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8:40 PM ET, November 7, 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  —  The Times is currently barred from attending advance screenings of Disney movies.  —  On Monday, culture and entertainment …
Zack Sharf / IndieWire:
Four critics groups, LAFCA, NYFCC, NSFC, and BSFC, ban Disney films from awards consideration, in response to its blacklist of LA Times  —  In response to Disney blacklisting the Los Angeles Times, four different critics' organizations — the Los Angeles Film Critics Association …
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Report: Harvey Weinstein's lawyer was also representing the NYT at the same time in a separate matter, while working to stop the paper's story on the film mogul  —  David Boies and his Manhattan firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner were representing the newspaper at the same …
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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
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.
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  —  Director general Tony Hall and others in the U.K. parliament also discussed the public broadcaster's efforts to combat harassment and bullying.
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Slate:
A look at push alerts sent by The New York Times and Washington Post since Trump was elected  —  It has been an exhausting, exasperating, anxious year.  A year of relentless assault, as one news break after another pushed its way into our daily existence and found us where we live …
 
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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
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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
Hossam Tewfik / Facebook Media:
Facebook introduces way for publishers to toggle Instant Article recirculation ads on and off after requests from publishers
Discussion: Adweek
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kobalt Capital, subsidiary of royalty tracker Kobalt, unveils $600M music royalties fund to buy new copyrights
Discussion: Variety
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney