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8:20 PM ET, October 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:
Twitter took 11 months after being notified by GOP to shut down a fake Twitter account with 136K+ followers run by a Russian troll farm, posing as Tennessee GOP  —  The account was one of hundreds created by Russia's Internet Research Agency and drew 136,000 followers by tweeting divisive messages …
Alec Saslow / MapLight:
MapLight recommends more digital political ad rules: requiring platforms to report ad buys, marking ads clearly, and more disclosure from political groups  —  Following revelations exposing online advertising surrounding the 2016 election linked to a Russian propaganda company …
Discussion: @maplight and Maplight
McClatchy reports Q3 adjusted net loss of $5.9M on revenue of $212.6M, down 9.4% YoY; total ad revenue was $115.3M, down 13.4% YoY  —  McClatchy (NYSE American-MNI) recorded after-tax non-cash charges of $230.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, leading to a quarterly net loss of $238.9 million, or $31.28 per share.
Discussion: Poynter
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
AG Jeff Sessions says he won't “make a blanket commitment” not to jail journalists, says DoJ tries to find alternatives to “directly confronting a media person”  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday that he reserves the right to jail journalists, “if we have to.”
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hearst agrees to acquire Rodale Inc., publisher of Men's Health and Runner's World; source says price was less than $225M  —  Deal is expected to close in early 2018 following government approval  —  Hearst has agreed to purchase Rodale Inc., the family-owned publisher …
Discussion: Folio, Adweek and Rodale Inc
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
CNN wins first-of-its-kind waiver from FAA to fly drones over crowds regardless of population density, at altitudes of up to 150 feet  —  CNN has won an interesting waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA - an exemption that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Morning Consult/Politico poll: 46% of voters think the media makes up stories about Donald Trump, with the number rising to 76% among Republican voters  —  But voters diverge from the president on whether the federal government should be able to punish news organizations that he believes make up stories about him.
Hollywood Reporter:
Details emerge about Amazon Studios ex-chief Roy Price's crude talk and pricey Weinstein deals, with little support offered for female-led Big Little Lies  —  Days after THR published producer Isa Hackett's sexual harassment claims, the head of the streaming giant steps down.
Ex-Variety staffers call former editor-in-chief Peter Bart one of Harvey Weinstein's greatest protectors, a charge Bart denies
Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Time's Michael Duffy, deputy managing editor and editorial director of parent company Time Inc., is leaving company after 32 years  —  A three-decade, 50-cover-story vet goes over the side as a new digital regime consolidates: “With Duffy gone, the vestiges of what Time used to be go with him,” said a former colleague.
Discussion: @nancygibbs
Rob Price / Business Insider:
The Guardian announces $55M venture capital arm, GMG Ventures, which will focus on media tech and invest in areas ranging from AI to payments  —  - The Guardian is launching a £42 million venture capital firm to invest in startups related to media-tech.
Discussion: The Drum, The Guardian and @rafat
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Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Discovery Communications Eurosport unit partners with Snap to create Olympics-focused content for Snapchat Discover, in a bid to attract younger viewers
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Advertisers are drifting towards streaming services like Amazon and Netflix at the urging of their clients, as viewers shift eyeballs and TV ratings dwindle
Discussion: The New York Observer
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Ted Sarandos says Netflix plans to produce 80 original movies in 2018
Discussion: The FADER and CinemaBlend
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Profile of The Print, a digital outlet covering Indian politics, founded by former Indian Express CEO and editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta