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12:10 PM ET, October 3, 2019

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Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Content recommendation company Taboola has bought rival Outbrain for $250M in cash and 30% equity; Taboola says it will hit $1B in revenue in 2019  —  Outbrain and Taboola — the Ross and Rachel “will they, won't they” online advertising story of our times — could finally have its happy ending.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media agrees to acquire Refinery29 in a deal expected to close before the end of 2019; source: Vice is issuing mostly stock to Refinery29's shareholders  —  After months of talks, Vice Media sealed an agreement to acquire Refinery29, a bet by the two digital-centric media companies …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: TheMaven, Sports Illustrated's new operator, is planning to lay off 40+ employees and hire as many as 200 contract workers in the coming months  —  Employees are expected to receive notice this week that their jobs are being cut  —  TheMaven Inc., which earlier this year licensed …
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Chris Thompson / Deadspin:
Chris Stone is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated after 27 years at the publication; source says layoffs are likely in the next few weeks
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
EU's top court rules that an individual country can order Facebook to take down defamatory content and restrict global access to that material  —  Comments posted on the social network about an Austrian politician became a battle over the reach of European defamation laws on the internet.
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Top media and human rights figures gathered Wednesday for a memorial service in Istanbul for Jamal Khashoggi on the first anniversary of his death  —  ISTANBUL — The memorial service for Jamal Khashoggi was held in the shadow of the Saudi Consulate on Wednesday, on the first anniversary of his death …
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
American Federation of Musicians launches #BandTogether campaign, demanding that major studios improve payouts for musicians' work on streaming content  —  For those planning to meet Disney CEO Bob Iger at his book signing this evening (October 1st) in Glendale, CA, here's a pro tip: bring some earplugs.
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
Pew Research Center:
Poll of US adults: 62% say social media has “too much control” over the mix of news we see on their platforms, and 55% say this results in a worse mix of news  —  Getting news from social media is an increasingly common experience; nearly three-in-ten U.S. adults do so often
The Daily Beast:
The Hill's John Solomon emailed a story he wrote on Ukraine to Rudy Giuliani's allies pre-publication; the email was part of packet given to Congress Wednesday  —  The email was then included in part of a misinformation dossier that the State Department Inspector General delivered to Congress.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Man is sentenced to four months in prison for threatening to kill Boston Globe workers because the paper coordinated editorials condemning Trump's press attacks  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - A California man was sentenced on Wednesday to four months in prison for threatening to kill employees …
Discussion: NBC10 Boston
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's latest tirade against the “corrupt media” was prompted by Reuters journalist Jeff Mason politely repeating a question that Trump had avoided answering  —  “Are you talking to me?”  President Trump asked, his brow creased in disgust.  —  He was staring at Jeff Mason …
 
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Participant and Magnolia buy North American rights to Collective, a documentary about Romanian journalists uncovering healthcare fraud following a club fire
Discussion: The Wrap
Elizabeth Jensen / NPR:
NPR came closest to meeting a goal set by its standards and practices editor to reduce the number of corrections per month to 50 in September, when it issued 64
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study of 1,769 undergrads in Texas finds those who spent time away from Facebook consumed less news and reported feeling less depressed than those who didn't
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Sludge:
Sludge, the media startup focusing on money in politics, says it needs to raise significant funds this month or it will “go into hibernation on October 31”
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Fox News says radio host and commentator Todd Starnes is no longer working at the network and his show on Fox Nation has also been canceled
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Employees of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald announce they plan to unionize, while criticizing a decade of downsizing, layoffs, and consolidation
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Public opinion will affect the outcome of impeachment inquiry; journalists should prepare well for interviews, stop booking liars, and avoid false equivalence