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10:50 AM ET, October 26, 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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Todd Spangler / Variety:
At an event with News Corp's Robert Thomson, Mark Zuckerberg says every internet platform has a responsibility to fund and form partnerships for news  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — aiming to counter skeptics who believe the social network is a chief culprit in promulgating a flood of misinformation …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook takes a step forward by putting money behind high-quality journalism, but must not leave small publishers behind or promote purveyors of disinformation  —  Ronald Reagan called these the nine most terrifying words in the English language: “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Zuckerberg cited a need for diversity of views when asked about Breitbart's presence in Facebook News, but also said News is only for high-quality, curated news
ProPublica:
Sources: John Solomon, now at Fox, worked closely with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, sharing files and letting him watch an interview with Ukraine source  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal says it would release ex-NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from NDAs, in a statement read by Maddow before Farrow interview  —  NBCUniversal said Friday night it would release former NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from confidentiality …
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.
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 …
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 …
Quinta Jurecic / Lawfare:
Conservative site RedState's decision to publish an explicit photograph of Democratic Rep. Katie Hill has crossed an ugly line into nonconsensual pornography  —  Amid the hubbub of L'Affaire Ukrainienne, you could be forgiven for overlooking another story that has emerged out of Congress over the past week.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune is exploring a sale; the site, which helps athletes connect directly with fans, has raised a total of $60M  —  The Players' Tribune, a website started by baseball star Derek Jeter, is exploring a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
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Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
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