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1:45 PM ET, October 27, 2017

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Rob Goldman / Facebook:
Facebook's update on ad transparency: tests start in Canada in Nov., in US and elsewhere by summer, will show all ads running, archive US election ads, more  —  When it comes to advertising on Facebook, people should be able to tell who the advertiser is and see the ads they're running, especially for political ads.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Women of the campaign press corps say Mark Halperin's unsavory behavior was an “open secret”, dating from the mid-1990s  —  Dianna Goldberg was a young researcher at ABC News in 1994 when she asked a colleague, Mark Halperin, for some information about a story.
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The Daily Beast:
Penguin Press announces it is canceling plans to publish book Mark Halperin was co-authoring on 2016 election  —  Penguin Press announced on Thursday that it was dropping Mark Halperin's new book amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment against the journalist and author.
Kate Stanhope / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO drops miniseries about the 2016 election based on Mark Halperin's planned book after sexual harassment claims
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Five women accuse veteran journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment while he was at ABC News; Halperin apologizes
Peter Kafka / Recode:
BuzzFeed's Product Labs offers marketing to creators of products or services in exchange for a cut of net sales, probably 10-20%  —  You make the ShamWow, they'll make the ad.  —  BuzzFeed makes money selling ads.  It has started making money selling its own gadgets.
Discussion: @pkafka and @myurow
Shareen Pathak / Digiday:
In Q3, Amazon reports 58% rise to $1.12B YoY in “other” revenue, composed mostly of ad sales; CFO says ads help site visitors make informed decisions  —  Calling all brand marketers: We're opening up a few more complimentary spots to join the Digiday Marketing Summit in the Bahamas in December.
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Business Wire:
Amazon reports Q3 revenue of $43.74B, up 34% YoY, vs $42.14B expected; net income of $256M, up from $252M YoY; stock up 7%+ after hours  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Clio Chang / Splinter:
The open sexual harassment by The New Republic's Leon Wieseltier, literary editor for over 30 years, raises questions about accountability  —  On Tuesday night, The New York Times, Politico, and The Atlantic all published stories detailing numerous sexual harassment allegations against Leon Wieseltier …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says people are watching YouTube on TVs for 100M hours/day, up 70% in the last year  —  YouTube viewing on actual TV sets is up 70 percent in the last year.  —  YouTube has been trying to position itself as a TV competitor for years.
Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
How European regulators are weighing control of misinformation and free speech, hampered by a lack of consensus, research, public data from Facebook and Google  —  This month, a new law against hate speech will go into effect in Germany, fining Facebook, Twitter, YouTube …
Shashidhar KJ / MediaNama:
Sources: HuffPost decides not to renew 3-year partnership with Times of India Group; HuffPost to relaunch in India  —  HuffPost and the Times of India Group have ended their partnership, multiple, reliable sources, including current and former employees, have confirmed to MediaNama.
Discussion: @raju, Thanks:@nixxin
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
German advertising trade groups propose European chapter of the Coalition for Better Ads that would enable more local control of European digital media markets  —  Cracks are appearing in the Coalition for Better Ads as German members have started demanding more of a voice in the discussions.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The Turtles lose at Florida's Supreme Court as the music group sought state common-law copyright protection for its pre-1972 songs  —  Do states want copyright to sprawl even further?  Two have said “no.”  —  Members of 1960s rock band The Turtles have lost a major legal battle in their quest …
RT:
Russia Today shares details of 2016 advertising pitch from Twitter to promote RT's US election coverage  —  Twitter pushed RT for a large ad buy for the 2016 US election, but the channel declined the offer.  —  Trends  —  At the end of September, Twitter published a report titled 'Russian interference …
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Twitter:
Twitter decides to ban advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today and Sputnik and will donate estimated $1.9M earnings since 2011 to misinfo research
 
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Streaming platform Qello merges with video publishing tech company 8sian Media, new firm will keep Qello name, Gary Winnick will serve as chairman of company
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: BuzzFeed News restructures entertainment coverage, spurred by “holes in our Weinstein coverage”; three entertainment editors to leave
Tom Cassauwers / Nieman Lab:
A look at Apache, a Belgian investigative news co-op with seven reporters, a porous paywall, just over 1,000 shareholders, and about 3,500 subscribers
Discussion: @sdp
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Time Inc. cuts 50-75 staffers; spokeswoman declines to say whether more reductions are coming later this year
Discussion: @jeremymbarr and Mediawire