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4:40 PM ET, September 27, 2016

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NPR:
NPR annotates full transcript of first presidential debate with fact-checks, analysis, and context  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head to head Monday night in the first presidential debate.  —  NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security …
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Alex Weprin / Politico:
Nielsen: presidential debate drew a total of nearly 81M viewers, not including PBS, C-SPAN, or streaming  —  The first general election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump averaged nearly 81 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen, making it the most watched presidential debate in modern history.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lester Holt's reticence as moderator during presidential debate gets mixed reviews  —  Call him the minimalist moderator.  —  Facing “knees buckling” scrutiny — his words — ahead of Monday evening's presidential debate, Lester Holt of NBC, with the nation's eyes (and the internet's critics) upon him, opted to lie low.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Presidential debates conversation share: Trump led on Twitter with 62% over Clinton's 38%, and also on Facebook with 79% over Clinton's 21%  —  Monday night's Trump-Clinton match-up was the “most tweeted debate ever.”  —  That's according to Twitter, which crunched the numbers immediately following the debate.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How 20 NPR journalists annotated an embeddable debate transcript as an experiment in real-time fact checking, delivering NPR.org a record 7.4M pageviews  —  As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were preparing to debate one another Monday night, NPR reporters and editors flexed their fingers and got to work.
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Monmouth University poll: 60% of Americans want moderators to fact-check the debate; 31% say moderators should leave fact-checking to the candidates
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google debuts data-friendly YouTube Go app for Android in India, with offline viewing, Bluetooth sharing, better video previews and resolution settings, more  —  Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets.  —  ‘YouTube Go’ is initially available in India and Android only.
Antonio José Vielma / CNBC:
Sources: Twitter sale could happen in the next 30 to 45 days  —  Twitter, which is said to be entertaining buyout bids, may also have Microsoft as a potential suitor, a source told CNBC on Monday.  —  CNBC's David Faber reported on “Closing Bell” that the social media giant is moving closer …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney considering a bid for Twitter; Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, AT&T are all uninterested in buying the site
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts Daily Mix playlists, which are based on your favorite tunes and play artists familiar to you, unlike Discover Weekly, coming to iOS, Android  —  Are you a Spotify user who has a list of favorite bands and songs, but do not have the motivation to find and organize all of them into useful playlists?
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
80% of France's top 40 publishers, such as Le Monde and Le Figaro, have taken measures to combat ad-blocking, including partially obscuring content  —  In France, publishers are taking to the barricades to fight ad blocking.  —  After what publishers believe to be a successful trial …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC's plan to open the cable set-top box market may hinge on Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic commissioner who believes the plan gives the FCC outsize power  —  WASHINGTON — When the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan this year that would free people from having to rent cable set-top boxes …
Reuters:
Omani court orders permanent closure of Azamn, a privately owned newspaper that had reported on corruption in the judiciary, and jails three of its journalists  —  A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary …
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Business Insider begins testing metered paywall with a small group of readers, will now force readers using ad blockers to whitelist site or pay subscription  —  Business Insider, according to co-founder and CEO Henry Blodget, has long harbored ambitions to create a dual-revenue business model …
Discussion: @ljkawa, @joelcifer and @themehulpatel
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg Pursuits hires Troy Patterson, formerly a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, as its new style editor  —  Earlier this year, Troy Patterson wrote about “The Politics of the Hoodie” for The New York Times Magazine.  And in 2015, in the pages of Slate …
Discussion: @emmarosenblum and @leahfayec
 
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