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8:40 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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Jack Shafer / Politico:
Disney's boycott of the LA Times was one media company punishing another - and it showed how much power the press has lost  —  Journalists have become so powerless that they can now be safely ignored.  —  That's not my view, but the view of the Walt Disney Company, which last week banned …
Discussion: AOL, The Wrap and Deadline
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.
Terri Cullen / CNBC:
SEC filing shows China's Tencent bought a ~10% minority stake in Snap; sources say Tencent purchased 145.8M nonvoting shares over the last quarter  —  - The news comes as a vote of confidence in Snap, one day after the company posted a huge revenue miss for the third quarter.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
NYU journalism professors are refusing to teach at school's Abu Dhabi campus after the UAE denied a visa for a NYU faculty member  —  Journalism professors at New York University are refusing to teach at the school's Abu Dhabi campus, after officials in the United Arab Emirates denied a faculty member a visa to teach there.
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 …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches $50 Fire TV Stick Basic Edition without Alexa in 100 markets, in a bid to drive adoption of its Prime streaming service  —  We're approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling …
Discussion: Business Wire, GeekWire and The Verge
Charlotte McEleny / The Drum:
Vice Media is increasing its focus on the Asia Pacific region and is opening a number of offices there, including a new regional HQ in Singapore  —  Vice Media has announced a series of new offices for Asia Pacific, including a new regional headquarters in Singapore, signaling a bigger focus on the region from the publisher.
Reuters:
Tencent's China Literature shares close 86.2% over their offer price in Hong Kong debut on Wednesday, giving the company a market value of ~$12B  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent's e-book unit China Literature Ltd (0772.HK) saw its shares surge more than 80 percent in their debut on Wednesday …
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 …
Discussion: TBI Vision
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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
 
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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
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
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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