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12:05 PM ET, September 29, 2017


 Top News: 
Sources: Russian Internet Research Agency linked to one fake Twitter account and one fake Facebook account using “blacktivist” name; FB account had 360K likes  —  Russia bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook  —  A social media campaign calling itself “Blacktivist” …
Twitter finds Russia Today purchased $274K in ads and promoted 1,823 tweets in US in 2016, and pledges to work with FEC and Congress on political ad disclosure  —  Earlier this summer we outlined some of our work to combat bots and networks of manipulation on Twitter.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Twitter told Congressional investigators it found ~200 Russia-linked accounts with 22 directly matching the 470 accounts Facebook identified
Tony Romm / Recode:
Sen. Mark Warner, top Democrat on Senate Intel Committee, said Twitter's briefing on Russian accounts was “inadequate” and “deeply disappointing”
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
ACLU challenges DoJ warrants for Facebook account information of users involved in anti-Trump protests, arguing the requests are overbroad  —  Three Facebook users are challenging newly disclosed search warrants for their account information, arguing that the warrants are overbroad …
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Reporters face damaged infrastructure, spotty electricity and phone service, and difficulty finding gas, food, and water while covering Puerto Rico  —  Reporting from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been one of the toughest assignments for journalists …
Dhrumil Mehta / FiveThirtyEight:
Compared to other US natural disasters in the past few weeks, Hurricane Maria has had less coverage online and on TV  —  While Puerto Rico suffers after Hurricane Maria, much of the U.S. media (FiveThirtyEight not excepted) has been occupied with other things: a health care bill that failed to pass …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says iPhone 7 and 8 don't have FM radio chips, after FCC chairman Ajit Pai urges Apple to activate iPhone FM radio chips to help after natural disasters  —  Amidst renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has now issued a statement urging Apple …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Chartbeat survey shows Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles deliver promised faster load times but ad revenue and audience increases remain in question  —  For publishers, Google's AMP and Facebook's Instant Articles are two different efforts with the same goal: creating a faster …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Podcast startup Anchor raises $10M Series A led by GV for its audio broadcasting app, which makes it easy for creators to record and distribute audio  —  A recent spate of investments in the podcast space continues today with news that Anchor has raised $10 million in a series A round of funding led by Google's venture capital arm, GV.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
How Politifact staffers worked to build trust with Tulsa Republican leaders by describing sourcing methods and more in a meeting  —  TULSA, Oklahoma — The Wi-Fi password at the Tulsa County Republican headquarters is Reagan2016.  Capital R, no dashes.  —  It was there …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, @mantzarlis and @jpgillin
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Q&A with Gretchen Carlson on life after bringing down Roger Ailes, her advocacy work, new book, and Donald Trump  —  A year after her lawsuit, the former Fox & Friends host has reinvented herself as a women's rights activist: “I felt if I didn't do it, who was going to?”
Discussion: FTVLive and Mediaite
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp's Wall Street Journal is ending print editions in Europe and Asia, with final print edition in Europe on Friday, and in Asia a week later  —  Reduction of paper's print presence comes amid broad reorganization of the Journal's editorial structure  —  The Wall Street Journal …
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The Onion's Editor-in-Chief Cole Bolton and executive editor Ben Berkley resign; source says moves are due to tensions over site's direction under Univision
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