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4:05 PM ET, October 19, 2018


 Top News: 
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
At a rally in Montana, Trump praised Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during Gianforte's campaign for Congress in 2017  —  President's comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi  —  Play Video
BuzzFeed News:
Tim Cook calls for a retraction of Bloomberg's China chip hacking story: “There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do the right thing”  —  “I feel they should retract their story.  There is no truth in their story about Apple.  They need to do that right thing."
NBC News:
Source: Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts for violating spam rules; the accounts had posted pro-Saudi Arabia tweets about the disappearance of Khashoggi  —  Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with evidence of coordinated activity.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: Vice's London office had a team working on material promoting Saudi Arabia in partnership with Saudi publishing group SRMG; deal is now under review  —  PR agency Freud's, the Independent, Vice and Tony Blair Institute for Global Change among those with links
Erik Wemple / @erikwemple:
After US treasury secretary pulled out of conference in Saudi Arabia, Fox Business Network follows by announcing it will cancel sponsorship and participation
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done  —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
SiriusXM partners with Amazon to offer trial 3-month subscriptions to Echo Dots buyers and Echo Dot speakers to people who become subscribers  —  (Reuters) - Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc is teaming up with in its push into listeners' homes to move beyond its stronghold inside vehicles.
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How Sinclair's focus on small markets led to it becoming a conservative media empire, with more stations in swing states than any other company  —  The company has achieved formidable reach by focussing on small markets where its TV stations can have a big influence.
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Los Angeles Times:
Peter Meehan, cofounder of the defunct Lucky Peach magazine, joins the LA Times' Food staff as it expands following Jonathan Gold's death  —  Meehan will help guide editorial direction and expansion of The Times' food and dining coverage  —  The Los Angeles Times has named Peter Meehan …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name Mother Mushroom, has been released from prison, will live in exile in Houston  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed news that Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name “Mother Mushroom,” …
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House is merging two of its units, Random House and Crown Publishing Group; Gina Centrello will lead the combined division
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Jason Miller adds a co-host of the Chapo Trap House podcast to suit against Gizmodo Media Group because of the co-host's tweet calling Miller a “baby killer”
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Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Trump administration has now indicted at least five sources for journalists in less than two years, a practice that is a danger to investigative journalism
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYT defends its Gavin McInnes profile, saying that it was written in response to events in the news and addressed “his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments”
E. W. Scripps acquires Triton, which provides digital audience analytics and infrastructure for delivering audio for companies like NPR and Spotify, for $150M
Spotify acquires minority stake in DistroKid, a music distributor used by independent artists, enabling those using Spotify for Artists to distribute elsewhere
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium