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4:50 PM ET, October 4, 2017


 Top News: 
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  —  (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
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
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 …
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: @dangillmor and Dan Gillmor
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.
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.
The Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Democracy Fund launch News Match 2017, a $3M fund to provide matching support to news non-profits  —  Individuals are invited to give to more than 130 trusted news organizations at Washington, DC - This week marks the launch …
Discussion: ABC News
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
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
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