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4:15 PM ET, October 21, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: in January, O'Reilly agreed to pay $32M to settle sexual harassment claims from former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl; in February his contract was extended  —  In January, the Fox News host was said to have agreed to a $32 million settlement with a former network analyst, the largest of his known payouts.
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele, founder of Curbed, has been fired; CEO staff memo said Steele admitted conduct “inconsistent with our core values”  —  In what appears to be the first and probably not the last repercussion of last week's Shitty Media Men list …
Business Insider:
Sources: anonymous list of harassment allegations circulated among media staffers leads to creation of internal tip line and investigation of claims at BuzzFeed  —  - BuzzFeed is investigating allegations of harassment by its employees.  — The investigation follows a BuzzFeed report about a list titled “Sh—
Discussion: BuzzFeed and @ssmoghadam
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control  —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts to give more weight to subscription-based streaming services and paid tiers of hybrid services starting in 2018  —  Billboard has announced that its Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts — which measure singles and albums, respectively …
Emily Tan / Campaign:
Google debuts machine learning-powered TV Content Explorer to catalog shows and beta forecasting and pacing models that predict ad inventory across devices  —  Google launches TV content explorer and a series of other updates for programmatic TV  —  Google has launched a machine-learning powered tool …
Discussion: The Drum
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Inside MLK50, a year-long digi-journalism project on economic inequality and underrepresentation of blacks in Memphis, which will end April 4, 2018  —  “Memphis is a microcosm of what's going on in a lot of urban centers around the country.  It's an extreme example of what happens when things …
Discussion: @wendi_c_thomas
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Researchers: 41 sites linked to 301networks, which is closing, used session hijacking and other techniques in scheme to defraud major advertisers of up to $20M  —  A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals how seemingly-credible players in the ad supply chain can play an active role in — and profit from — fraud.
Discussion: @counternotions and @timschu
Max Willens / Digiday:
Nearly 36K people have signed up for The Hive's personalized newsletter, which emails readers stories about the specific figures they've chosen to follow  —  In politics and business, there are certain figures that warrant constant attention.  For the past six months, Vanity Fair brand …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Agora Project linked 10 journalists across borders to report on global issues, with stories published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Huffington Post Greece, and more
Twitter unveils user safety roadmap through Jan. 2018: expand definitions of non-consensual nudity, update policy around hate, add info for suspended accounts
 Earlier Picks: 
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Media shareholders vote more than 99% in favor of Sinclair merger, which awaits FCC and DOJ approval
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook's news subscription tool is delayed on iOS over Apple's 30% App Store cut; the tool will rollout on Android phones over coming weeks
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Verizon loses 18K net pay TV subscribers in third quarter, OTT service plans still tentative
Discussion: Forbes, Fortune and ZDNet