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4:00 AM ET, October 11, 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Robert Gearty / Fox News:
Two Daily Caller reporters say they were beaten with nightsticks by police as they reported on an anti-police protest Thursday night in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin  —  ‘It was excessive force for sure,’ Shelby Talcott said  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 9
Yvonne Leow / RJI Stories:
The mixed results from the surge in local news grants indicate that funders and founders need a clearer funding pipeline, perhaps mirroring VC tech funding  —  Tech and philanthropic institutions are giving thousands of $5,000 to $250,000 grants to individual newsrooms, but... then what?
Discussion: ProPublica
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 …
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.
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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
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News has filed an emergency motion in DC's district court to declassify the Mueller investigation report, after Trump ordered the same in a tweet
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Disney's latest Pixar movie Soul will have its US debut on Disney+ on Dec. 25 at no extra cost to subscribers, after an initial June theater release was delayed
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