of test 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.
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: New York Post and Mediawire
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon says YouTube is no longer available on Echo Show; Google cites implementation violates TOS, Amazon says there is no technical reason for the decision  —  Goodbye, cooking lessons and music videos  —  Amazon and Google are in a not-so-fun fight.  Google has apparently decided …
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.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Late night comedians Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel focus more on politics than hosts did in the past and take sides on issues  —  The job of a late-night comedian was once so straightforward: Give Americans something to laugh about so they can forget about their workday worries.
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  —  TULSA, Oklahoma — It all started with a tailgate.  Well, kind of.  —  “The genesis of the idea came from a brainstorming meeting in Washington …
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  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.  —  Frank Rumpenhorst / AFP / Getty Images
Discussion: @craigsilverman, @pierre and NPR
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.
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
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