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4:10 PM ET, October 16, 2019

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are creating a joint investigative reporting team of 11 people, with a 5-year commitment funded by $5.75M via Arnold Ventures  —  New York (CNN Business)ProPublica is widely thought to be the gold standard of nonprofit investigative journalism.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sources: USA Today's print version will likely wind down after the merger of Gannett and GateHouse, though the shift could take several years  —  After a nearly 40-year run, USA Today and its digital sites are about to undergo a major restructuring that will include building up digital marketing while phasing out the print edition.
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Lachlan Murdoch about post-Disney plans, Fox Nation success, infighting at Fox News: “unfortunately in the [US], there is less and less civil debate”  —  The Fox Corp. executive chairman and CEO explains his vision for a slimmed-down company, from acquisitions to sports betting as …
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BuzzFeed News:
As Facebook says politicians can lie in ads, so far in October it has banned 160+ ads from Trump, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer for profanity and fake buttons
Joe Otterson / Variety:
NYT reporter Mike Isaac's book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, will be the basis for a Showtime series, to be developed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien  —  Brian Koppelman and David Levien are developing a limited series about ridesharing company Uber for Showtime.
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Inside's Apple steep learning curve with TV+ and Hollywood, as sources say the company already well outspent its projected $1B annual content budget  —  After a few false starts and a little offscreen drama, AppleTV+ finally makes its big debut with a slate of shows, Jennifer Aniston …
Joe Uchill / Axios:
MIT researchers show ML models aren't yet capable of effectively distinguishing false news reports and reveal flaws in a commonly used database in the field  —  Current machine learning models aren't yet up to the task of distinguishing false news reports, two new papers by MIT researchers show.
Discussion: Fast Company
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
NBC News and Wondery team up to develop a slate of original news and politics podcasts beginning in 2020; NBC News will continue developing in-house podcasts  —  Podcast publisher will also take over advertising sales and marketing  —  NBC News and Wondery are teaming up to develop a slate …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Bob Iger's risky bet on Disney+, set to launch with 35 originals in first year, which executives hope will have 60M to 90M global subscribers by 2024  —  Disney+ leads a wave of billion-dollar Netflix competitors that are transforming the entertainment industry and launching a new age of ambition …
Tacey Rychter / New York Times:
Booktopia and Amazon in Australia, two of the country's biggest online booksellers, have suspended sales of Catch and Kill, due to Dylan Howard's legal threats  —  “Catch and Kill” was pulled from two of Australia's biggest online book retailers amid legal threats from the former National Enquirer editor …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Thrillist names Helen Hollyman, food writer and founding editor of Vice's Munchies, as its new editor-in-chief  —  Thrillist, part of Discovery-backed Group Nine Media, has named food writer and journalist Helen Hollyman its new editor-in-chief.  —  Hollyman will be based in Thrillist's …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that it deems violate its rules, letting users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, share  —  Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Sun, the most-read newsbrand in print and online in the UK, plans to expand its digital operations to the US
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
On The Vergecast, Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour says they are exploring “a form of ephemerality” to avoid the risk of old stigmatizing tweets resurfacing
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Sky launches “Sky News: Brexit Free” channel on TV and YouTube in response to a study that found that 70% of news-avoiding Brits were doing so because of Brexit
August Graham / Independent.ie:
UK's Telegraph Media Group reports a 61%+ fall in operating profits YoY to £8.1M in 2018 even as subscription revenue rose 10% YoY, making up 54% of revenue