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3:45 PM ET, October 30, 2018


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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
As Google rolls out a news feed under the search box on its mobile homepage, questions remain about the effects it could have on society  —  This is exhausting; I'm exhausted  —  I woke up this morning to two pieces of news that I couldn't help but see as two sides of the same coin …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Journalists working the local news beat in the US say they're regularly being verbally abused or physically assaulted, driven by attacks from Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The hostility she's felt from the public recently wasn't necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori …
VICE News:
Reporters tried to buy fake Facebook ads on behalf of all 100 US senators and Facebook approved all of them, following other high profile fake ad approvals  —  One of Facebook's major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required “Paid for by” disclosure at the top …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription-based sports site The Athletic has raised $40M Series C led by Founders Fund and Bedrock Capital, sources say at a $200M valuation  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, raised $40 million in a series C funding round.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: exit talks between NBC News and Megyn Kelly have hit a snag, over non-disclosure and non-compete stipulations
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay is making a documentary on Prince for Netflix and has been granted access to the singer's archives and unreleased material  —  EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay directed the film that opened the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
THR/Morning Consult poll: 56% of Americans say cable is unaffordable; 18-29 year olds spend more time with video games, social media, and YouTube than TV  —  Meanwhile, 47 percent say the same about satellite, while just 17 percent deem streaming unaffordable, a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Snapchat expands Snapchat Shows by adding 25 new series out of the UK, from partners including Sky News, Vice, and Sky Sports  —  Snapchat, in hot competition with the likes of YouTube and Instagram's IGTV to capture a growing audience that is replacing traditional TV with online and mobile video programs …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @mattnavarra
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Twitter should kill the retweet if it wants to foster healthy conversation, instead of the Like, as RTs are what really reward and drive outlandish comments  —  The feature derails healthy conversation and preys on users' worst instincts.  —  On Monday, Twitter was briefly ablaze …
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House imprint Dutton is issuing four novels by John Green as “mini books”, cellphone-sized editions aimed at young people  —  Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint, has just released its first batch of mini books, with a box set of novels by the best-selling author John Green.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Instagram has become a refuge for far-right figures who have somehow managed to avoid being banned from the site, including Alex Jones  —  Instagram hosts accounts from prominent right-wingers who have already been banned from Twitter and Facebook.  —  Alt-right social network Gab shuttered itself …
Discussion: @meemstd and @mccarthyryanj
Joel Mathis / The Week:
Journalists of color, who predicted Trump's rise and the forces behind it long before their white peers did, are needed in our newsrooms  —  Jamelle Bouie tried to tell us.  So did Nikole Hannah-Jones.  Jelani Cobb spoke up, as did Vann Newkirk II, Adam Serwer, and Jenée Desmond-Harris.
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
The NYPD is investigating a suspicious paper envelope sent to The New York Times headquarters; the building was not evacuated and has been given the all-clear  —  An official for the NYPD said that an envelope with paper in it was delivered to the building and that an investigation is ongoing.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Suspicious package sent to CNN looks similar to pipe bombs mailed last week; Jeff Zucker says the network's mail is now being screened at an off-site facility
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Despite calls to tone down his rhetoric, Trump renewed his attack on the press on Monday, calling them “the true enemy of the people”