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6:40 PM ET, October 12, 2017


 Top News: 
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
Interviews and internal company records show Weinstein Company may have known of settlements involving Harvey Weinstein since 2015  —  With Harvey Weinstein fired amid escalating allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, the business he helped create is consumed not just with what he is accused …
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
At least 30 women, including Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, and Claire Forlani have reportedly accused Harvey Weinstein of assault or harassment  —  Days after a series of sexual harassment allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein were made public in a report in The New York Times …
Michael Cader / Publishers Lunch:
Hachette Book Group ends Weinstein Books imprint after allegations against Harvey Weinstein; titles and staff will be moved to Hachette Books imprint  —  Following the extensive and continuing accounts of alleged sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, on Thursday Hachette Book Group announced …
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Interview with Jodi Kantor, who with Megan Twohey reported the NYT story on Harvey Weinstein, on why women came forward, why stories didn't emerge earlier, more
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources differ on whether freelance correspondent Ronan Farrow had enough usable interviews when NBC News passed on his Harvey Weinstein story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Weinstein used the media to smear his victims and keep them silent; prior to NYT story, negative info about one of his accusers was offered to a WaPo reporter
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
Every industry, including journalism, has men like Harvey Weinstein who cross lines with women in multiple ways
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey again says Twitter needs to be a “lot more transparent in our actions”, after it broke its silence on suspension of Rose McGowan  —  Twitter has abruptly broken its own policy of not commenting on individual accounts to explain why it temporarily suspended …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
In an interview, Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is committed to helping Congressional investigators publicly release Russia-linked ads and info on user targeting  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How Facebook's automated ad auctions reward popular but polarizing messages with lower unit costs
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Facebook says it fixed a CrowdTangle “bug” that allowed a researcher to analyze the reach of Russia-linked account posts  —  Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Investment group calls on 21st Century Fox to overhaul board and review culture, seeks resignation of audit committee chair, after Fox News harassment issues  —  An organization that advises several union pension funds invested in Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox called on Thursday …
Discussion: @emilysteel
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches an iOS app so musicians can see real-time streaming data and audience demographics, with Android version coming in a few weeks  —  In the music streaming era, access to data is king.  Artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who's listening, where …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Leaked Facebook email to fact-checking partners: news they label as false sees future impressions drop by 80% and takes 3+ days for labels to be applied  —  A news story that's been labeled false by Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80% …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Fusion is developing TV shows based on Gizmodo Media Group titles, starting with Jalopnik  —  Fusion is beginning to roll out a slate of TV shows from various properties within Gizmodo Media Group (formerly Gawker Media), starting with Jalopnik.  It's part of a broader strategy …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's threat to NBC echoes Nixon's 1973 tactics against the FCC licenses of TV stations owned by The Washington Post  —  President Trump is yet again threatening to crack down on media outlets he doesn't like.  But this time he's doing it in a much more brazen fashion.
Discussion: @aaronblake, The Wrap and Hit & Run
Experts say Trump's threat to “challenge” TV networks' licenses, made in response to NBC News report, would be hard to implement
Stephanie Prange / Variety:
Five major Hollywood studios join Disney's Movies Anywhere service, a digital locker that brings together movies from Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu  —  Disney-owned Movies Anywhere service gets backing from most of the majors, launches tonight  —  Stephanie's Most Recent Stories
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Local UK radio station buys the Oldham Evening Chronicle, a 163-year-old newspaper in Greater Manchester that closed in August, and plans to restart publication
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
Murdoch's News Group Newspapers deliberately hid and destroyed evidence of unlawful activity, allege phone hacking victims in court
Discussion: iMediaEthics
New York Times:
A collection of articles by Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of 2017's 24 recipients of “genius” grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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Zheping Huang / Quartz:
A look at the role and risks of “news assistants”, journalists who are unable to work as reporters for foreign news orgs in China due to government regulations
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
BuzzFeed drops “All the news too lit for print” slogan for its AM to DM Twitter show after objection by New York Times lawyers
Discussion: The New York Observer and Newser