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1:20 PM 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.
Tony Romm / Recode:
In tweets, President Trump accuses Facebook of always being “anti-Trump” and questions whether it colluded with newspapers and TV networks  —  The attack comes as Trump takes aim again at reporters  —  President Donald Trump charged on Wednesday that Facebook was “always” …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK left-wing news site The Canary wrongly claimed that BBC political reporter Laura Kuenssberg was speaking at Conservative party conference  —  UPDATE (5.25pm 27/09/17): The Canary has updated its article to include a claim that the BBC did not respond to a request for comment before the article was published.
Discussion: New Statesman and The Canary
Peter Walker / The Guardian:
The BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, has been given a bodyguard while covering the Labour party conference after receiving abuse online  —  Laura Kuenssberg will reportedly be accompanied by security team after being jeered for her treatment of Corbyn
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 …
Jemele Hill / The Undefeated:
ESPN anchor Jemele Hill discusses her tweets about Trump, the pressure she's come under since, ESPN facing backlash, meeting with John Skipper, and more  —  A lesson from her grandmother: Be better.  No matter what.  —  I don't remember exactly how old I was, but let's just say I was 11.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Internal memo from publisher Fred Ryan says Washington Post crossed 1 million digital subscribers earlier this year  —  The Washington Post is marking a milestone in its transition from being a local print newspaper to a national news website.  —  “Earlier this year, we crossed the 1 million mark …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Three public radio execs, including NPR's Creative Director Liz Danzico, are studying how driverless cars will change public media  —  “The connection between cars and public media is so strong.  What happens when that connection is shaken a little bit?"  —  Picture this: Your car is driving you to work.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast begins rollout of its Xfinity Instant Skinny Bundle in beta for broadband-only users, starting at $18/month with optional $30 sports and news add-on  —  Todd's Most Recent Stories  —  Comcast is hoping to bring “cord nevers” into the pay-TV fold with Xfinity Instant TV …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Financial Times warns advertisers after uncovering fraudulent ad inventory masquerading as, to the value of $15.6M a year  —  The Financial Times has investigated the scale of domain spoofing occurring against its site, and has been shocked by the results.
Discussion: @petersontee and Business Insider
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Rolling Stone doc: 2017 revenue projected at $46.3M; pitch to potential buyers suggests conversion to monthly, cutting editorial budget by 30%, pivot to video  —  Jann Wenner and his millennial son capitulate to magazine reality.  —  Last week, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner put …
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The European Journalism Centre grants seven publishers £700K to foster new approaches to covering global development
Discussion: Project News
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
On Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly appeared on Sean Hannity's show to promote his new book, marking his return to the network since his ouster in April
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Chinese censors pull much anticipated film with no explanation at the last minute, local media coverage scrubbed from internet, outraging the industry
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
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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
In an invitation-only speech, Jeff Sessions says DoJ will intervene more in campus free speech cases; students and faculty protested nearby, claiming hypocrisy
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
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable