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1:20 PM ET, October 5, 2018

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Ben Bland / Financial Times:
The Financial Times says Hong Kong will not renew a work visa for Victor Mallet, the paper's Asia news editor, and has not given a reason for the decision  —  The Hong Kong government has rejected the visa renewal application of the Financial Times' top news editor in Asia …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and other daily newspapers, is changing its name back to Tribune Publishing; stock symbol changes to TPCO  —  A sign marks the Chicago Tribune's offices at One Prudential Plaza on June 12, 2018, in Chicago.  The newspaper's parent company …
Jack Sullivan / CommonWealth Magazine:
Sources: Boston Herald, bought by Digital First Media in February, lays off about 20 staffers, including at least two photographers and five on sports copy desk  —  THE STRUGGLING BOSTON HERALD laid off about 20 more staffers Thursday, including at least two award-winning veteran photographers for a tabloid that thrives on pictures.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Kavanaugh hearings are a boon for hyperpartisan publishers on Facebook, though the most popular links on the subject come from trusted news sources like WaPo  —  “It is certainly the biggest story in politics since the 2016 election,” one publisher told BuzzFeed News
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says it is beta testing Spotify for Podcasters, a program to give any podcaster the ability to syndicate their show via the music service  —  Spotify is beta testing a new program to get more podcasts onto its service.  Spotify for Podcasters gives any podcaster the ability to syndicate …
Lois Weiss / New York Post:
Sources: BuzzFeed plans to open a Manhattan toy store this fall and will include an “experiential” area for selfies, with décor that changes every few months  —  BuzzFeed is dipping its toes into the retail business with an offbeat plan to open a quirky toy store in Manhattan this fall, The Post has learned.
Discussion: @andreawass
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
A year after introducing a native video player, Reddit says the player has surpassed 1B views per month, with over 50% of all video views served by it  —  The first billion is the hardest.  A year after introducing a native video player and giving its users the ability to record and post …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Carole Cadwalladr threatened Channel 4 with an injunction to make its reporters and editors hand over sources and transcripts linked to Cambridge Analytica  —  Carole Cadwalladr hired lawyers to threaten action against her broadcast partner and fell out with the New York Times and BBC in rows over access to sources.
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @carolecadwalla
Los Angeles Times:
Slate Editor-in-Chief Julia Turner is leaving to become deputy managing editor responsible for arts and entertainment coverage at The Los Angeles Times  —  The Los Angeles Times named Julia Turner its deputy managing editor responsible for Arts and Entertainment coverage.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Weekly to relaunch as glossy news magazine, will have higher cover price and greater focus on design; GW has a circulation of about 42,000 worldwide  —  New-look publication will have slightly increased cover price and greater focus on design  —  The Guardian is to relaunch …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
In a 15-page internal memo sent in late September, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sets a goal of reaching full-year profitability in 2019, admits redesign was rushed  —  CEO Evan Spiegel has given Snap Inc. the directive of achieving full-year profitability in 2019 and has refocused the company around …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
National Geographic Partners has laid off 12 full-time staffers from its digital operation ahead of pending sale to Disney as part of 21st Century Fox deal  —  National Geographic Partners laid off 12 full-time staffers last week, Mediaite has learned, the latest round of cuts that comes …
 
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
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