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11:10 AM ET, October 2, 2017


 Top News: 
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
S.I. Newhouse Jr., Publishing Icon Who Ran Condé Nast, Dies at 89  —  S.I. Newhouse Jr., who as the owner of The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and other magazines wielded vast influence over American culture, fashion and social taste, died on Sunday at his home, a family spokesman said.
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter recalls his memories of working with S.I. Newhouse, Jr.: how he ran Condé Nast, his impact on Carter's career, and more  —  S.I. Newhouse, Jr., the Chairman Emeritus of Condé Nast, died today in New York, the city he was born in and the one that gave foundation to the empire he built.
Discussion: New York Times and Financial Times
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google ends controversial “first click free” policy, won't demote paywalled news sites in search results, and will offer new tools to help sell subscriptions  —  Search engine drops controversial ‘first-click free’ program  —  Company won't demote paywalled news sites in search results
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Projects supporting local journalism are increasing, showing that funders, foundations, and news consumers are taking the crisis in local news seriously  —  The situation is sickeningly familiar to anyone who works on — or reads — a metropolitan daily newspaper, whether it's in New Orleans …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Center for Cooperative Media catalogs 44 ongoing collaborations across 500+ newsrooms, mostly in the US but also in Europe
Discussion: Poynter and @taylorwanderson
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: publishers say they're earning little revenue from Facebook's mid-roll ads beta, with one video with 1M views generating around just $500  —  Six months in, Facebook's test of mid-roll ad breaks within live and on-demand videos is driving scant revenue for publishers.
Discussion: @bmccandless and @kerrymflynn
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI does not have to reveal the name of a vendor that unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules in FOIA lawsuit filed by Vice, USA Today, and AP  —  A federal judge has ruled that the FBI does not have to make public how much it paid last year to unlock an iPhone used …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times is experimenting with customizing reader experience through geotargeting, past reader behavior  —  “Instead of thinking about having stories compete for limited space on the homepage, we're trying to shift the conversation to a different understanding of our distribution."
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In the first few days of her new role at NBC as Today's host, Megyn Kelly struggled to move away from her past gig at Fox News, and alienated celeb guests  —  In one of Megyn Kelly's first episodes as the newest, brightest star on NBC's Today show, a crewman audibly swore as he accidentally wandered …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix to invest a minimum of CAD $500M over five years to produce original programs in Canada; at least CAD $25M will be for French-language content  —  Todd's Most Recent Stories  — Amazon's ‘Thursday Night Football’ Debut Tackles 372,000 Average Viewers, Topping Twitter's 2016 Numbers
Laura Slattery / The Irish Times:
Storyful founder Mark Little is working on a new journalism startup, Neva Labs, with ex-Storyful and Facebook exec Aine Kerr  —  Dublin company with global ambition wants to burst artificial intelligence ‘filter bubble’  —  Storyful founder and former RTÉ journalist Mark Little …
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Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's “both sides” argument is a flimsy defense of Facebook's failure to limit the spread of systematic misinformation during 2016 election
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at Apple's video content strategy: slow and deliberate approach led by experienced ex-TV execs who pass on most scripts and bid on high profile shows
Jacqueline Williams / New York Times:
Australian Parliament expected to pass legislation eliminating separation of print and broadcast companies; critics cite consolidation and political favors
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Bill Shea / Crain's Detroit Business:
Founders of The Athletic, a network of ad-free paywalled sports sites with $48/year subscriptions, say they need 10,000-12,000 subs per city to be profitable
Tim Wu / Knight First Amendment Institute:
The First Amendment fails to protect speech from new tactics like information flooding and online harassment, especially when government aligns with trolls