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12:20 PM ET, October 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Sources: Facebook, Google, Twitter to tell Congress that Russian election meddling wider than reported; source says 126M Facebook users may have seen content  —  The companies will reveal new data about the Kremlin's disinformation at congressional hearings this week.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Netflix to cancel its first original series, House of Cards, after next season; execs meeting with cast and crew in wake of Kevin Spacey assault allegations  —  Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned.  Production has begun …
Jimmy Wales / Wikitribune Beta:
Jimmy Wales announces WikiTribune is open, says it will begin accepting people over the next few weeks  —  Welcome to WikiTribune, a pilot project for a new approach to journalism where the community is at the center.  This is not a news service - yet.  It'll only be the news service I envisage when you play a full role.
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
UK regulator probing 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky heard testimony from liberal watchdog Media Matters' president, Angelo Carusone, on October 27  —  The U.K. regulator investigating 21st Century Fox's proposed takeover of U.K. broadcaster Sky plc heard testimony last week …
Discussion: @goangelo and @cnnmoney
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
In countries like Myanmar, South Sudan, and India, misinformation on social networks like Facebook and WhatsApp has led to violence and widespread panic  —  For months, Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How streaming boxes running open source Kodi media player software have made video piracy easy with third-party add-ons  —  THE KODI BOX pitch is hard to resist.  A little black plastic square, in look not much different from a Roku or Apple TV, and similar in function as well.
Discussion: Fortune
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Research by Brooklyn-based bloggers Katia Kelly, Matt Termine, and Julian Russo helped lead to Paul Manafort's indictment  —  President Donald Trump's indicted former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, owes his criminal legal troubles, in no small measure, to three ordinary Brooklynites.
Hollywood Reporter:
Since reorganization a year ago, Viacom's ratings are up 3% and analysts expect shares to rise over next 12 months, but Paramount film studio underperforms  —  CEO Bob Bakish, who has been in charge for nearly a year, has made inroads in TV (cable channel ratings are up 3 percent) …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
PBS orders food series No Passport Required from Vox Entertainment, the studio arm of Recode and SB Nation publisher Vox Media  —  Host Marcus Samuelsson will travel America to explore the global cuisine cooked in local immigrant communities.  —  PBS' appetite for food programming is growing.
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
British police have expanded their investigation into Harvey Weinstein and are now probing at least 11 incidents, inside and outside the UK  —  Police in Britain have widened their investigation into Harvey Weinstein and are now looking into allegations that the disgraced producer sexually assaulted …
Discussion: The A.V. Club
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Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon announces plans to move Amazon Studios, IMDB, Amazon Video, and World Wide Advertising to historic 280K sq ft Culver Studios in Culver City, California
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Guardian:
Suspect in killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall admits to dismembering her body after first denying it, maintains death was accidental
Consumerist: ceases publication as a standalone site, folds into parent organization Consumer Reports
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Vice Media hires Vogue's Ad Director Lucy Delacherois-Day as commercial director, overseeing its newly created group specializing in fashion, luxury, and beauty
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube TV debuts a standalone app for Android TV and Xbox One devices today, coming to Apple TV, smart TVs in coming weeks; no plans shared for Amazon app