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7:20 AM ET, October 30, 2019


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
HBO Max to launch in May and cost $15 a month, same as the existing HBO; AT&T plans to bundle free subscriptions for some customers of its other services  —  HBOMax, WarnerMedia's new streaming service, will feature all of HBO's shows, like Game of Thrones, plus new programing.  HBO
Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
Deadspin's interim editor-in-chief, Barry Petchesky, who has worked for the publication for 10 years, says he has been fired for “not sticking to sports”  —  It was a solid bet when The Daily Beast reported that G/O Media management issued an edict to Deadspin to stick to sports …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
G/O Media Editorial Director Paul Maidment calls Deadspin's focus an “incredibly broad mandate”: “We are sorry that some on the Deadspin staff don't agree”
Kelsey Mckinney / @mckinneykelsey:
Deadspin writer says G/O Media management removed a letter to the readers from Deadspin staff that criticised the recent addition of autoplay videos to the site
Will Cathcart / Washington Post:
WhatsApp sues NSO Group after investigating an attack that sent malware to 1,400 devices, targeting 100+ journalists and human rights defenders  —  Will Cathcart is head of WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook.  —  In May, WhatsApp announced that we had detected and blocked a new kind …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sony says it will shut down its PlayStation Vue live TV subscription service on January 30  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  This is breaking news, the story will be updated.  —  After much speculation …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: over 250 Facebook employees have signed a letter visible on an internal forum that says letting politicians lie in ads is “a threat” to the company  —  In an open letter, the social network's employees said letting politicians post false claims in ads was “a threat” to the company.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index: Somalia, Syria, Iraq have the worst records for prosecuting murderers of journalists; Philippines, Mexico top unsolved cases  —  CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free
John Sands / Knight Foundation:
Hadas Gold / CNN:
A look at how Murdoch's Sun reflects and shapes readers' opinions with Scottish, Irish, and English editions taking different stances on issues like Brexit  —  London (CNN)On September 5, as the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brawled in Parliament …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: NBC News Digital is expanding its staff by 20% over the next year, amounting to ~70 new jobs, and shutting down its digital video studio NBC Left Field  —  NBC News Digital is expanding its staff by 20% over the next year, an addition of roughly 70 jobs across multiple departments …
Discussion: @oliverdarcy, @sarafischer and Variety
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