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5:35 PM ET, October 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News pulled a corespondent from the White House press pool as safety concerns rose over COVID-19 at the White House; Politico sent a reporter instead  —  She said she had “obvious concerns about working indoors during an outbreak.”  The White House Correspondents' Association pushed for more information on known infections.
Kali Hays / WWD:
California Sunday, owned by Pop-Up Magazine Productions, is ceasing publication, laying off about a dozen; union leaders are seeking a meeting to talk severance  —  Investor Emerson Collective is said to be pulling it's backing of the operation and its direct affiliate, Pop-Up magazine.
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Today has been boosted in the US by a traffic-swapping network dominated by conservative media sites like The Daily Caller and National Review  —  The Kremlin-backed outlet has been boosted by a news aggregator dominated by conservative media sites  —  On any given day over the past two years …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
With its Monday “town hall” featuring undecided voters in Miami, a Democratic-leaning county, NBC gave Biden a nationally televised, hourlong infomercial  —  NBC's Monday night event with the Democratic nominee was a town hall in name only.  —  Biden did his best to explain …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A group of tech companies, publishers, and advocates unveil Global Privacy Standard, to let users opt out of the sale of personal data at the browser level  —  California's privacy law says businesses must respect universal opt-outs.  Now the technology finally exists to put that to the test.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Survey: TikTok has surpassed Instagram as the second most popular social app for US teens, with 34% choosing Snapchat, 29% TikTok, and 25% Instagram  —  - TikTok has surpassed Instagram as teenagers' second favorite social media app, according to a report published on Tuesday.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
A fake website and a now removed Facebook page called the Globe Independent used plagiarized content from WaPo, NBC, others to post content critical of China  —  In early August, the Globe Independent launched a website filled with news stories plagiarized from NBC News, the Washington Post, and other outlets.
Mary Snapp / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft VP Mary Snapp details how the company is supporting journalism, including pilot projects that fund local newsrooms and offer pro bono legal help  —  Growing up in Newton, Kansas our local newspaper, The Kansan, was the lifeblood of our community.  At 3:30 p.m. every afternoon …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Howard Stern is nearing a contract renewal with Sirius XM that would boost his pay to about $120M a year, from $80M to $100M now  —  Howard Stern, the radio shock jock who's maintained his star power in the podcasting era, is nearing a contract renewal with Sirius XM Holdings Inc …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quartz has been put up for sale by Japan's Uzabase, which expects to sell the site at a significant discount from the $86M it paid for it in 2018  —  Japan's Uzabase expects to sell the business news site for far less than the $110 million it paid in 2018
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Tyler Dawson / National Post:
Staff email: Canada's CBC is cutting 58 positions in its news, current affairs, and local news divisions, with most dealt with by retirement and attrition
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google says it is near a deal to pay French publishers for news snippets, with the deal including a French publishers' group participating in News Showcase
Discussion: France 24
How a Citigroup tech executive's news site, with an estimated 10M visitors/month, helped QAnon go mainstream with widespread political implications
Matthew Moore / The Times:
Sources: British satirical show Spitting Image is not being screened in the US after NBC backed out at the last moment for fear of offending powerful people
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Ads introduces an Insights page, automated Performance Max campaigns, and will bring Video Action out of beta to all advertisers in the coming weeks
 Earlier Picks: 
Andrew J. Campa / Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds of protesters blocked streets near LA Times HQ on Tuesday evening, over an article it published on Monday about a weekend protest by Armenian Americans
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Keith Olbermann announces he's leaving ESPN once again to launch a political commentary series on YouTube, starting Wednesday at 5pm ET
Democrats on US House committee urge changes to antitrust law, including letting news publishers team up to negotiate vs. tech platforms who want their content
NBC News:
Facebook says it will ban QAnon across its platforms, removing all “Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts” that represent QAnon
Tim Balk / New York Daily News:
Twitter says it locked Trump's account Monday evening after the account tweeted the email address of a NY Post columnist
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
The New Yorker Union says it has reached an agreement with Condé Nast to include a just cause clause in contracts, shortly before a picket had been planned