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1:15 AM ET, October 12, 2018

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Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Washington Post fact-checks Trump's USA Today opinion piece on Medicare-For-All, finds most sentences contain a “misleading statement or falsehood”  —  President Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Social media accounts of major news organizations continue to broadcast Trump's falsehoods without clearly informing readers that they are misleading  —  At a rally on Wednesday night, President Trump accused Hillary Clinton of conspiring with Russia to try to swing the 2016 election.
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After Khashoggi's disappearance, LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong and NYT have withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's investment conference; others are weighing issue  —  The headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Like WaPo with Arc, Vox is licensing its publishing platform, Chorus, starting with the Chicago Sun-Times, including access to Concert, Vox's ad marketplace  —  “The joke in the industry is everybody doesn't like the CMS or they write in some other tool.”  Vox Media aims to change that punchline for other publishers.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and Vox Media
New York Times:
Walmart announces joint venture with NY-based interactive storytelling startup Eko to develop original content; sources say investment is worth $250M  —  Walmart is going Hollywood.  —  The world's largest retailer, in a constant battle with its rival Amazon, said this week that it was teaming …
Esther Wang / Jezebel:
Writer Stephen Elliott sues Moira Donegan, creator of the Shitty Media Men list, saying his inclusion on the list made him depressed and hurt his book sales  —  On Wednesday, Stephen Elliott filed a lawsuit against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men list …
Politico:
Fox stops airing Trump rallies in full as they increase in frequency and ratings drop; a White House official said officials would “look into” this trend  —  In a crucial period with the midterms less than a month away, some in the White House are worried that the president is losing a megaphone to his base.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Interview with Wolfgang Blau, president of Condé Nast, on his EU meeting, the importance of machine language translation, GDPR, Facebook, Google, and more  —  Wolfgang Blau, president of Condé Nast International, is steering the global publisher toward organizing around brands rather than separate countries.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music is postponing its IPO until at least November because of the selloff in global markets  —  Music streamer and underwriters worried global market selloff would hurt pricing  —  Tencent Music Entertainment Group is postponing its initial public offering until …
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Thrillist writers and editors win a minimum starting salary of $50K after 15 months of union negotiations with owner Group Nine Media  —  Thrillist writers and editors came away from the negotiating table with a raise and more in labor talks that took more than a year and included a work stoppage.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
 
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Nate Rau / The Tennessean:
Trump signs the Music Modernization Act that makes it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Johnston Press, which owns almost 200 regional newspapers and has spent 18 months trying to refinance its £220M debt, has put itself up for sale
Saad Sayeed / Reuters:
Pakistani journalists describe continuing intimidation and army pressure after the media crackdown that began in the run-up to July elections
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media has had difficulty raising money with a weak demand for its blockchain tokens and lack of major news partners
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Manhattan prosecutors charge IBT and Christian Media with defrauding lenders of ~$10M to keep Newsweek afloat
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
Brian Stelter / CNN:
HBO's parent division WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T, says it plans to launch a streaming service in Q4 2019