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10:55 AM ET, September 21, 2017

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Sheryl Sandberg / Facebook:
Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly  —  Last week we temporarily disabled some of our ads tools following news reports that slurs or other offensive language could be used as targeting criteria for advertising.
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Will Oremus / Slate:
Blaming algorithms obscures the true source of Facebook's ad problem: the structure of the company's ad business and the decision-making of those who run it  —  Facebook's ad network lent itself to abuse by Russian hackers and racists.  The problem has nothing to do with algorithms.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
RIAA: 30M+ pay for streaming, which now accounts for 62% of US music biz; streaming revenue up 48% in first half of 2017 to $2.5B, digital downloads down 24%  —  Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Twitter will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election next Wednesday  —  TWITTER HAS CONFIRMED it will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Philadelphia's The Lenfest Institute announces $1M in grants for 17 local and national small-scale projects and $1M for its Philadelphia Media Network  —  The Philadelphia Media Network is getting $1 million.  Twelve organizations and five entrepreneurs-in-residence will be getting another …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Tencent announces suite of ad options for WeChat designed for Western brands and ad agencies, has tentative plans for self-serve ads within six months  —  Chinese tourists spent $35 billion dollars in the US in 2016.  WeChat parent company Tencent rolled out a suite of advertising tools …
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SecureDrop:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces $2,500 bug bounty program for SecureDrop, the open-source whistleblowing tool  —  Created date  —  The SecureDrop engineering team welcomes the contributions of security researchers.  SecureDrop is relied on by sources to talk with journalists …
The Guardian:
Indian reporter Shantanu Bhowmick beaten to death covering civil unrest in country's north-east region, two weeks after murder of editor Gauri Lankesh  —  Shantanu Bhowmick attacked with sticks outside Agartala two weeks after high-profile murder of another journalist
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5M Series B, bringing its total funding to $32M, to expand further into international markets  —  Podcast platform Acast, based in Stockholm, has raised $19.5 million in a Series B round from Swedbank Robur's Ny Teknik and Microcap funds to continue its internationalisation.
 
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Michael T. Kaufman / New York Times:
Lillian Ross, who had a six-decade reporting career at The New Yorker, dies at age 99
Seth Harp / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Mexico, journalists have more to fear by reporting on the government and politicians than they do by covering the drug cartels
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Mike Shields / Business Insider:
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