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12:45 PM ET, September 30, 2016

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USA Today:
For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today's editorial board takes a stance on presidential race, saying Trump is unfit for the presidency  —  The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.  We're doing it now.  —  In the 34-year history of USA TODAY …
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Bryan West / KPNX:
Arizona Republic says it has gotten death threats and canceled subs over its endorsement of Clinton, the first time it's ever supported a Dem for president
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Fortune, Time, and CNBC defend their informal unscientific online polls shared after the presidential debate  —  Donald Trump continues to mislead people about political polling, forcing several news outlets to reconsider whether they should post “who won?” online surveys after presidential debates.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Washington Post establishes newsroom-wide initiative to shorten copy; stories to be under 1,500 words for digital, or 50 inches for print  —  In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time:
Periscope / Medium:
Periscope.tv site revamped to add curated channels for breaking news, common hashtags like #music, and planned events  —  On Periscope, live video brings instant content from around the world.  From breaking news and protests to sports and politics, our community shares their perspectives and brings the world along with them.
Discussion: CNET, Engadget, LostRemote and SocialTimes
Billboard:
Music app Shazam announces 1B downloads, turns an operating profit as more brands use its audio and visual identification software  —  A business model shift to advertising has helped music discovery company Shazam turn a profit.  The London-based firm on Thursday announced that revenue …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
The CW TV Network releases new Apple TV app that eliminates cable subscription login, but limits content to only five episodes from most recent season of shows  —  As promised last week, The CW network today released a new Apple TV app that allows all fourth-generation Apple TV owners to watch …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Six Colors
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:NEW!
Newsweek suspects that hackers are to blame for “massive DDoS attack” Thursday night, after it published an article about Trump's business dealings in Cuba  —  Newsweek suspects that hackers are to blame for the crash of its website on Thursday night, after it published an article …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Joel Ericsen / Pew Research Center:
Pew study: 35% of conservative Repubs think the most negative thing about the press is its bias; 25% of liberal Dems single out poor choices in news coverage  —  Americans are divided in what they consider the most positive and negative attribute of the news media, and much of that divide …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC delays a vote on its plan to open the TV set-top box market after objections by cable industry and disagreements on details among commissioners  —  You'll have to wait longer for free TV apps that replace rented set-top boxes.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has delayed a vote …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO comes to PlayStation, either through HBO Now app or as part of PlayStation Vue TV service, in a top-tier bundle or $15/month add-on  —  HBO is coming to Sony's PlayStation, and consumers will have more than one way to pay for the network: An app for HBO's standalone subscription service HBO …
 
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Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
News publisher Circa announces Circa 360, a new project that will produce two weekly ad-supported VR pieces with production company MomentumXR
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify-SoundCloud deal makes sense because it would build Spotify's user base and give SoundCloud investors a return, but sources say deal might not happen
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Time Inc. is launching two contributor networks: Springboard, for events, and Time Inc. Connect, using influencers to create content for editors and advertisers
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
INMA survey of 37 news executives from Europe and the US finds that Facebook accounts for about 30% of total visits to their websites on average
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Legendary Digital Networks unveils Alpha subscription VOD service with Nerdist and Geek & Sundry programming, coming Nov. 3 for $4.99/month