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8:35 AM ET, October 27, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Discussion: @oliverdarcy and Mediaite
Kate Stanhope / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO drops miniseries about the 2016 election based on Mark Halperin's planned book after sexual harassment claims  —  The project, announced in March, was set to be directed by Jay Roach and produced by Tom Hanks.  —  HBO is dropping its planned miniseries about the 2016 presidential election …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Five women accuse veteran journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment while he was at ABC News; Halperin apologizes
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  —  Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately.
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 …
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)—, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
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  —  8sian Media focuses on video publishing, syndication systems  —  Qello, a streaming platform that also owns and operates …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Time Inc. cuts 50-75 staffers; spokeswoman declines to say whether more reductions are coming later this year  —  The cuts are part of Time Inc.'s continued digital transformation.  —  Food & Wine is leaving Time Inc.'s New York headquarters.  —  Time Inc. has let go of between 50 and 75 employees, WWD has learned.
Discussion: Folio, @jeremymbarr, Mediawire and Forbes
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify is canceling original video series on the service, as well as shows it hasn't released, as the company rethinks its video strategy  —  New video chief at online music service wants fresh approach  —  Company looks to diversify revenue without added royalty costs
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.
Discussion: Variety
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: BuzzFeed News restructures entertainment coverage, spurred by “holes in our Weinstein coverage”; three entertainment editors to leave  —  BuzzFeed News is changing its approach to covering the entertainment biz — after top editors perceived that the site trailed on coverage …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Nancy Scola / Politico:
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Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter's Q3 revenue of $589.6M tops estimates; MAUs grew 4% YoY to 330M, DAUs grew 14% YoY; net loss down to $21.1M; shares rise 13%+