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1:15 PM ET, October 1, 2019


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
IAC's Dotdash buys, a digital media company focusing on spirits and entertaining, its fourth niche acquisition in 2019  —  Dotdash has acquired, a digital media company that focuses on cocktails, spirits and entertaining, executives tell Axios.
Discussion: Digiday and @neilvogel
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple News+ launches in the UK and Australia for £9.99 and AU$14.99 per month respectively, with over 150 publications on board  —  Apple News+, Apple's subscription news and magazine service, has launched for users who live in the UK and Australia, Apple announced today.
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.
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 …
Terry Dickson / The Brunswick News:
Georgia's 105-year-old Waycross Journal-Herald closed on Monday, leaving the county with nowhere to publish matters like name changes as required by law  —  The Monday edition of the 105-year-old Waycross Journal-Herald will be the last, the publisher confirmed Sunday.
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 …
Samantha Subin /
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
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 …
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  —  But the 200-page ruling says the FCC can't stop states from setting their own regulations  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed …
Kelsey Jukam / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines for $75M alleging defamation and common law conspiracy for Lizza's article about Nunes's Iowa farm  —  (CN) - California Representative Devin Nunes asked a federal court in Iowa Monday to award him $75 million in damages in a defamation …
Discussion: The Independent and Law & Crime
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says he's overturning the decision to censure host Naga Munchetty over her response to Trump's racist comments  —  Corporation director general Tony Hall emails staff to say he is overturning ruling over impartiality guidelines
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Leaked messages show the complaint that led to BBC disciplining Naga Munchetty was also about her co-host, Dan Walker, despite the BBC saying otherwise
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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
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Evening Standard names Mike Soutar, cofounder of Shortlist Media, as its first CEO
Steven Levy / Wired:
Dave Willner, who helped put together Facebook's content standards over a decade ago, says its exemption of politicians' hate speech is “cowardice”
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
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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