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4:10 PM ET, October 30, 2019

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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: following public criticism of autoplay ads from G/O Media's editorial team, Farmers Insurance Group has pulled an ad deal, reportedly worth $1M+  —  The ads were axed after G/O Media staffers at Deadspin and other sites spoke out against irritating autoplay ads …
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”
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
New York Times:
NBC News Digital employees say they are forming a union of 150 workers with the News Guild of New York, driven partly by the network's handling of misconduct  —  Employees of NBC's digital news division announced on Wednesday that they intend to form a union representing about 150 workers …
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
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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Travis Clark / Business Insider:
Apple TV+ will be the cheapest streaming platform at $4.99/month at launch, but it's a tough sell with just four shows now and no licensed content library  —  - Apple TV Plus launches on Friday for $4.99 a month with only four original shows and no library of licensed content.
Discussion: @nmcalone and @travclark2
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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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox has repeatedly failed to credit CNN scoops critical of Democrats because credit would undercut Fox opinion hosts' claims about CNN's credibility and bias  —  Sixth in a series on the relationship between Fox News and the mainstream media.  (Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.  Part 5.)
Discussion: @mdornic
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 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook says it won't remove Pages promoting Daily Wire content because they're “run by real people”, but at least two are owned by Daily Wire's parent company  —  This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter.  You can get independent accountability journalism in your inbox every week.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC tells employment tribunal that its rolling news channel is too niche to warrant Samira Ahmed receiving equal pay to presenters of high-profile shows  —  Broadcaster has been speaking at an employment tribunal over claims of unequal pay  —  Jeremy Vine was “gifted” …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
French digital media company Brut., which makes “socially conscious” news and entertainment videos for young people, raises $40M Series B and launches in the US  —  The Paris-based firm says its “socially conscious” videos can replicate what Netflix has done for entertainment and Spotify for music.
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Information:
Sources: Walmart is considering selling Vudu, its 15-year-old on-demand video service that lets people rent or buy individual shows or movies  —  Walmart is considering selling its 15-year old Vudu on-demand video service, say people familiar with the situation, a sign of how the digital video business …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
 
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
WarnerMedia extends its carriage deal with the UK's Sky, keeping HBO programs in the European markets, and extends production partnership that yielded Chernobyl
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
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
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
James Bennet may be a candidate for NYT EIC; he has wrestled with family allegiances, like to brother Michael, but has recused himself from coverage in the past
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sony says it will shut down its PlayStation Vue live TV subscription service on January 30
John Sands / Knight Foundation:
Local news survey: 45% of Americans trust it “quite a lot” or more; 53% of Americans view it as balanced though 50% of Democrats trust it vs. 27% of Republicans
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