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4:30 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: MediaPost, @dsoneil and @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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
 
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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
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
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.