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3:35 PM ET, October 1, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
IAC's Dotdash buys Liquor.com, a digital media company focusing on spirits and entertaining, its fourth niche acquisition in 2019  —  Dotdash has acquired Liquor.com, a digital media company that focuses on cocktails, spirits and entertaining, executives tell Axios.
Discussion: @neilvogel
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Q&A with Dotdash CEO Neil Vogel about the company's growing brand portfolio, revenue diversification beyond ads, and the broader M&A picture for media  —  This is a buyer's market in digital media — and Dotdash is establishing itself as an acquirer.
John Geddie / Reuters:
Singapore's “fake news” law, which requires online media platforms to correct or remove content the government considers false, goes into effect Wednesday  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is about to introduce a law against “fake news” which rights groups have warned …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora unveils a revamped mobile app that will enable easier browsing and music discovery and a dedicated “For You” section that will also highlight podcasts  —  Pandora is unveiling a major refresh to its mobile app that puts a bigger emphasis on discovery …
Simon Cohen / Digital Trends:
TiVo unveils its TiVo+ live streaming service, with channels like TMZ and Food52, coming alongside new DVR hardware, in a bid to rival the Roku Channel  —  Surprise — TiVo is not dead.  Well, not yet anyway.  Confirming an earlier leak, the company has just announced two new models of its famous DVR.
Samantha Subin / dbknews.com:
The Diamondback, the University of Maryland's 110-year-old student newspaper, is ending its print edition; it has eight times more digital than print readers  —  After 110 years in circulation, The Diamondback will cease its weekly print publication in March, the newspaper's parent company announced Monday.
Discussion: @stevenoverly
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios announces a deal to buy 11 regional broadcast stations from USA Television for $290M  —  Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire 11 broadcast television stations from USA Television Holdings LLC and USA Television MidAmerica Holdings LLC for $290 million.
Reuters:
Sources: FreeWheel, Comcast's video ads division, has talked to a congressional task force and accused Google of limiting its ability to sell ads on YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), one of America's largest media and communications companies …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Dish drops NBC Sports Chicago; Dish VP says, “the regional sports model has been broken for years”  —  NBC Sports Chicago has been blacked out to subscribers of Dish Network and its Sling TV streaming service.  —  Dish said that it offered to continue to carry the regional sports channel …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group to launch a tech news site called Input in November; BDG has acquired five sites in the past 12 months  —  Bustle Digital Group is staking the next phase of its growth on an expansion into new verticals and plans to incorporate technology acquired this spring into the rest …
Discussion: @stevekovach
 
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds FCC's 2017 repeal of net neutrality, but also rules the FCC can't stop states from setting their own regulations
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Evening Standard names Mike Soutar, cofounder of Shortlist Media, as its first CEO
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Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook plans to let opinion pieces and satire be exempted from its fact-checking program, preventing such content from being labeled false
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Sources: Facebook is planning to pay only about a quarter of the 200 publishers that will be featured in its news tab, set to launch as soon as the end of Oct.