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5:50 PM ET, October 10, 2020


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Sources: Katzenberg pitched Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook about buying Quibi, but so far had no takers; Quibi has between 400K and 500K subscribers now  —  Six months after launching his revolutionary video-streaming service, Quibi, Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking for a buyer.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Twitter announces changes to clamp down on US election misinfo, like blocking retweets of misleading content from candidates and accounts with 100K+ followers  —  Move is latest escalation of anti-misinformation measures in run-up to presidential vote  —  Twitter has announced …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with James Murdoch on why he “pulled the rip cord” by resigning from News Corp board, declining a role at Disney, not watching Succession, and more  —  Increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp's politics and profit motives, Rupert's younger son chose chickens and sheep over Fox …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Five suspended USAGM officials are suing it, CEO Michael Pack, and some senior aides, alleging they're breaking the law by pursuing a Pro-Trump agenda for VOA  —  Five suspended officials at the U.S. Agency for Global Media are suing the agency, its new CEO and several of his most senior aides …
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
New England Journal of Medicine condemns Trump in its first-ever political editorial, following Scientific American's first-ever presidential endorsement  —  Editors at the world's leading medical journal said the Trump administration “took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
The decline of local news outlets has also impacted epidemiologists, who depend on them as an important resource to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks  —  Two years ago, Helen Branswell wrote for STAT that “When Towns Lose Their Newspapers, Disease Detectives are Left Flying Blind.”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT's Caliphate, under internal review, included an odd storytelling sequence and possible exploitation of a Yazidi girl put on the phone with an alleged rapist  —  In Chapter 9 of the 2018 podcast series “Caliphate,” New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi speaks with an Islamic State detainee in an Iraqi prison.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at The Lancet's past editorial decisions, like the infamous study linking vaccines and autism, and the stakes of publishing research during the pandemic  —  Should medical journals enter the political realm?  —  In late May, The Lancet, a leading British medical journal …
Carly Stern / Storyboard Posts:
Q&A with Katie Engelhart, who wrote for California Sunday about a nursing home battling COVID-19, on getting details for an inside view without going on site  —  Katie Engelhart on the reality of nursing homes and the undercovered issue of elder care in America: “We all think we won't end up in a nursing home.”
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Profile of Matt Levine, whose newsletter on Bloomberg, Money Stuff, has ~150K subscribers and mixes deadpan humor with technical explanations  —  Finance journalism isn't known for its writerly voices.  Matt Levine, the author of Money Stuff, is an oddball exception.
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
After a true crime podcast led to an arrest, an Australian judge postpones a murder trial to let the “clamorous” debate provoked by the podcast to die down  —  ➽ In a somewhat surprising development, Spotify started releasing The Michelle Obama Podcast on other platforms last week.
Discussion: @el_silvero, @sruthiri, @vulture and @nwquah
Julian Clover / Broadband TV News:
Digital TV Research: global traditional pay-TV revenue projected to fall to $152B by 2025, from a peak of $202B in 2016  —  About Julian Clover  —  Julian Clover is a Media and Technology journalist based in Cambridge, UK.  He works in online and printed media.  Julian is also a voice on local radio.
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
IMAX will furlough 150 employees starting October 26 for at least two months, mostly affecting employees in the US and Canada
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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Source: Nasdaq-listed Chinese video streaming service Bilibili is gearing up for a secondary listing in Hong Kong next year, which could raise up to $1.5B
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Nielsen: 57.9M people watched the Pence-Harris debate on Wednesday across 18 linear TV channels and on connected TV, the second most-watched VP debate ever
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
ABC News to host a Biden town hall on Oct. 15, originally set for the second debate, after Trump backed out; Biden rejected other dates offered by Trump
ProPublica to launch three regional reporting hubs, in the South, the Southwest, and the Midwest, for which it expects to add nearly 30 new positions