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7:10 PM ET, October 2, 2017

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Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
Google had at top of search results a 4chan thread and related links wrongly identifying man as Las Vegas shooter, as some alt-right factions spread the misinfo  —  Geary Danley was not the gunman in Las Vegas who killed at least 50 people late Sunday.  But for hours on the far-right Internet …
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Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Facebook's Safety Check page for Las Vegas shooting promoted sites giving misinformation like Alt-Right News and End Times Headlines; Google highlighted 4Chan  —  In the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas last night that left more than 50 dead and hundreds injured …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to hire 1000 more ad reviewers and make all the ads each organization buys visible to users, not just the targeted ones, to fight election interference  —  Facebook today handed over to congressional investigators 3,000 ads that were bought by a Russian company to influence U.S. politics.
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Elliot Schrage / Facebook:
About 10M people saw Russian ads on Facebook, 44% of ads were seen before Nov. 8, 50% of ads were for $3 or less; for 99% of the ads, less than $1,000 was spent  —  What was in the ads you shared with Congress?  How many people saw them?  —  Most of the ads appear to focus on divisive social …
Pew Research Center:
Study of 3K stories in 24 outlets: 17% of coverage focused on Trump's political skill, 14% immigration; orgs with right-leaning audiences cited fewer sources  —  During the early days of the administration, similar storylines covered across outlets, but types of sources heard from and the assessments of Trump's actions differed
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
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Some publishers say Facebook mid-roll video ads lead to little income; one described making just $500 on 20M views, including non-monetized views  —  Six months in, Facebook's test of mid-roll ad breaks within live and on-demand videos is driving scant revenue for publishers.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft discontinues Groove Music Pass service, effective December 31, partners with Spotify, which it will recommend to Windows users instead  —  Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Groove Music two years ago, in a bid to make its music streaming service more relevant to consumers.
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
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Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
S.I. Newhouse Jr., Publishing Icon Who Ran Condé Nast, Dies at 89
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After Waymo asks court to seal courtroom for large portions of Uber trial, multiple media orgs, including Gizmodo, NYT, and WSJ, file brief to keep it open  —  Since Waymo sued Uber in February, alleging a massive theft of trade secrets related to its self-driving car technology …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
US Senate confirms Ajit Pai for another term at FCC in 52-41 vote  —  Democrats objected to Pai's re-nomination, but Republicans had his back.  —  The US Senate today gave Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai another term on the FCC.  —  Pai would have had to leave the FCC …
 
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Nadia Khomami / The Guardian:
A new organization called The Media Fund, dedicated to fundraising and advocating for independent media free from rightwing bias, has launched in the UK
Discussion: @aaronbastani
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
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times is experimenting with customizing reader experience through geotargeting, past reader behavior
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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
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