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4:05 PM ET, October 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News to host a Trump town hall, moderated by Savannah Guthrie, on Thursday evening, at the same time ABC News is broadcasting a similar event with Biden  —  The dueling town halls were set in motion last week after Trump's presidential campaign refused to take part in the second …
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook limits the distribution of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Hunter Biden, pending fact-check, while Twitter blocks sharing  —  Facebook and Twitter said they will be limiting the distribution of or blocking a New York Post story making unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of 1,406 journalists during COVID-19: 11% experienced censorship, 61% felt increased commitment to work, 70% affected by at least one austerity measure  —  A survey reveals the hardships of covering a life-or-death story—and what challenges will linger
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Insider Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in newsletter startup Morning Brew, in a deal that values the company at $75M+  —  Startup Morning Brew has popular email newsletter on business and finance  —  Business Insider parent Insider Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire …
Jack Mirkinson / Discourse Blog:
Discourse Blog leaves Substack to start its own independent website, following an announcement in September  —  Welcome to the all-new Discourse Blog.  —  Welcome to Discourse Blog.  Again.  —  We've made something of a habit of introducing and reintroducing ourselves, and now …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says Anchor creators in the US, UK, NZ, Canada, Australia, and Ireland can now add entire music tracks to their podcasts, as opposed to a brief sample  —  Listeners can save the songs for later, too  —  Spotify is tying podcasts and music close together.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Bloomberg Media made $30M+ last year from its New Economy Forum, which makes up for more than half of the company's total live events business  —  Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, going virtual this year for the first time, is on track to challenge the likes of the World Economic Forum, The Aspen Ideas Festival and others.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
The Daily Beast:
Current and former Fox News staffers say its new Election Integrity Project is designed to reinforce and amplify Trump's erroneous accusations about voter fraud  —  ‘PROMOTING DOUBT’ … A seemingly innocuous project to chronicle “election irregularities” feels like “an attempt to push …
Discussion: @thelloydgrove and The Week
David Sivak / Washington Examiner:
Washington Examiner hires Greg Wilson as its managing editor; Wilson was previously the managing editor at  —  WASHINGTON — The Washington Examiner is delighted to welcome Greg Wilson as its new managing editor.  —  Greg will oversee all of the Washington Examiner's newsroom …
Hollywood Reporter:
Top Bollywood filmmakers and industry unions file a lawsuit against two TV news channels spreading allegations following the suspected suicide of an actor  —  Stars including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have come together in a lawsuit against two news channels …
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter says it will remove posts that deny the Holocaust for violating hateful speech policies, following Facebook's similar decision
Discussion: CNET, more at Techmeme »
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media says it had pre-tax loss of £47.7M in 2019 on revenue of £145.9M, of which £52.2M came from newspaper sales and £72.5M from advertising
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
How Dan Baum, a reporter who died last week, helped birth Media Twitter in 2009 by describing his experience working at New Yorker in a series of tweets
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Ashley Spinks / @ashleyinfloyd:
[Thread] A reporter who ran a one-person weekly newsroom in Virginia says she was fired for giving an interview about owner Lee Enterprises' job cuts
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ has sued a former adviser of Melania Trump, claiming she breached an NDA by publishing a scathing book; one expert called the suit an abuse of DOJ resources
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Bon Appétit relaunches its YouTube channel with a diverse slate of new chefs after several hosts quit over allegations of racial inequity
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo's new election modeling tool will help determine where votes remain uncounted and if election is too close to call, as outlets move away from calling races

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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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