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5:45 AM ET, October 31, 2017

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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 …
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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.
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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  —  The video giant's pay TV effort is expanding  —  Over the last five years, major cable and satellite television providers in the US …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: at CNN, staff fear parent company Time Warner's merger with AT&T will lead to the ouster of the network's President Jeff Zucker  —  The good news, however, is that the network's future overlords in Dallas are now willing to publicly support Jeff Zucker.  But what will things look like in a year?
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
MSNBC has confirmed it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract, after HBO and Penguin Press both sever ties  —  MSNBC this morning confirmed to Deadline it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract.  —  News comes days after CNN first reported claims of five women, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
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  —  Amazon Studios, the company's film and TV production arm, said it is moving into the historic Culver Studios, where classics like …
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Daily Beast:
The New Republic's publisher, Hamilton Fish, takes leave after harassment allegations involving “a number of women employees”, according to its owner  —  Hamilton Fish V, the publisher of The New Republic, is taking a leave of absence from running the century-old magazine pending …
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) …
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.
 
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The Guardian:
Suspect in killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall admits to dismembering her body after first denying it, maintains death was accidental
Consumerist:
Consumerist.com ceases publication as a standalone site, folds into parent organization Consumer Reports
Campaign:
Vice Media hires Vogue's Ad Director Lucy Delacherois-Day as commercial director, overseeing its newly-created group specializing in fashion, luxury, and beauty
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
How an FCC relaxation of media ownership rules could work, based on the example of Raycom's merger with Community Newspaper Holdings
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Emily Bell / The Guardian:
The erasure of traditional boundaries between advertising and other “content” online lies at the root of the Russian ad issue during the US election
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Patreon's recent crackdown on adult content worries sex workers and creators of erotic art
Aimee Levitt / Chicago Reader:
Amid the Weinstein fallout and a book tour by Matt Taibbi, the misogynist tales of Taibbi and Mark Ames in The Exile resurface
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