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5:00 AM ET, October 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein, Harvey's brother, accused of sexual harassment and joking he could fire showrunner for a Spike TV series if she kept refusing dinner invitations  —  A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Company board during Tuesday meeting, still holds 22% of company stock  —  Harvey Weinstein resigned Tuesday from the Weinstein Co. board of directors, as the company continues to try to distance itself from the disgraced mogul.
Ex-Variety staffers call former editor-in-chief Peter Bart one of Harvey Weinstein's greatest protectors, a charge Bart denies  —  In the 1990s, Peter Bart turned Variety into one of the most powerful institutions in Hollywood.  In doing so, he helped turn Harvey Weinstein into another.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim  —  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was suspended by the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN.
New York Times:
Politifact and Snopes, using Google AdSense, unwittingly hosted ads by fake news publishers; source says AdSense has terminated the ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The headlines are eye-catching.  Melania Trump is leaving the White House!  Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines!
Discussion: DoubleClick and The Hill
Binoy Prabhakar / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The Print, a digital outlet covering Indian politics, founded by former Indian Express CEO and editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta  —  Shekhar Gupta said he named his new venture The Print to signal to readers that its standards would be high: “We feel there is a belief that once you go digital, the bar is lowered.”
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’  —  George Saunders's surreal, experimental first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the second year in a row that the prize has gone to an American author.
Discussion: BBC, and NPR
New York Times:
Some say China's increasingly tight control of online content is vindicated as US probes foreign digital influence amid its election  —  HULUNBUIR, China — In the United States, some of the world's most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.
The Guardian:
Son of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia accuses the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and others of being “complicit” in her murder  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed because she ‘stood between rule of law and those who sought to violate it’, says son Matthew
Press Gazette:   Mexican broadcast journalist Cecilia Mendez shot dead on her way home from work, on the same day Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed
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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Industry gatekeepers like Harvey Weinstein and The New York Times have less power thanks to proliferation of online entertainment and news sources
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