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7:35 AM ET, October 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation reveals a network of 125+ Android apps and websites that are part of a massive ad fraud scheme; the apps were installed an estimated 115M+ times  —  Last April, Steven Schoen received an email from someone named Natalie Andrea who said she worked for a company called We Purchase Apps.
Per Bjorke / Google Online Security Blog:
Google has removed some apps and blacklisted sites from its ad network, acting on data from BuzzFeed, estimates value of affected Google ad spend is under $10M  —  Fighting invalid traffic is essential for the long-term sustainability of the digital advertising ecosystem.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump calls Saudi Arabia's account of Khashoggi's killing “the worst cover-up ever”, says he'll wait to assign blame until US officials return from Turkey  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's account of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “the worst cover-up ever.”
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
President Erdogan addresses Turkish Parliament on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, says Saudi team planned killing and proposes trials to be held in Istanbul
Claire Newell / Telegraph:
UK appeals court stops The Telegraph from revealing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff by an unnamed businessman, citing NDAs  —  A leading businessman has been granted an injunction against The Telegraph to prevent this newspaper revealing alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Telling journalists to hide informed opinions on social media, as VandeHei of Axios has done, creates its own kind of bias and withholds valuable context  —  For years we've talked about the journalistic perils of what journalism professor Jay Rosen calls the “view from nowhere,” …
Discussion: NBC News and @markharrisnyc
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Ezra Klein and Jay Rosen discuss the culture of the political press, how to cover Trump's untruths, and the power of news audiences  —  A difficult conversation about the state of political journalism.  —  I'm a political journalist.  I've been a political journalist for 15 years.
PR Newswire:
The Times of India and South China Morning Post partner to share select content; Times of India will be SCMP's primary partner in India for content syndication  —  Times Bridge, the global investments and partnerships arm of The Times Group, India's oldest and largest media company …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu adds Starz as a premium add-on for $8.99/month, the same price that Starz costs as a standalone or from other streaming services  —  Sarah Perez @sarahintampa / 7 hours  —  Following news of Hulu's plans to move towards skinnier bundles, including those consisting of premium add-ons …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Television Distribution President Paul Franklin is retiring after two and a half years in the post
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Laura Slattery / The Irish Times:
Mark Little's startup Neva Labs has been renamed Kinzen, plans to launch paid news app of the same name in January 2019
Brent Lang / Variety:
20th Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider discusses the Disney deal, how staff are coping with impending job losses, and more
Holly Otterbein /
Comcast and ABC-owned TV stations in the Philadelphia area aired a super PAC's ad falsely claiming a Democratic candidate funded a cop-killer's legal defense
 Earlier Picks: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Digital publisher Refinery29, the media and entertainment company focused on millennial women, is laying off 10% of its workforce or 40+ full-time employees
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
The New York Times Company:
Dodai Stewart, founding editor of Jezebel and former editor-in-chief of Splinter, is joining the New York Times as deputy editor of Metro