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3:05 PM ET, October 27, 2020


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Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Lincoln Project signed with UTA to develop Lincoln Media and sources say it's weighing offers from studios, podcast networks, a path akin to Crooked Media's  —  The Lincoln Project is looking to beef up its media business after the election, sources tell Axios.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
USAGM CEO eliminates firewall protecting VOA and affiliated newsrooms from political interference in its journalism, claiming “harm” to “US national interest”  —  A regulatory “firewall” intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference …
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake Tribune to move to a weekly print edition at the end of 2020 as its decade-long print, delivery, and ad partnership with the Deseret News expires  —  In a historic change, The Salt Lake Tribune will stop printing and delivering a daily edition at year's end and switch to a weekly printed newspaper delivered by mail.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
T-Mobile will debut live TV streaming service TVision on Nov. 1, with TVision Vibe available for $10/mo. and more expensive TVision Live tiers with sports, news  —  Including a new $10-per-month option  —  After years of anticipation, T-Mobile is finally getting into the live TV business …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Senate report says local journalism crisis is partly due to Facebook and Google's alleged anticompetitive behavior, like AMP, which should be policed by the FTC  —  Senate Democrats consider forcing tech giants to pay local news organizations for content  —  Some Senate Democrats are seeking …
Noam Cohen / Wired:
Wikipedia to protect its main 2020 election page with expanded measures, like stopping new editors from making edits, that it has used to stop COVID-19 misinfo  —  The encyclopedia is determined to emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election with its information and reputation intact.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix is testing an audio-only mode with some Android users, to compete with podcasts and audiobooks, based on code in the latest version of its Android app  —  Netflix is testing a new audio-only mode with a subset of its Android users, according to code snippets found in the latest version of its Android app.
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
RIAA, Recording Academy, and several other major US music organizations sign letter to Twitch accusing it of not having proper licenses for its Soundtrack tool  —  The letter is addressed to Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos, with Twitch CEO Emmet Shear on copy (a full list of signatories appears below).
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok partners with Shopify, letting merchants create TikTok ad campaigns and In-Feed video ads from the Shopify dashboard  —  TikTok is further investing in social commerce with today's announcement of a new global partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify.
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Analysis of 30 news articles on the last presidential debate's climate policy exchange shows 25 used Trump's pro-oil framing while 5 hit on the cost of inaction  —  HEATED analyzed 30 news articles about Biden's climate policy, and found that 25 adopted Trump's preferred framing.  —  1 hr
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
EIC of Courier Newsroom says Facebook has penalized it for being open about its funding, while right-wing news sites with opaque funding don't face restrictions  —  When the world's largest social media platform unveiled its new Facebook News last year, the company emphasized …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
A look at VC firm a16z's media and podcast offerings, led by ex-Wired editor Sonal Chokshi, which feature an array of voices across 500+ episodes  —  Andreessen-Horowitz firm has developed a sophisticated podcast system.  Its mission: becoming the go-to place to understand the future.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
60 Minutes used Lesley Stahl's in-conversation responses, narration, and clips of Trump from rallies to fact check his comments in the interview aired on Sunday  —  Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is ‘60 Minutes.’ And we can't put on things we can't verify."
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: BuzzFeed is on target to break even this year for the first time since 2014, with significantly less revenue than 2019 offset by $30M in cost cuts
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News confirms “a few positive” exposures to COVID-19, after report says its president and some top anchors were advised to quarantine due to exposure