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10:05 AM ET, September 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Leslie Shaffer / CNBC:
Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91  —  Playboy magazine was founded more than 60 years ago to create a niche upscale men's magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles and interviews.
Mark Zuckerberg:
Trump and some liberals say Facebook helped their opponents, but Facebook's role was different: enabling discussions, voter registration, and candidate outreach  —  I want to respond to President Trump's tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
The Hill:
Senate committee investigating potential Russian election interference invites Facebook execs to testify on Nov. 1; source says Google and Twitter also invited  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a request for Facebook to testify in an open hearing to examine how foreign actors …
New York Times:
Twitter comes under Congressional scrutiny as Russia-linked accounts found to spread misinformation or anti-Clinton stories and stoke furor over NFL protests  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After a weekend when Americans took to social media to debate President Trump's admonishment of N.F.L. players …
David Ford / Fusion Media Group:
Gizmodo Media Group launches standalone site Earther, focused on environmental issues, led by Managing Editor Maddie Stone and Ari Phillips  —  Gizmodo Media Group, a division of FMG, today announced the launch of Earther (, a new website dedicated to reporting on topics and issues that impact the future of our planet.
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
South Carolina circuit court judge rules political blogger Will Folks will not face jail time for refusing to identify sources in libel case  —  South Carolina Circuit Court Judge William Keesley ruled this week that political blogger Will Folks will not go to jail for defying a court order …
Discussion: Post and Courier and @scmitchp
Max Willens / Digiday:
Time Inc's People rolls out $5.99/month or $59.99/year People Perks rewards program for retail deals at 1,000+ locations and event tickets  —  Time Inc.'s People is getting into the rewards business.  —  On Sept. 27, the celebrity magazine will unveil People Perks, a digital rewards program …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Online content creation platform Playbuzz announces $35M Series C led by Viola Growth with participation from existing investors including Walt Disney  —  The company has raised $66 million to date  —  Online content creation platform Playbuzz has raised an additional $35 million …
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
A look at publications like MEL, Van Winkle's, and Here, with specific brand sponsors and varying levels of editorial independence and long-term potential  —  Editorial enterprises like MEL, Real Life, and Van Winkle's could be the future of publishing—or they could be the next phase of Silicon Valley's media takeover
Ross Benes / Digiday:
Co-founder Roy Schwartz says Axios is putting off its premium subscriptions, estimated by CEO Jim VandeHei to cost $10,000 a year, as it builds its brand  —  Politics and business publisher Axios is putting the brakes on its high-end subscription product for the time being.
Discussion: @digiday and @vouchey
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Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Roku sets IPO price at $14/share, valuing firm at $1.3B, begins trading Thursday on NASDAQ
Sources: private trades in Spotify ahead of public offering value company at ~$16B, or about 4X its 2016 sales
Greg Evans / Deadline:
HBO documentary about legendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee will debut December 4
Discussion: Washington Post
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Paul Horner, who published some of the most popular fake news stories of the 2016 election cycle, has died aged 38 in a suspected accidental overdose
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Twitter says it's expanding tweet limit to 280 characters from 140 as part of test for some users