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12:40 AM ET, October 23, 2019

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The author of an anonymous 2018 NYT column identified as a senior Trump admin official has written a book, titled A WARNING, to be published in November  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports it added 7M DAUs in Q3 to hit 210M, up 13% YoY, revenue of $446M, up 50% YoY, and a net loss of $227M, down from $325M a year ago  —  The Snap-back continues.  Snapchat blew past earnings expectations for a big beat in Q3, as it added 7 million daily active users this quarter to hit 210 million, up 13% year-over-year.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Medium says it will now pay its Partner Program writers based “primarily” on reading time, not claps; the platform has paid $6M+ to 30,000+ writers since 2017  —  Medium is announcing significant changes to its Partner Program, where subscribers pay for access to exclusive content, and the revenue gets split with writers.
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Financial Times launches business consultancy FT Strategies, providing expertise gained from its transformation to digital; customers include Bonnier  —  Business broadsheet The Financial Times is offering up its inhouse experts to business inspired by its modern media evolution.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Talking Biz News
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Rob Goldman, Facebook VP of advertising, says he's leaving the company after more than seven years  —  - Facebook Vice President of Ads Rob Goldman announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he's leaving the company.  — Goldman became embroiled in controversy in early 2018, when he tweeted about the Mueller investigation's findings.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
US House approves a copyright bill that would create a type of small claims court where copyright holders who were infringed can seek damages up to $30,000  —  And that's copyright, baby!  —  On Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to approve a measure that would shake …
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Vox Media's Polygon will produce a seven-minute gaming and culture news show for Quibi's Daily Essential lineup  —  Quibi has added a gaming and culture news show to their growing lineup of news programs, which will be produced by Polygon, Vox Media's gaming and culture site, the company announced on Tuesday.
Discussion: MediaPost and @whatthebit
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Disney's Bob Iger defends the $66M in compensation he received in 2018, saying the amount included a one-time stock grant and reflected Disney-Fox merger work  —  The conversation on Tuesday between Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones and Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and filmmaker Jon Favreau …
Discussion: Fast Company and @deadline
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: despite Catch and Kill controversy, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract “in recent months” and is expected to succeed Andy Lack  —  Instead of breaking the big story, NBC News has become the big story.  The network's top brass, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack …
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Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
Writer Sil Lai Abrams says NBC News killed her story in 2018 alleging rape against Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway, similar to Farrow's reporting on Weinstein
 
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Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
Memo: McClatchy cuts 30 staff; CEO says no reporting jobs will be impacted but some editing and management will be done regionally rather than in local markets
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee writes open letter to Nick Clegg asking why Facebook has dropped its ban on deceptive political ads
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon is giving away Disney+ for free for one year to all of its wireless customers on unlimited-data plans and to FiOS and 5G home internet customers
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
New York state lawmakers have proposed a requirement that any cable company operating in the state offer an independently produced local news channel
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Allegra Hobbs / The Guardian:
Journalism and influencer culture is converging: just as influencers use their image to advertise, writers leverage social media presence to sell their work
Wall Street Journal:
Online influencers are expected to make $4.1B-$8.2B in 2019, but with no good way to measure sales, some advertisers are questioning whether it's worth it
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
A network of ~40 websites branded as Michigan local news has launched with neutral names like Lansing Sun but posting info with a right-leaning political tilt
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN hires former GOP congressman Sean Duffy as a paid contributor, who immediately floats CNN-debunked conspiracy theory pushed by the White House on first day