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5:35 PM ET, October 7, 2020

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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
Bloomberg:
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
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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
Axios:
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