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5:45 PM ET, October 17, 2017

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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein, Harvey's brother, accused of sexual harassment and joking he could fire showrunner for a Spike TV series if she kept refusing dinner invitations  —  A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.
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Business Wire:
The Weinstein Company announces investment from Colony Capital, says it's in talks about selling all or part of the company
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Industry gatekeepers like Harvey Weinstein and The New York Times have less power thanks to proliferation of online entertainment and news sources  —  I'd be remiss in not stating the obvious: Harvey Weinstein is a despicable human being, who did evil things.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim  —  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was suspended by the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Content recommendation ad network Outbrain is investigating whether Russian ads or other forms of meddling occurred on its platform during 2016 election  —  The content recommendation ad network Outbrain, whose clicky content sprawls across the web, is investigating whether Russian ads …
The Guardian:
Son of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia accuses the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and others of being “complicit” in her murder  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed because she ‘stood between rule of law and those who sought to violate it’, says son Matthew
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Press Gazette:   Mexican broadcast journalist Cecilia Mendez shot dead on her way home from work, on the same day Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
A look at the staff, programming, and revenue at The Daily, The New York Times news podcast, which has passed 100M downloads  —  Within nine months of its launch, it looks like The New York Times (NYT) has more than a success on its hands.  “The Daily” is becoming a phenomenon …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @rafat and @mathewi
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap and NBCUniversal form studio joint venture, with 50-50 ownership, to create original programs for mobile devices, announce first deal with Duplass brothers  —  Snap and NBCUniversal are creating a Hollywood studio dedicated to the future of app-centric entertainment.
New York Times:
Some say China's increasingly tight control of online content is vindicated as US probes foreign digital influence amid its election  —  HULUNBUIR, China — In the United States, some of the world's most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Google wants to expand into the TV ad market with its ad-serving technology; CBS All Access and Bloomberg Media are both using it  —  - Google wants to become an integral player in the TV ad landscape.  — The company is trying to get TV companies to adopt its video ad tech software …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV, which wants to build a Spotify-like free service for TV content, has raised $8.3M in a round led by Samsung's venture capital arm  —  Pluto TV, the startup aiming to build a Spotify-like free service for TV content, has received $5 million in funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corp. …
 
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Tony Romm / Recode:
In a subtle rebuke of Trump, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says his agency does not have the authority to revoke networks' licenses based on content of a newscast
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's use of Twitter raises ethical and legal questions for reporters and upends traditional reporting on politics by effectively replacing press conferences