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12:45 PM ET, November 2, 2018

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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AT&T calls Dish dropping HBO a “tactical decision,” accuses Dish of collaborating with DOJ to block the Time Warner merger as DOJ prepares for December appeal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of “collaborating” …
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
HBO channels, now controlled by AT&T, go dark on Dish and Sling TV in a carriage dispute; Dish blames AT&T's takeover of HBO and other Time Warner properties  —  Dish Network customers, including those who subscribe to SlingTV, have lost access to HBO channels and Cinemax …
Bloomberg:
Sources: McClatchy, AIM Media, and Donerail Group have submitted bids for Tribune Publishing  —  By By Nabila Ahmed , By Kiel Porter , and By Gerry Smith  — Aim Media is also said to have submitted offer for publisher  — Potential buyers have been circling newspaper chain for months
Josh Stearns / DemocracyFund:
NewsMatch launches its annual fundraiser for news nonprofits, matching small donations and adding support including $1M from the Facebook Journalism Project  —  Something remarkable starts today.  Across the country 155 newsrooms are banding together for a year-end campaign to stand up for journalism that strengthens democracy.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Washington Post announces Press Freedom Partnership in coordination with CPJ, Reporters without Borders, and others to champion independent press  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Just 4 of 36 companies contacted by BuzzFeed said they have identified money that will be refunded to advertisers, following investigation into ad fraud scheme  —  A massive ad fraud scheme that Google acknowledged stole close to $10 million from its ad networks and partners has been shut …
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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
ESPN+, available to subscribers for $5/month, will likely cost between $200M and $500M this year, but the goal for Disney is testing how to run an OTT service  —  - Technology and content costs could make ESPN+ a costly venture, especially when subscribers pay only $5 a month.
Politico:
Sources: Jeff Zucker doesn't want CNN hiring ex administration officials complicit in spreading falsehoods after criticism for hiring officials who signed NDAs  —  Network president Jeff Zucker has told people that he's not interested in hiring former officials he perceives as complicit in spreading falsehoods.
The Guardian:
The Guardian US hires Moira Donegan, Rebecca Solnit, David Sirota, and Bhaskar Sunkara as opinion columnists  —  The Guardian today announces new additions to its US opinion section with four new columnists.  —  Guardian US editor John Mulholland reinforced The Guardian's commitment …
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 …
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
No federal rules regulate Facebook political ads; efforts like Honest Ads Act stalled after Facebook launched its own rules and Sen. McConnell questioned bill
 
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Katie Deighton / The Drum:
Facebook is working to give advertisers access to Messenger through sponsored messages and Stories via a tool that converts horizontal ads into vertical ones
Pallavi Gogoi / Washington Post:
NPR's chief business editor, Pallavi Gogoi, says she was raped by Indian MP M.J. Akbar, then EIC of Asian Age, and recounts months of verbal and emotional abuse
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Lachlan Murdoch, likely CEO of New Fox, says he doesn't make editorial decisions and won't apologize for Fox News: “I'm not embarrassed by what they do at all”
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Susette Brooks / Report For America:
Report for America sets a goal of placing 10 reporters in California in 2019 and 20 in 2020, supported by grants from the Annenberg and McClatchy foundations
The Marshall Project:
Bill Keller to step down in 2019 as editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, will move to the board of directors after a replacement is appointed
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
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
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