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11:40 PM ET, November 2, 2019


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Deadspin's entire editorial staff has now resigned; G/O Media says the company is recruiting new staff  —  Deadspin is dead, for the time being.  —  The site is now without any editors or writers — after a staff revolt that erupted this week when parent company G/O Media demanded …
Megan Greenwell / @megreenwell:
Former Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell says the site no longer employs a single writer or editor  —  And with that, it's over. Deadspin no longer employs a single writer or editor. I am gutted but so very proud of this group of people. Deadspin was a good website.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Deadspin got a new freelance contributor, Alan Goldsher, on Friday, but then he quickly quit too following backlash to his tweet announcing his new gig  —  By Friday, every editor and writer was gone from Deadspin, but the sports-culture site chugged along, sort of, by posting previously-submitted contributor content.
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Deadspin is the latest site to undergo “The Mavening”, where owners hollow out trusted outlets, a trend that has been particularly deadly for sportswriting  —  Deadspin staffers resigned this week after a dispute with management.  Like so many other publications, the future will bring an undead version of the site.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: G/O Media is in advanced talks to sell satire site ClickHole to game company Cards Against Humanity for less than $1M, amid Deadspin resignations
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Deadspin imploded after a long buildup of resentment between journalists and new bosses, with almost entire staff resigning by Thursday
New York Times:
Trump has integrated Twitter into the very fabric of his administration, and, via more than 11,000 tweets, has reshaped the presidency  —  With a single tweet last fall, Mr. Trump sent his administration into a tailspin.  “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught …
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
The debate over Facebook's political ads policy has been too US-centric and the company hasn't explained how that policy will work in other countries  —  What do Zuckerberg's bromides about American values mean to Facebook users in Kashmir or the Philippines?  —  @juliacarriew Email
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Twitter's ban on political and issue ads will let companies advertise things like fossil fuel-based products but ban ads from activists advocating against them  —  The company's feel-good decision is already a mess.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Wednesday that the company …
Facebook says it will not fact-check ads by UK political parties and candidates running in December election, but will fact-check political groups like Leave.EU  —  Facebook's political ad policy under pressure  —  London and New York (CNN Business)A controversial policy allowing politicians …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An explanation of “data voids” in search, based on a Data & Society report, and how understanding them is vital for journalists especially amid breaking news  —  One day fifteen long years ago, in 2004, some SEO consultants decided to have a contest to determine quién …
Sources: CFIUS has launched a review of ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of, as TikTok didn't seek clearance from CFIUS during the acquisition  —  NEW YORK/BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance …
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Theater chain owners upset at Netflix after talks stalled over short theater run for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which will be weeks shorter than standard  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix and the owners of the major theater chains could have made a lot of money together, if only they had seen eye to eye on the release of “The Irishman.”
Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
Sources: The Chernin Group is exploring the sale of Barstool Sports to a gambling operator  —  The Chernin Group is exploring the sale of Barstool Sports to a gambling operator, two sources have told The Big Lead.  One source said talks were in advanced stages (as always with these things …
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Christian Davies / The Guardian:
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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Dan Primack / Axios:
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Will Thorne / Variety:
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Financial Times:
Sources: Thomson Reuters has rebuffed takeover interest in its news wire from several suitors like Axel Springer and ITN boss Mark Wood