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2:00 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.
New York Times:
Twitter comes under Congressional scrutiny as Russia-linked accounts found to tweet about NFL protests, spread misinformation, and share anti-Clinton stories  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After a weekend when Americans took to social media to debate President Trump's admonishment of N.F.L. players …
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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.
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 …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
NowThis launches its Newsroom project, a Twitter-based breaking news reporting service run by Reported.ly's P. Kim Bui and Andy Carvin  —  “To us, it's a workspace — a place where a group of NowThis journalists can help the public better understand how emerging news stories develop while giving …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Oxford University researchers find Twitter bots spread misinfo and propaganda at higher rates in 2016 battleground states in 10-day period around Election Day  —  Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall …
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 (Earther.com), a new website dedicated to reporting on topics and issues that impact the future of our planet.
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 …
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
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
Source: New York Times, FT, and WSJ are not participating in Facebook's news subscriptions initiative; Washington Post, Economist, Tronc, Hearst are signed up  —  As Facebook Inc. (FB) faces challenges on multiple fronts — legal, regulatory, political and competitive …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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 …
 
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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