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1:15 AM ET, November 8, 2017

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New York Times:
Disney says it has reversed its decision to bar the Los Angeles Times from movie press screenings amid backlash  —  Amid a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Company on Tuesday reversed its decision to bar The Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies following an investigation …
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Flavorwire won't review Disney films or cover studio news, and WaPo writer won't review films in advance after Disney studio locked out LA Times over reporting
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is rolling out 280-character tweets around the world  —  Double trouble  —  In most of the world, the iconic 140-character tweet is now officially a thing of the past.  Twitter said today that after a global test, 280-character tweets will roll out to users around the world.
New York Times:
NYT terminates contract with attorney David Boies, who worked for Harvey Weinstein to contract with a firm to “conduct a secret spying operation” on reporters  —  David Boies may be best known for taking on nationally prominent political cases before the Supreme Court …
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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Sources: Weinstein hired private investigators to collect info on actresses and journalists, ahead of revelations, to stop publication of abuse allegations
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Snap says it will start paying top creators over the next year and that it's “neglected the creator community”  —  Snap says it's going to pay top creators, similarly to how YouTube incentivizes people to create videos in exchange for ad revenue.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Taylor Swift's new album to be released Friday, Reputation, won't be available for streaming during first week of sales  —  Representatives for pop star Taylor Swift told streaming-music partners that her new album won't be available through their services during its first week of sales, people familiar with the matter said.
Caitlyn Gribbin / ABC:
Facebook tests hashing to eliminate revenge porn in some countries; users send nude pics to themselves that Facebook will hash so they never appear on its sites  —  If you've had a nude photo taken, you might be nervous about where it could end up.  —  Your phone may be hacked …
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Google News resumes indexing Russia's Federal News Agency, linked in a report to US election trolls, after warning from country's regulator  —  Russian ‘troll factory’ tried to influence U.S. vote, RBC says  —  Alphabet restored access after pressure from Russia government
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Memo: NPR CEO Jarl Mohn takes medical leave after forcing out news chief Michael Oreskes amid sex harassment claims; COO Loren Mayor steps in for a month  —  NPR's Michael Oreskes resigns amid harassment claims  —  NPR chief operating officer Loren Mayor will run the organization for at least …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The BBC says it has seen a spike in complaints regarding sexual harassment since the Weinstein scandal and is currently investigating 25 cases  —  Corporation says it has received 25 complaints so far this year as bosses encourage staff to come forward  —  The BBC has said it is investigating …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   BBC Director-General Tony Hall and other execs are questioned by UK lawmakers over the corporation's gender pay gap, competition from streaming services, more
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Seven weeks after his death, most of Paul Horner's fake news sites are offline; his brother, JJ Horner, says he was unaware the sites had been shuttered  —  Seven weeks after his death, most of Paul Horner's fake news empire is offline.  —  Horner, who once boasted in The Washington Post …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Tencent's e-book publishing arm, China Literature, set to spin out and raise $1B+ in Hong Kong IPO  —  Tencent's China Literature, an Amazon-like e-book business, is continuing the trend of Asian tech IPOs after it announced its public listing in Hong Kong will raise $1.06 billion on Wednesday.
Financial Times:
Sky warns UK regulators it could close Sky News if ownership of the channel gets in the way of a takeover by 21st Century Fox or “other corporate opportunities”  —  Sky has threatened to close down Sky News if its ownership of the channel becomes a regulatory impediment …
Discussion: The Guardian and Bloomberg
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Thrillist parent company Group Nine Media has acquired Jash, the digital comedy studio co-founded by Sarah Silverman
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
BBC:
Facebook promoted comments expressing disbelief underneath both fake and legitimate news stories, as part of an experiment to tackle fake news
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Financial news network Cheddar partners with co-working company WeWork to build remote studios in WeWork offices around the US and potentially London and Asia
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Bob Bowman is stepping down next month as CEO of MLB Advanced Media, which spawned Disney's streaming video company BAMTech
Naomi Rovnick / Financial Times:
Johnston Press bows to investor pressure, agrees to hold shareholder vote to remove interim chairman Camilla Rhodes and director Michael Butterworth
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Melody Kramer / Poynter:
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Steve Smith / Folio:
Time Inc.'s social food video brand Well Done passes 500M views after launching in March
Discussion: Forbes and Mediawire
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney