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9:45 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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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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
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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
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