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8:10 PM ET, October 4, 2017


 Top News: 
Kelsey Sutton / Mic:
Amid a flurry of false news reports related to the Las Vegas shooting, Newsweek retracts a story about the shooter's girlfriend  —  Newsweek has retracted an article that made a number of claims about the female companion of Stephen Paddock, the man who shot and killed at least 58 people …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook and Google, both immensely wealthy, need to step up with serious solutions to weaponized disinformation  —  (Eugene Garcia/European Pressphoto Agency/EFE)  —  Well-intentioned warnings to journalists were circulating early this week as the news of the Las Vegas massacre broke.
Sources: some Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted key areas of Michigan and Wisconsin, aimed at people susceptible to anti-Muslim messages
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Harvey Weinstein has hired lawyers including Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder ahead of expected New York Times and New Yorker stories about his behavior  —  The Hollywood mogul has enlisted a team of attorneys to fight planned articles that are said to be about his personal behavior.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed says its AM to DM Twitter show drew about 1M unique viewers each day after it launched last week  —  Twitter's making a big push into live video, with deals for pro sports, talk shows,network TV premieres and more.  But what does a real newscast look like if you rethink it for Twitter?
Discussion: @mekosoff and @antheabutler
Time Inc.'s Entertainment Weekly announces it is moving its headquarters from New York City to Los Angeles by March 2018  —  Brent Lang  —  Senior Film and Media Editor @BrentALang FOLLOW  —  Brent's Most Recent Stories  —  Go west, venerable magazine.
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.
Benjamin Landy / Vanity Fair:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson sidesteps question on whether CNN President Jeff Zucker will remain after AT&T-Time Warner deal  —  Amid rumors that CNN's leadership could be a sticking point in the Justice Department's approval of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Zucker's future at the news network remains unclear.
Discussion: Mediaite and Variety
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
TV trade group accuses Facebook of inflating number of young users throughout US; FB says counts may include visitors, tourists, and users who misreport age  —  As Facebook grapples with the cascading fake news issue, the company is also increasingly facing charges from advertising groups …
Discussion: Adweek and VideoInk
US Press Freedom Tracker:
TYT cameraman Ty Bayliss and reporter Jordan Chariton arrested in St. Louis protest on highway, detained for about 20 hours despite press badges, released  —  Ty Bayliss — a cameraman and editor for the progressive online news organization The Young Turks — was arrested along …
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.
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 …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon announces that Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media, is leaving in February 2018
David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook's CrowdTangle is partnering with the Local Media Consortium, giving its members access to CrowdTangle's tools
Discussion: AdExchanger
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
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The News Integrity Initiative gives $1.8M to 10 projects focused on increasing trust in news
Discussion: @dangillmor and Dan Gillmor
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