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9:30 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  —  Steve Coogan has said he believes phone hacking took place for “up to 15 years” at the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People newspapers.
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.
 
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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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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
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