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6:50 PM ET, October 10, 2018

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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
USA Today editorial page editor Bill Sternberg says Trump's healthcare op-ed was fact-checked and Trump was given wide leeway to express his opinion  —  USA Today defended the column, saying it had fact-checked the president's claims.  —  USA Today on Wednesday published an opinion piece credited …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans to make content it owns free to device owners as part of its forthcoming TV service, launching early next year  —  - Apple is planning to mix free original content with subscription “channels” to existing digital video services on its “TV” application.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman say their new mobile video startup is called Quibi; Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum are both creating shows for it  —  Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and veteran tech executive Meg Whitman used the prominent platform of Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Snap Originals, 12 daily scripted original shows for its Discover section, with each episode lasting four or five minutes  —  Snapchat needs reasons for teens to come back every day as it struggles to grow amidst competition from Instagram, so it's capitalizing on its Los Angeles roots.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Press freedom advocates are worried about Trump's weak statements on the Khashoggi case, which they feel will endanger journalists working overseas  —  Press advocates worry that Saudi Arabia will conclude that the U.S. is uninterested in the disappearance of a writer for one of its most famous newspapers.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
HBO's parent division WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T, says it plans to launch a streaming service in Q4 2019  —  (CNN)Four months after being acquired by AT&T, WarnerMedia is making plans for a streaming TV service that will be sold directly to consumers.  —  WarnerMedia, the division …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Sources: 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice told employees that Disney-Fox deal will be ready to close January 1 and acknowledged there will be layoffs  —  Fox will be logistically ready for its pending mega-deal with the Walt Disney Co to close Jan. 1, top exec Peter Rice told employees Wednesday.
Discussion: The Playlist
Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
21st Century Fox Vice Chair Chase Carey said media companies would continue to consolidate as they battled Google and Netflix over content  —  - Media consolidation will continue as companies compete for unique franchises and greater scale, 21st Century Fox Vice Chair Chase Carey says.
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Chantal Fernandez / The Business of Fashion:
Teen Vogue has named Lindsay Peoples Wagner, fashion editor at New York Magazine and The Cut, as its new editor-in-chief starting October 18  —  Condé Nast has named a successor to Phillip Picardi, who is exiting the publisher this month to lead Out Magazine.
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
Employees at Facebook's fact-checking partner in the Philippines, online news site Rappler, say they're struggling to “clean up Facebook's mess”  —  MANILA — The fictional news stories pop up on Facebook faster than Paterno Esmaquel II and his co-workers can stamp them out.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
STAT, the medical news site that shares an owner with The Boston Globe, is focusing on big group subscriptions and may launch a more specialized product in 2019  —  Is man flu real?  Is jet lag worse when you're traveling east?  Does smoking pot make you stupid?
Discussion: CommonWealth Magazine
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed hires Disney veteran Eric W. Muhlheim as its new CFO starting October 15  —  BuzzFeed has hired Eric W. Muhlheim, who previously spent 16 years at the Walt Disney Co., as its new CFO.  —  Muhlheim replaces Mark Frackt, who departed as BuzzFeed's CFO in July after more than six years with the company.
Axios:
HBO's four Axios docu-news series to debut Sunday Nov. 4 and continue through all four Sundays of November  —  HBO will announce today that “Axios,” a four-part series of news specials we're co-producing with HBO Documentary Films, will debut two days before midterms — Sunday, Nov. 4 …
 
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