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6:45 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: TheMaven, Sports Illustrated's new operator, is laying off 40+ employees and plans to 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 …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
CNN rejects an ad from the Trump 2020 campaign, saying it fails to meet ad standards because it disparages CNN and its journalists and makes false claims  —  The 30-second spot paints the president as a victim of Democrats and alleged “media lapdogs” like CNN.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook effectively allows lies in political ads because it considers them to be expressions of opinion and will not send them to fact-checkers for review  —  This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter.  You can get independent accountability journalism in your inbox every week.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Fire TV has no deal yet to carry Disney+ because Amazon is pushing for the right to sell a percentage of the ad inventory on other Disney apps  —  Disney resists Amazon push for some of the ad revenue from entertainment giant's apps  — Inc. AMZN .07% and Walt Disney Co. DIS -.69% …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsday is selling its free commuter paper, amNewYork, to Schneps Media, as it concentrates on its core Long Island audience  —  Newsday is selling its freebie commuter paper amNewYork, relinquishing its last toehold in the five boroughs as it concentrates on its core Long Island audience.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT says an independent review cleared its journalists of claims of collusion with investors when covering alleged irregularities at the fintech company Wirecard  —  An independent review has exonerated Financial Times reporters of colluding with investors over its reports on alleged irregularities …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Whistle, a digital sports and entertainment startup, to buy Vertical Networks, a content studio founded by Elisabeth Murdoch focused on Snapchat original shows  —  Whistle, a digital sports and entertainment media company, reached a deal to acquire Vertical Networks, a content studio focused …
Discussion: Business Insider, Deadline and The Wrap
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some BBC staff members challenged managers and demanded an apology for Naga Munchetty, citing unclear impartiality rules after a censure reversal of Munchetty
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
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
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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
Discussion: NBC10 Boston
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
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
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