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9:20 AM ET, October 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
CNN contributor and former DHS COS Miles Taylor reveals he is Anonymous, the senior Trump admin official who wrote a NYT column in 2018 and book in 2019  —  Mr. Taylor, whose criticisms of President Trump in a New York Times Op-Ed article and subsequent book roiled Washington and infuriated Mr. Trump …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Internal email: Spotify defends Joe Rogan interviewing Alex Jones, saying it won't “ban specific individuals from being guests on other people's shows”  —  In public, Spotify is staying quiet about an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday on its flagship podcast …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify had total Q3 revenue of €1.97B, up 14% YoY, ARPU of €4.19, down 10% YoY, with 320M MAUs, up 29% YoY, and 144M paying subscribers, up 27% YoY  —  Listening time, revenue increased as use in cars and homes grew  —  Spotify Technology SA moved past a slump that hit early in the pandemic …
Roisin O'Connor / The Independent:
Spotify comes under criticism after Joe Rogan interviewed Alex Jones in a three-hour episode of his podcast on Tuesday; Jones was banned from Spotify in 2018  —  Jones was banned from Spotify, as well as Facebook, Apple and YouTube, in 2018  —  Spotify is under fire after Joe Rogan invited …
BBC issues social media guidelines prohibiting staff from criticizing colleagues, “virtue signaling”, and expressing personal opinions on public policy, more  —  The BBC has issued new guidance on social media usage, which will force staff to maintain impartiality.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Profile of Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust & safety, who sources say led it to a tougher line on speech, including a ban on political ads  —  On a late fall day last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down on a couch on the company's San Francisco roof deck and dug into a problem.
Burl Gilyard / Twin Cities Business:
Star Tribune abruptly shuts City Pages, a 40-year-old alt weekly in Minneapolis, citing the pandemic and without seeking a buyer  —  The alt weekly's key advertisers have been hit hard by pandemic.  —  Minneapolis-based Star Tribune Media Co. announced Wednesday morning that it was abruptly shutting …
New York Times:
In a Senate hearing on Section 230, Republican senators said tech companies were censoring conservative views; Democrats called the hearing a political sham  —  Republican senators accused the leaders of Twitter, Facebook and Google of censorship.  Democrats denounced that as posturing.
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Comcast Q3: NBCU earnings down 38.7% YoY to $1.3B; revenue of $6.7B, down 19% YoY; ~22M Peacock signups; film revenue down 25% YoY to $1.3B, offset by licensing  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp CMCSA.O on Thursday reported better-than-expected third-quarter revenue, as strong sign-ups …
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 79% of US adults say news coverage favors one side and 83% blame the unfair coverage on media outlets, not on individual journalists  —  The November general election is rapidly approaching, with debates raging over how fairly news outlets are covering the candidates and important issues.
Discussion: @pewjournalism
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Many of UK's leading news outlets ran articles saying that department store Woolworths was reopening based on a typo-strewn Twitter account run by a 17-year-old  —  Dozens of news sites ran articles saying chain was back based on a typo-strewn Twitter page  —  The person who duped …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Audible adds 100K free podcasts to its catalog, available through the app for all listeners with or without a subscription  —  It's adding 100,000 podcasts to its catalog  —  Audible is turning into more of a podcast app.  The company announced today that its catalog now contains 100,000 free podcasts …
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS names Bryon Rubin COO of the CBS Entertainment Group; Rubin will also continue as CFO of the division
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
DoubleVerify, which provides ad analytics and fraud detection tools to advertisers and brands, raises $350M
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Reid Nakamura / The Wrap:
Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, will host a current affairs series for Apple TV+ as part of a multiyear deal with Stewart's Busboy Productions