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1:10 PM ET, October 25, 2019

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Facebook:
Facebook begins testing Facebook News with a subset of people in the US across four categories of select publishers: general, topical, diverse, and local news  —  Testing a dedicated place for news in the US  —  Journalism plays a critical role in our democracy.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Facebook is paying some major publishers millions of dollars per year while excluding smaller local ones, who are struggling and worried about being left behind  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook has a message for the skeptical news industry: We're here to help.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources say Facebook will pay some news partners up to $3M a year for appearing in its news tab, coming today to a couple hundred thousand US users
Reuters:
AT&T says HBO Max will be available free to the 10M AT&T customers who are also US HBO subscribers; sources: AT&T to launch cheaper ad-supported tier in 2021  —  (Reuters) - In the bestselling novel “Circe” — optioned by WarnerMedia for its forthcoming HBO Max streaming service …
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 …
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
Pew: 22% of US newsroom employees live in NYC, LA, or DC; NYC has 12% of all newsroom employees; 41% of people working for digital outlets are in the Northeast  —  New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are the financial, entertainment and political capitals of the United States …
Max Willens / Digiday:
With its SmartView First program, news aggregator SmartNews is offering 30 US publishers tiered revenue payouts based on their monthly page views in the app  —  There's a novel idea being embraced by platforms hungry for publisher content: Pay them.  —  SmartNews, a news aggregation app started …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
News industry columnist Ken Doctor says he's working on Lookout, a platform for local news, set to launch in 2020 with funding from Google and Knight Foundation  —  Over the past decade here at Nieman Lab, I've reported a lot of news industry news.  Today, I'm sharing some of my own.
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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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify is testing an ad format that will let artists pay to target fans through its full-screen recommendation feature; the ads will run on Free and Premium  —  Spotify recently added a feature that will occasionally pop up a full-screen recommendation of a new album the service thinks you'll like …
The Information:
Sources: Sony has hired bankers to explore a sale of its Playstation Vue service, which would include the company's tech and a subscriber list of around 500K  —  Sony Corp. is exploring the sale of its Playstation Vue service, which offers a slimmed-down version of cable TV delivered over the internet …
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
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
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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
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
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