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1:45 AM ET, October 3, 2017

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Sydney Smith / iMediaEthics:
CBS and other news outlets update erroneous Tom Petty obits stemming from what an LAPD spokesperson says was a miscommunication between an officer and CBS Radio  —  Is Tom Petty dead?  This afternoon, news outlets began reporting that the famous rock musician and frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died after a heart attack.
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
4chan thread wrongly identifying a person as Las Vegas shooter was promoted as “top story” in Google search results for his name  —  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 …
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 …
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Washington Post:
Sources: Russians used Facebook's Custom Audiences retargeting tool to ID voters and send specific ads and messages to influence them  —  A sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP)  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites …
Pew Research Center:
Study of 3K stories covering Trump in his first 100 days in 24 outlets: 17% of coverage focused on his political skills, 14% immigration  —  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
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.
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.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Democracy Fund and Knight Foundation funded community journalism engagement project Gather launches; features searchable database, case studies, other resources  —  Gather, which launched Sunday, pretty much wants to do what it's called: gathering journalists to learn, share and be inspired around the work of community engagement.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Nieman Lab
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 …
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
 
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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
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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
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
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