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4:05 PM ET, October 19, 2018

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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.
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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
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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 Amazon.com 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.
Discussion: @prichardsonla
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”
WFTS:
E. W. Scripps acquires Triton, which provides digital audience analytics and infrastructure for delivering audio for companies like NPR and Spotify, for $150M
Reuters:
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