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3:35 PM ET, November 2, 2018


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Sources: McClatchy, AIM Media, and Donerail Group have submitted bids for Tribune Publishing  —  By By Nabila Ahmed , By Kiel Porter , and By Gerry Smith  — Aim Media is also said to have submitted offer for publisher  — Potential buyers have been circling newspaper chain for months
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Facebook deletes “white genocide conspiracy theory” as a pre-defined ad targeting category after The Intercept was able to use it to promote 2 articles to 168K  —  Apparently fueled by anti-Semitism and the bogus narrative that outside forces are scheming to exterminate the white race …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Just 4 of 36 companies contacted by BuzzFeed said they have identified money that will be refunded to advertisers, following investigation into ad fraud scheme  —  A massive ad fraud scheme that Google acknowledged stole close to $10 million from its ad networks and partners has been shut …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AT&T calls Dish dropping HBO a “tactical decision,” accuses Dish of collaborating with DOJ to block the Time Warner merger as DOJ prepares for December appeal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of “collaborating” …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Washington Post announces Press Freedom Partnership in coordination with CPJ, Reporters without Borders, and others to champion independent press  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
Jeremy B. Merrill / ProPublica:
Investigation finds that 12 Facebook campaigns masked sponsorship of political issue ads, exposing a gap in enforcement of Facebook's disclosure policy
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
ESPN+, available to subscribers for $5/month, will likely cost between $200M and $500M this year, but the goal for Disney is testing how to run an OTT service  —  - Technology and content costs could make ESPN+ a costly venture, especially when subscribers pay only $5 a month.
Washington Post:
Profile of Gab co-founder Andrew Torba, days after Gab went offline and its CTO and co-founder Ekrem Buyukkaya quit citing “attacks from the American press”  —  Like many young entrepreneurs drawn to California's technological gold rush, Andrew Torba brought a familiar mix of smarts …
Pamela Druckerman / New York Times:
A look at the breakdown of media independence in Hungary where the prime minister and his friend control 500+ titles and critical outlets are denied credentials  —  Viktor Orban didn't like what the press was reporting, so he took it over.  —  BUDAPEST — If you're wondering what attacks …
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The Guardian:
The Guardian US hires Moira Donegan, Rebecca Solnit, David Sirota, and Bhaskar Sunkara as opinion columnists
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Katie Deighton / The Drum:
Facebook is working to give advertisers access to Messenger through sponsored messages and Stories via a tool that converts horizontal ads into vertical ones
Pallavi Gogoi / Washington Post:
NPR's chief business editor, Pallavi Gogoi, says she was raped by Indian MP M.J. Akbar, then EIC of Asian Age, and recounts months of verbal and emotional abuse
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Josh Stearns / DemocracyFund:
NewsMatch launches its annual fundraiser for news nonprofits, matching small donations and adding support including $1M from the Facebook Journalism Project
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Lachlan Murdoch, likely CEO of New Fox, says he doesn't make editorial decisions and won't apologize for Fox News: “I'm not embarrassed by what they do at all”
Sources: Jeff Zucker doesn't want CNN hiring ex administration officials complicit in spreading falsehoods after criticism for hiring officials who signed NDAs
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Recode to be folded into starting early next year with no expected layoffs; current EIC Dan Frommer will be replaced by Jason del Rey in the interim
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
NYT Q3: revenue of $417M, up 8% YoY, digital revenue of $450M+ in 2018, 3M digital subscribers out of 4M+ total; subscription revenues make up ~66% of total