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10:40 AM ET, November 1, 2018

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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Recode announces partnership with Vox with a planned relaunch of the site on Vox.com early next year and a shift to broader tech coverage  —  More of the same and more of the different  —  So here's the deal — I think I can say with a modicum of humility (hard for me, I know!) …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @ezraklein
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.
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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
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.
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The PR from Fox News and Fox Business emphasizing the work of people like Shep Smith fails to mitigate the baseless, destructive programming on other Fox shows  —  A header on Brian Stelter's nightly media newsletter reads, “Fox under pressure,” a reference to the growing concerns …
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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: CNN and @nyteileen
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.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Megyn Kelly's lawyer Bryan Freedman has accused NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and the network of leaking false information to the press  —  (CNN)Megyn Kelly's slow-motion exit from NBC News has turned into an all-out legal battle.  —  Kelly's 9 a.m. show was canceled last week, but her contract goes through 2020.
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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