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12:10 PM ET, October 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein, Harvey's brother, accused of sexual harassment and joking he could fire showrunner for a Spike TV series if she kept refusing dinner invitations  —  A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Company board during Tuesday meeting, still holds 22% of company stock  —  Harvey Weinstein resigned Tuesday from the Weinstein Co. board of directors, as the company continues to try to distance itself from the disgraced mogul.
Ex-Variety staffers call former editor-in-chief Peter Bart one of Harvey Weinstein's greatest protectors, a charge Bart denies
Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim  —  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was suspended by the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Morning Consult/Politico poll: 46% of voters think the media makes up stories about Donald Trump, with the number rising to 76% among Republican voters  —  But voters diverge from the president on whether the federal government should be able to punish news organizations that he believes make up stories about him.
Erin Griffith / Wired:
Internal email details Twitter's plans to update rules on abuse, including expanding reporting options, hiding hate symbols behind warnings, more  —  WHEN TWITTER COULD take credit for revolutionary political movements like the Arab Spring, it was easy for the company's executives to joke about their liberal stance on free speech.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
The Guardian announces $55M venture capital arm, GMG Ventures, which will focus on media tech and invest in areas ranging from AI to payments  —  - The Guardian is launching a £42 million venture capital firm to invest in startups related to media-tech.
Discussion: The Drum and The Guardian
New York Times:
Politifact and Snopes, using Google AdSense, unwittingly hosted ads by fake news publishers; source says AdSense has terminated the ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The headlines are eye-catching.  Melania Trump is leaving the White House!  Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines!
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nielsen is to launch a new service measuring viewership figures for Netflix shows; the streaming service does not currently disclose ratings  —  Studios and networks sign on for SVOD content ratings  —  While Netflix doesn't divulge how many people are watching its shows …
Discussion: Recode, Associated Press and Ad Age
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Discovery Communications Eurosport unit partners with Snap to create Olympics-focused content for Snapchat Discover, in a bid to attract younger viewers  —  Mobile content from Eurosport to be aimed at younger viewers  —  Discovery Communications' Eurosport unit and Snap have formed …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Advertisers are drifting towards streaming services like Amazon and Netflix at the urging of their clients, as viewers shift eyeballs and TV ratings dwindle  —  When Ben Watkins wanted to buoy the quality of his series “Hand of God,” he turned to what might be an unlikely partner: an online compendium of real-estate data.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Ted Sarandos says Netflix plans to produce 80 original movies in 2018
Discussion: CinemaBlend and The FADER
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
Discussion: BBC, and NPR
Binoy Prabhakar / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The Print, a digital outlet covering Indian politics, founded by former Indian Express CEO and editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta
 Earlier Picks: 
New York Times:
Some say China's increasingly tight control of online content is vindicated as US probes foreign digital influence amid its election
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Industry gatekeepers like Harvey Weinstein and The New York Times have less power thanks to proliferation of online entertainment and news sources