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2:05 PM ET, October 4, 2017


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Crooked Media:
Crooked Media, the company behind podcast Pod Saved America, is launching a website, with The New Republic's Senior Editor Brian Beutler as editor-in-chief  —  Juggernaut start-up issues press release to get press about juggernaut start-up.  —  “Pride cometh before the fall,” said the company's founders.
Sources: some Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted key areas of Michigan and Wisconsin, aimed at people susceptible to anti-Muslim messages  —  (CNN)A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Tech companies should act to prevent hoaxes and fake stories, as misinformation experts know how to swarm news events, benefiting from real-time amplification  —  When they woke up and glanced at their phones on Monday morning, Americans may have been shocked to learn that the man behind …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook should have a searchable database of all ads and ramp up authenticity requirements for all buyers, not just for those self-reporting as political
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The News Integrity Initiative gives $1.8M to 10 projects focused on increasing trust in news  —  “The flip side of disinformation is trust.”  —  More community involvement in investigative reporting.  New messaging tools to increase contact between journalists and readers.  Better comments.
Discussion: Dan Gillmor and @dangillmor
A look at the corporate war between the media and social media giants like Facebook; sources say Murdoch wants public to view FB, Google like Wall Street banks  —  Murdoch's bare-knuckle tactics are familiar to his many media enemies.  Now his sights are set on Silicon Valley …
David Cohen / Adweek:
Vox Media launching two Twitter shows: Circuit Breaker on Tuesdays, from staff of Verge's gadget blog, and game-focused Polygon Show on Thursdays  —  Vox Media is creating Twitter livestreamed shows out of a blog and a podcast  —  Vox Media is creating Twitter livestreamed shows out of a blog and a podcast.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon says Yahoo breach in 2013 affected all of its 3B users, up from initially reported 1B users  —  Company disclosed late last year that 2013 hack exposed private information of over 1 billion users  —  A massive data breach at Yahoo AABA 1.95% in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Facebook's Watch videos are being viewed an average of 23 seconds  —  Early data suggests that Facebook's Watch is getting viewers to spend more time watching videos.  But Facebook still has a long way to go to achieve the levels of retention that top video creators and publishers can get on YouTube.
Cenk Uygur / @cenkuygur:
Our reporter @JordanChariton and cameraman/editor Ty Bayliss have been arrested by St. Louis Police. Clear violation of first amendment.  —  Our reporter @JordanChariton and cameraman/editor Ty Bayliss have been arrested by St. Louis Police. Clear violation of first amendment.
Discussion: @thewaywithanoa
Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight First Amendment Institute files lawsuit seeking release of US documents regarding “extreme vetting”, monitoring of immigrants and visitors' social media  —  The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today filed a lawsuit seeking the release of documents concerning …
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
NowThis and Thrillist parent company Group Nine Media names ad agency veteran Adam Shlacter as its first chief marketing officer  —  Group Nine Media is bringing in a digital ad agency veteran to help accelerate its revenue growth.  —  The media company has named as its first chief marketing officer …
David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook's CrowdTangle is partnering with the Local Media Consortium, giving its members access to CrowdTangle's tools  —  Facebook acquired media measurement platform CrowdTangle last November  —  Members of the Local Media Consortium now have access to real-time social media monitoring and tracking tools from CrowdTangle.
Discussion: AdExchanger
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John Cook, Gizmodo Media Group's special projects executive editor and former Gawker executive editor, says in memo that he is leaving the company
Discussion: @annamerlan