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8:50 PM ET, October 24, 2019

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Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
In what she assumed was an off-the-record call, Kellyanne Conway mocked and threatened a Washington Examiner reporter for mentioning Conway's husband in a story  —  Top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, describing herself as “a powerful woman,” aggressively and disparagingly told a female reporter …
Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
The White House has canceled its print subscriptions to NYT and Washington Post and plans to instruct federal agencies to cancel their subscriptions  —  Donald Trump's pettiness knows no limit.  It was proven yet again Tuesday, when the White House cancelled its subscriptions to the New York Times …
Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
The Houston Astros fire executive Brandon Taubman and apologize to a Sports Illustrated reporter after probe of comments Taubman yelled toward female reporters  —  WASHINGTON — The Astros fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday afternoon and issued an apology …
Tommy Shane / First Draft:
First Draft to offer free training and tech support to help US newsrooms discover, verify, and investigate online content in preparation for the 2020 election  —  Craig Newmark Philanthropies joins Google News Initiative in supporting organization's mission to reach every journalist in every state
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Facebook to pay some news partners as much as $3M a year for appearing in its news tab, to be available as a test Friday for a couple hundred thousand US users  —  Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building …
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Facebook to unveil news tab at an event Friday with News Corp's Robert Thomson; sources: direct payments to 200 publishers will go up to millions of dollars
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's Jeff Zucker says he wants to hire former Fox anchor Shepard Smith and defends the practice of hiring pro-Trump contributors to speak for the president  —  “When he's available, he is somebody who is very talented and I would be very open to talking to him," the network president said.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter misses Q3 estimates with revenue of $823.7M, up 9% YoY; ad revenue of $702M, up 8% YoY; 145M monetizable DAUs, up 17% YoY  —  Twitter today reported its earnings for the quarter that ended September 30, and the numbers delivered a big surprise, falling on both sales and earnings per share.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom report: BBC should include more links to rivals and its journalists should call out lies more, says small number of politicized viewers erode trust in BBC  —  Report finds broadcaster must do more to prove value to viewers more familiar with Netflix  —  The BBC is at risk of losing …
Paris Martineau / Wired:
New report says the proliferation of right-wing content on YouTube is driven by both supply and demand rather than the platform's recommendation algorithm  —  In a new report, Penn State political scientists say that it's not the recommendation engine, but the communities that form around right-wing content.
 
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
NewStart, an “ownership initiative” launched in September at WV University's Reed College of Media, says it wants to match local newsrooms with potential owners
Allen G. Breed / Associated Press:
Former AP reporter Kathryn Johnson, whose coverage of the civil rights movement and other major stories like My Lai led to notable scoops, has died at 93
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Peter Rubin / Wired:
A behind-the-scenes look at Ron Moore's For All Mankind, launching on Apple TV+ on November 1, for which Moore pitched Apple a detailed map of seven seasons
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NYT, and FT say they will not serve as media partners at Saudi Arabia's Future of Investment Initiative event this year
BBC:
BBC News launches dark web mirror of its international site, accessible via Tor, as it seeks to thwart censorship from states such as China, Iran, and Vietnam