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2:45 PM ET, October 4, 2018


 Top News: 
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Study finds that of the 700K+ Twitter accounts that linked to 600+ sites spreading misinformation in 2016, more than 80% are still active and many are bots  —  Twitter is still rife with “fake news” a month out from the 2018 midterms, with more than 80 percent of the accounts …
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
With its investigation of Trump's wealth, the NYT acknowledged its past role in glorifying Trump's negotiating skills and found the proof for what some assumed  —  We live at a time when journalism can land with great force.  The epic investigation published Tuesday by The New York Times …
Melina Delkic / New York Times:
How three New York Times reporters spent over a year combing through 100K+ documents and interviewing people to uncover the source of Trump's wealth
Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Ken Ward Jr., a veteran reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail and the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, gets a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation  —  Your support makes that possible — subscribe today  —  Your support makes that possible — subscribe today
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
CNN launches CNN Business, a site with a focus on how tech affects other business sectors, and opens a San Francisco bureau as it shuts down CNNMoney  —  CNN is taking the wraps off its new business site, CNN Business, to reflect an increased emphasis on Silicon Valley.
Discussion: TVNewser and Adweek
Trey Williams / The Wrap:
CEO of the owner of MoviePass says the company raised $65M in September and that subscribers are going to less than one movie a month on average  —  TheGrill 2018: “We've been the underdog since August 15 of last year... we're still here, and we're not going anywhere," Helios & Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth says
Barnes & Noble to look at strategic alternatives including a possible sale, after receiving interest from multiple parties including Chairman Leonard Riggio  —  - The announcement follows expressions of interest from multiple parties, including its chairman Leonard Riggio, it said in a statement.
Sinéad Baker / Business Insider:
Wikipedia initially rejected a page for scientist Donna Strickland in May due to lack of “significant coverage”, then built a page after she won a Nobel Prize  —  - Dr. Donna Strickland jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday, but she did not have a Wikipedia page until then.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Discussion: The Drum
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News:
Cheddar is using Synacor and its Cloud ID platform to give free access to viewers via YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV  —  Buffalo tech vendor says its cloud-based identity management tool is being use by digital news platform for vMVPD authentication  —  Buffalo, NY-based pay TV software …
Discussion: Axios and The Wrap
Joe Eskenazi / Mission Local:
Layoffs loom at San Francisco magazine, part of the Modern Luxury chain, as owners seek higher profits through a leaner magazine budget  —  FORMER EDITOR: “I KNEW THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL.”  —  Over the past several years, San Francisco Magazine has, consistently, told some of the best-researched …
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen estimates 20M+ viewers watched Kavanaugh hearings on TV, 11M+ via cable; Fox News averaged 5.7M viewers to beat CNN and MSNBC's total combined  —  Coverage peaked during Kavanaugh testimony with 7.2 million viewers on Fox News alone.  —  Thursday's testimonies from Supreme Court …
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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Pandora and SoundCloud announce that Pandora will take over advertising placement and sales for SoundCloud in the US starting in 2019
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Variety
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Facebook blocks advertisements mentioning LGBT themes and words like “gender-neutral” for being political, says majority of rejections were in error
Discussion: Engadget
Washington Post:
Review shows ads from mainstream brands like the Girl Scouts still appear on fringe sites because of automated buying, effectively funding extremist content
Chloe Melas / CNN:
Vincent Favale, a CBS SVP, has been placed on leave after claims he used sexual and homophobic language; two sources say he retaliated after they complained
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Middle East Eye:
Turkish officials say Saudi journalist Kamal Khashoggi is in custody in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a claim denied by a Saudi official
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CBS reporter Bianna Golodryga has been named a co-host of “CBS This Morning”
Discussion: TVNewser and Broadcasting & Cable