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12:00 PM ET, September 28, 2017


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Leslie Shaffer / CNBC:
Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91  —  Playboy magazine was founded more than 60 years ago to create a niche upscale men's magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles and interviews.
Mark Zuckerberg:
Trump and some liberals say Facebook helped their opponents, but Facebook's role was different: enabling discussions, voter registration, and candidate outreach  —  I want to respond to President Trump's tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
New York Times:
Twitter comes under Congressional scrutiny as Russia-linked accounts found to spread misinformation or anti-Clinton stories and stoke furor over NFL protests  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After a weekend when Americans took to social media to debate President Trump's admonishment of N.F.L. players …
The Hill:
Senate committee investigating potential Russian election interference invites Facebook execs to testify on Nov. 1; source says Google and Twitter also invited  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a request for Facebook to testify in an open hearing to examine how foreign actors …
Facebook lists ways it fought misinformation in German election: removing “tens of thousands” of fake accounts, using Related Articles, cutting clickbait, more
David Ford / Fusion Media Group:
Gizmodo Media Group launches standalone site Earther, focused on environmental issues, led by Managing Editor Maddie Stone and Ari Phillips  —  Gizmodo Media Group, a division of FMG, today announced the launch of Earther (, a new website dedicated to reporting on topics and issues that impact the future of our planet.
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
South Carolina circuit court judge rules political blogger Will Folks will not face jail time for refusing to identify sources in libel case  —  South Carolina Circuit Court Judge William Keesley ruled this week that political blogger Will Folks will not go to jail for defying a court order …
Discussion: @scmitchp and Post and Courier
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snap announces sponsored 3D World Lenses, with Warner Bros and Bud Light as launch partners  —  Snapchat is taking its World Lenses augmented reality feature and opening them up to brands.  Snap's Imran Khan just announced the availability of the new advertising product on stage at Advertising Week …
Hannah Karp / Billboard:
Interview with Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Larry Jackson on how to continue to grow the service, as it tops 30M paying subscribers  —  “I don't believe that what exists right now is enough.”  Jimmy Iovine, who runs Apple Music — originally Beats, the music service …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
EU regulators say tech giants are still not doing enough to voluntarily remove hate speech and terrorist content, will review rules in six months  —  European regulators are giving Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube six months to voluntarily get more aggressive about blocking …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Time Inc's People rolls out $5.99/month or $59.99/year People Perks rewards program for retail deals at 1,000+ locations and event tickets  —  Time Inc.'s People is getting into the rewards business.  —  On Sept. 27, the celebrity magazine will unveil People Perks, a digital rewards program …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Online content creation platform Playbuzz announces $35M Series C led by Viola Growth with participation from existing investors including Walt Disney  —  The company has raised $66 million to date  —  Online content creation platform Playbuzz has raised an additional $35 million …
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
A look at publications like MEL, Van Winkle's, and Here, with specific brand sponsors and varying levels of editorial independence and long-term potential  —  Editorial enterprises like MEL, Real Life, and Van Winkle's could be the future of publishing—or they could be the next phase of Silicon Valley's media takeover
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Greg Evans / Deadline:
HBO documentary about legendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee will debut December 4
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Paul Horner, who published some of the most popular fake news stories of the 2016 election cycle, has died aged 38 in a suspected accidental overdose