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11:55 AM ET, October 30, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Financial Times:
Sources: the Barclays are considering selling the Telegraph Media Group, bought in 2004 for £665M, but have rebuffed an approach by the owner of the Daily Mail  —  The billionaire Barclay brothers, who own The Ritz hotel in London and Britain's Telegraph newspaper …
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 …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Somalia tops CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index for the fifth year in a row; since 2008, 318 journalists have been murdered with no prosecution in 86% of cases  —  CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify launches its Kids app in beta in Ireland for its Premium Family plan subscribers; it includes 6K songs, with some licensed from Disney and Nickelodeon  —  Spotify is trying to sell more multi-account family-plan subscriptions — by setting up a special “playground of sound” just for kids.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Student subscribers to Apple Music, which costs $4.99 per month, will get Apple TV+ at no extra charge  —  In a surprise announcement, Apple has announced its first bundle deal for Apple TV+.  For subscribers to Apple Music on the student plan, $4.99 per month, Apple will giveaway Apple TV+ at no additional charge.
 
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
MX Player, a streaming and offline video app popular in India, raises ~$111M Series A led by Tencent; source: MX Player has a post-money valuation of $500M
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
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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