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8:15 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 …
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” …
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: Baltimore Brew
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 …
Discussion: @kumailn
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Periscope says it will waive its 30% cut from the sales of Super Hearts in streams, giving all earnings to creators minus a $1 admin fee per payout  —  Twitter's Periscope is going after live broadcasters in a big way, as it's now promising to give back more of their earnings from the sales of Super Hearts in their live video streams.
Discussion: Periscope
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Bankruptcy adviser is marketing various Gawker's assets: domain names, social accounts, archive, and potential legal claims against Peter Thiel  —  Gawker's lawyers are examining the relationship between Thiel and Hulk Hogan's lawyer  —  The adviser in charge of liquidating Gawker Media LLC …
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
AMC Networks profit jumps 25% YoY in Q3, revenue rises 2.1% YoY to $648M but narrowly misses estimates  —  AMC Networks — the entertainment conglomerate that includes a number of popular cable channels, including AMC, IFC and SundanceTV — posted a 25 percent increase in profit year-over-year …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery Communications Q3 revenue rises 6% YoY to $1.65B while profit remains flat; ad and distribution revenue offset cost of Scripps Networks acquisition
Discussion: Fortune, ZDNet and The Wrap
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Edgar Bronfman Jr., former CEO and chairman of Warner Music Group, co-founds Waverley Capital, a media VC firm with Luminari Capital's Daniel Leff
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Mike Snider / USA Today:
President of Gannett domestic publishing and USA Today publisher John Zidich retiring in April 2018 after more than 40 years at Gannett
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Conde Nast will close Teen Vogue print edition, cutting 80 jobs or 2.5% of their workforce, and will lower frequency of some titles, including GQ and Glamour
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Filmmaker Brett Ratner to “step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities” amid sexual misconduct allegations