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11:30 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?  Monday afternoon, news outlets began reporting that the famous rock musician and frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died after a heart attack.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How the big tech platforms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, who've pledged to provide accurate information during major crises, are failing miserably  —  In aftermath of Sunday evening's mass shooting in Las Vegas, visitors to Facebook's Crisis Response page for the tragedy …
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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 …
Mary Hui / Washington Post:
CBS fires vice-president and senior legal counsel Hayley Geftman-Gold over Facebook comments saying she had no sympathy for Las Vegas victims  —  CBS fired a company executive Monday after she criticized some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy.
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
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:   Steve Coogan says the role of Piers Morgan and other Mirror execs in phone hacking scandal has not been properly scrutinized
BuzzFeed:
Security and digital rights experts condemn new proposed laws in UK under which people repeatedly viewing extremist content could face up to 15 years in prison  —  Rudd's plan has provoked a wave of criticism from Liberty and the Open Rights Group, among others.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Profile of Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer who, sources say, is leading the internal investigation into Russian meddling  —  How much did Russia use Facebook during the campaign?  Stamos is trying to find out.  —  Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump was elected president …
Discussion: Fortune and The Hill
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
A look at Etilaat e Roz, a hard-hitting Afghan newspaper funded by advertising and donors, and the rise of the country's independent news media post-2001  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The first time Zaki Daryabi started a small newspaper in Afghanistan, it shut down within months.
Discussion: The Guardian
 
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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
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft discontinues Groove Music Pass service, effective December 31, partners with Spotify, which it will recommend to Windows users instead
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