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1:25 PM ET, October 19, 2018

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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
At a rally in Montana, Trump praised Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during Gianforte's campaign for Congress in 2017  —  President's comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi  —  Play Video
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done  —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
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NBC News:
Source: Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts for violating spam rules; the accounts had posted pro-Saudi Arabia tweets about the disappearance of Khashoggi  —  Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with evidence of coordinated activity.
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Erik Wemple / @erikwemple:
After US treasury secretary pulled out of conference in Saudi Arabia, Fox Business Network follows by announcing it will cancel sponsorship and participation
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
SiriusXM partners with Amazon to offer trial 3-month subscriptions to Echo Dots buyers and Echo Dot speakers to people who become subscribers  —  (Reuters) - Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc is teaming up with Amazon.com in its push into listeners' homes to move beyond its stronghold inside vehicles.
Charlie Amter / Variety:
SoundCloud says DJs will be able to mix all songs from its catalogue starting in 2019 as it partners with Serato, Virtual DJ, and others  —  SoundCloud is on a roll.  Hot on the heels of an announcement earlier this month allowing all users of the open audio platform to tap …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube announces partnership with Eventbrite to sell concert tickets on artists' video channels in US, says it now covers more than 70% of US ticketing market  —  YouTube is extending its ticketing initiative, already live with Ticketmaster, with the new addition of Eventbrite.
Los Angeles Times:
Peter Meehan, cofounder of the defunct Lucky Peach magazine, joins the LA Times' Food staff as it expands following Jonathan Gold's death  —  Meehan will help guide editorial direction and expansion of The Times' food and dining coverage  —  The Los Angeles Times has named Peter Meehan …
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How Sinclair's focus on small markets led to it becoming a conservative media empire, with more stations in swing states than any other company  —  The company has achieved formidable reach by focussing on small markets where its TV stations can have a big influence.
Discussion: @prichardsonla
Sky News:
Assange sues Ecuador for violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms” after being prohibited from activities that could be considered political interference  —  Julian Assange is launching legal action against Ecuador, accusing its government of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”.
Discussion: ABC News and @nick_pettigrew
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New York Times:
Former FBI agent Terry Albury sentenced to 48 months after guilty plea for leaking documents linked to stories in The Intercept
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Interview with Matt DeRienzo, former executive director of Local Independent Online News Publishers, now back to newspapers with Hearst Connecticut Media Group  —  In 2014, Matt DeRienzo was the editor of the New Haven (Connecticut) Register, then owned by Digital First Media, “and I was ordered to cut half of the staff in my newsroom.
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House is merging two of its units, Random House and Crown Publishing Group; Gina Centrello will lead the combined division
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Jason Miller adds a co-host of the Chapo Trap House podcast to suit against Gizmodo Media Group because of the co-host's tweet calling Miller a “baby killer”
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYT defends its Gavin McInnes profile, saying that it was written in response to events in the news and addressed “his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments”
WFTS:
E. W. Scripps acquires Triton, which provides digital audience analytics and infrastructure for delivering audio for companies like NPR and Spotify, for $150M
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium