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1:50 PM ET, November 1, 2018

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Recode to be folded into Vox.com starting early next year with no expected layoffs; current EIC Dan Frommer will be replaced by Jason del Rey in the interim  —  Facing declining traffic to its website, Recode will relaunch as a section of Vox early next year
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Politico:
As Trump throws out multiple unlikely claims ahead of midterm elections, many news outlets have repeated his false statements in headlines and tweets  —  President Donald Trump appears to be throwing spaghetti against the wall in the run-up to the midterms — and seeing what he can get journalists to choke down.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The Axios coverage of Trump's plan to get rid of US birthright citizenship was a perverse, obsequious mix of bleak news and promotion of an Axios series on HBO
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Jeremy B. Merrill / ProPublica:
Investigation finds that 12 Facebook campaigns masked sponsorship of political issue ads, exposing a gap in enforcement of Facebook's disclosure policy  —  A Facebook ad in October urged political conservatives to support the Trump administration's rollback of fuel emission standards …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
AMC Networks' Q3 revenue increased 7.5% YoY to $697M; the company has acquired, RLJ Entertainment, parent company of streaming services Acorn TV and UMC  —  AMC Networks reported better-than-expected third-quarter 2018 financials Thursday morning, with an adjusted EPS of $2.15 on $697 million in revenue.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Amazon says Alexa can now give information about federal and gubernatorial elections and that it is working with AP and Ballotpedia for poll times and results  —  Amazon today announced a series of updates to Alexa's knowledge base so the intelligent assistant can deliver helpful information ahead of …
Greg Lacour / Charlotte Magazine:
Charles Womack sells alt-weekly Creative Loafing in Charlotte to his son Alex, lays off staff of seven with no severance; publication will become digital-only  —  Ax comes down hard and fast for Charlotte's only alt-weekly newspaper  —  Ryan Pitkin, the editor in chief …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
NYT Q3: revenue of $417M, up 8% YoY, digital revenue of $450M+ in 2018, 3M digital subscribers out of 4M+ total; subscription revenues make up ~66% of total  —  More than three million paid digital-only subscribers.  More than four million total.  —  The New York Times Company announced …
Discussion: The Wrap, CNN and @nyteileen
Josh Rottenberg / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix announces it will offer exclusive theatrical releases for three movies, in a break from its commitment to streaming releases  —  In the latest seismic shift in the ever-evolving landscape of film distribution, Netflix announced Wednesday that it will offer exclusive theatrical engagements …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Social platforms and Silicon Valley Funders operate with sloppy disregard of the consequences of hate speech, unwilling to lose users and hurt their bottom line  —  This is what the internet has come to: thugs like Mohammed bin Salman funding tech companies to host the vitriol of thugs like Cesar Sayoc and Robert Bowers.
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Study finds 95% of commonly downloaded apps in the Google Play store for children ages 5 and under contain advertising, with many appearing to violate FTC rules  —  In a new study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger, researchers found advertising in almost all of them.
Discussion: @jrostergaard
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Producer Ben Silverman's studio Propagate acquires production house Electus from IAC; Silverman launched Electus in 2009 with IAC backing, then sold his stake
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Waze adds an audio player to its app that supports Pandora, Stitcher, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR, Scribd, and TuneIn, for more seamless listening while driving
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Simon Austin / Prolific North:
UK broadcaster Channel 4 chooses Leeds city as the location of its new national HQ, with smaller “creative hubs” in Bristol and Glasgow
The Guardian:
Istanbul's chief prosecutor says Jamal Khashoggi was killed as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate, and his body was then dismembered afterwards
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before an “international grand committee” of Canadian and UK MPs to discuss fake news on November 27