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9:25 PM ET, October 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Senate hearing: Google explains delay in removing RT from ad program; Twitter says ~5% accounts are spam; Facebook says it's disclosed all known Russian ads  —  A live look at the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian election interference.  —  Facebook, Google and Twitter are in Washington …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Senators raise issue to Facebook, Twitter, Google of shell firms obscuring identities of advertisers, a fundamental obstacle to efforts to increase transparency  —  How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren't actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections?
Sources: Facebook, Google, Twitter to tell Congress that Russian election meddling wider than reported; source says 126M Facebook users may have seen content
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR places head of news department, Michael Oreskes, on indefinite leave after harassment claims by two women at another news outlet ~20 years ago  —  NPR is investigating allegations by two women who said the head of its news department made unwanted physical contact with them while he was employed …
Kate Stanhope / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix and MRC suspend production on House of Cards season 6 indefinitely, say they need time to review the situation following allegations against Spacey  —  The news comes one day after the streamer picked up the drama for a sixth and final season.  —  Production on House of Cards …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mark Halperin's longtime collaborator and Game Change co-author, John Heilemann, says he was unaware of sexual harassment allegations  —  For the political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, work on the third installment of their popular “Game Change” book series …
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
A stunt with a banner at a protest of a Mike Cernovich speech fed a Twitter censorship conspiracy theory after Twitter took down image after copyright complaint  —  A right-wing conspiracy theory was born at Columbia University last night, based on a lie that spread with remarkable speed …
Austin American-Statesman:
Cox Media Group announces it is putting the Austin American-Statesman, the Palm Beach Post, and several other newspapers and websites up for sale  —  The Statesman, which employs more than 200 people, will be put on the market with its seven community newspapers and multiple websites.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC Newsnight editor Ian Katz moving to Channel 4 as director of programmes  —  BBC Newsnight editor Ian Katz has been confirmed as Channel 4's director of programmes.  —  Katz will effectively replace Jay Hunt, who has stepped down as Channel 4's chief creative officer to move to Apple's video team, when he begins in January.
Discussion: Variety and BBC
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
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Research by Brooklyn-based bloggers Katia Kelly, Matt Termine, and Julian Russo helped lead to Paul Manafort's indictment
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
Discussion: The A.V. Club
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Discussion: Fortune