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10:25 AM ET, November 3, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Joe Ricketts closes DNAinfo and Gothamist, a week after staff votes to join union; move cuts 115 journalists, including at SFist, LAist, DCist, and Chicagoist  —  A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City's leading digital purveyors …
Glenn Dixon / Washington Post:
A look at the last days of Tronc's Baltimore City Paper and the importance of alt-weeklies, with irreverent, relentlessly local journalism and an underdog role  —  In July, in a corner of the Baltimore Sun building, one floor above the Sun newsroom, about a dozen staffers of the smaller …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Alt-weekly Baltimore Beat to debut Nov. 15 in print and online, two weeks after Baltimore City Paper ended, with same owners as Washington and Los Angeles Blade  —  The Baltimore Beat launches November 15, two weeks after the Baltimore City Paper's demise.  —  Baltimore will have a new alt …
Discussion: @washingtonian and Baltimore Brew
Chloe Melas / CNNMoney:
Former House of Cards production assistant says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him; other current and former workers call Spacey's behavior “predatory”  —  Spacey apologizes for alleged sex assault against a minor  —  Kevin Spacey made the set of Netflix's “House of Cards” …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
CNN plans to launch tiered subscriptions as early as Q2 of 2018, debuts e-commerce site, and weighs expanding CNN Go app outside the US for a fee  —  The as-yet-unpriced plans are part of effort to reach $1 billion in digital revenue by 2022  —  Two years ago, an employee in CNN's digital news group …
Discussion: CNN, Variety, Digiday, Mashable and Y Combinator
Lawyers for CEO of Russia's XBT, who is suing BuzzFeed for posting the Trump dossier, argue BuzzFeed can't protect sources because it's not a news organization  —  Lawyers for a Russian tech executive are asking a federal judge to force BuzzFeed to reveal its source for an unverified dossier …
Discussion: @benmullin
Dan Gartland /
New ESPN social media policy requires breaking news to first be reported on ESPN and OK from superiors for political posts; urges only sports-related politics  —  ESPN employees aren't allowed to break news on social media or take partisan positions.  —  In response to recent controversies …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower data shows Pandora dethroned Netflix as top grossing non-game app on US App Store and Google Play in Q3 2017 with $80M revenue, up 142% YoY  —  In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower.
Memo: Breitbart benefactor Robert Mercer to sell his stake in Breitbart News to daughters and disavows Milo Yiannopoulos as he steps down as RenTech co-CEO  —  Renaissance Technologies' Robert Mercer plans to step down as co-chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, according to a letter he sent to investors in the firm's funds.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A look at Fox News' smear of CNN's Jake Tapper, and how it was defended as fair game because of Fox dominance in ratings  —  The tweet from the main Fox News account seized upon the feverish overlaps among the mainstream media, religion and terrorism:  —  Too bad it was a crock.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out multiple profiles for YouTube Kids, with app tailored to children's ages if parents provide birthdate, adds parental controls  —  YouTube Kids, the kid-friendly, more filtered version of YouTube first introduced in 2015, is getting a notable upgrade.
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Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Filmmaker Brett Ratner to “step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities” amid sexual misconduct allegations