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5:30 AM ET, November 7, 2018

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News said it does not condone Sean Hannity's appearance onstage at a Trump rally on Monday night and called it an “unfortunate distraction”  —  Fox News Channel said it did not condone host Sean Hannity's appearance Monday night during President Donald Trump's campaign rally …
Axios:
Sources: AT&T intends to notify 12+ customers their service is being terminated over piracy allegations, the first time it has taken such action  —  AT&T will alert a little more than a dozen customers within the next week or so that their service will be terminated due to copyright infringement …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Source: the possible sale of Endemol Shine is off, as 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management suspend the process; Disney will get Fox's 50% stake  —  UPDATED: The sale of Endemol Shine is off, Variety has learned.  Senior staff members at the production and distribution giant were told …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at several successful journalism Kickstarter campaigns as seven of the ten most funded journalism projects on the site took place in the last year  —  The first time the National Observer tried to raise money on Kickstarter, they couldn't get the framing quite right.
Jim Wyss / miamiherald:
Profile of Venezuelan news site Armando.info, whose investigation forced four of its reporters into exile, ahead of its Knight International Journalism Award  —  Last year, a Venezuelan news website called Armando.info released an explosive series of stories about a Colombian businessman named Alex Saab …
Jonathan Albright:
Right Wing News, one of hundreds of “inauthentic” Facebook Pages removed in October, consistently outperformed Pages like Breitbart and Fox News from 2013-2016  —  Part III: Granular Enforcement  —  The third part of my midterm election-time study looks at granular enforcement …
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
TicToc, Bloomberg's 24/7 news network, is trying to curb fake news around the mid-term elections by creating 50 Twitter Moments with verified info  —  Network will create 50 Moments on platform to “fight through saturation that will be Twitter on election night”
Discussion: @pyoclara and Twitter
James Loke Hale / Tubefilter:
Sources: Defy Media is shutting down its LA office and making the ~80 employees who work there redundant  —  Defy Media has given all of the employees working out of its Beverly Hills production office notice that they will be laid off and the office will be permanently closed effective Jan. 2 …
Discussion: Variety, New York Post and The Wrap
Politico:
Preparing to cover the midterm election results, journalists and editors say they have learned from 2016's mistakes  —  “We're going to be nimble.  We're going to follow the results," an ABC News exec said.  “We're not going to assume anything.”  —  CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist …
 
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
US Rep. Steve King's campaign refuses to give press credentials to The Des Moines Register for King's election night event
Deadline:
EU antitrust regulators approve Disney's $71.3B offer for 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, as long as it sells certain TV channels in Europe
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts visited Sky's London HQ, with CFO Mike Cavanagh and Steve Burke, and promised staff he was not looking to make major cuts
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Lloyd Embley, EIC of UK newspaper group Reach, says BBC News online is an “all-consuming monster” making life harder for commercial news brands
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Yang Ziyu / Sixth Tone:
Weibo gives 1,638 media accounts and 1,322 Chinese government-affiliated accounts the ability to directly flag content as fake news with a customizable notice
Mike Baker / The Seattle Times:
Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and others, and its domain has now migrated to Epik, a registrar based in the Seattle area
Alex Warofka / Facebook:
Facebook posts results of commissioned report on Myanmar which found Facebook wasn't doing enough to prevent it from being used to incite offline violence
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts on its services that may have been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” ahead of the US midterm elections
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists have not improved enough since the 2016 election; more are careful about polls and fact-checking, but many still allow Trump to lead coverage