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8:40 AM ET, October 23, 2019

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The author of an anonymous 2018 NYT column identified as a senior Trump admin official has written a book, titled A WARNING, to be published in November  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC opens up Local News Partnership, its scheme created in 2017 to fund “local democracy reporters”, to black, Asian, and minority ethnic publications in UK  —  The BBC-funded local democracy reporting service has been opened up to news platforms aimed at black …
John O'Nolan / Ghost:
Ghost, which builds open source publishing software, releases Ghost 3.0 with support for reader memberships and subscription revenue  —  Today we released the third major version of Ghost, representing a total of more than 15,000 commits across almost 300 releases.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports it added 7M DAUs in Q3 to hit 210M, up 13% YoY, revenue of $446M, up 50% YoY, and a net loss of $227M, down from $325M a year ago  —  The Snap-back continues.  Snapchat blew past earnings expectations for a big beat in Q3, as it added 7 million daily active users this quarter to hit 210 million, up 13% year-over-year.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Disney's Bob Iger defends the $66M in compensation he received in 2018, saying the amount included a one-time stock grant and reflected Disney-Fox merger work  —  The conversation on Tuesday between Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones and Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and filmmaker Jon Favreau …
Discussion: @deadline and Fast Company
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Medium says it will now pay its Partner Program writers based “primarily” on reading time, not claps; the platform has paid $6M+ to 30,000+ writers since 2017  —  Medium is announcing significant changes to its Partner Program, where subscribers pay for access to exclusive content, and the revenue gets split with writers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ronan Farrow to launch a limited-series podcast as an audio companion to Catch and Kill, featuring new audio material and interviews  —  Ronan Farrow is launching a podcast offshoot of his best-selling book “Catch and Kill.”  —  Slated to premiere in November, “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow” …
Discussion: The Wrap and Page Six
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: despite Catch and Kill controversy, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract “in recent months” and is expected to succeed Andy Lack
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
US House approves a copyright bill that would create a type of small claims court where copyright holders who were infringed can seek damages up to $30,000  —  And that's copyright, baby!  —  On Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to approve a measure that would shake …
 
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Omar Oakes / campaignlive.co.uk:
Discovery launches Dplay, an ad-supported, real-life entertainment streaming service with content from its free-to-air channels like Home, in the UK and Ireland
Press Gazette:
BBC launches an interactive voice news service for Alexa, allowing users to skip stories or ask for more details about the ones they are interested in
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Vox Media's Polygon will produce a seven-minute gaming and culture news show for Quibi's Daily Essential lineup
Discussion: MediaPost and @whatthebit
Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
Memo: McClatchy cuts 30 staff; CEO says no reporting jobs will be impacted but some editing and management will be done regionally rather than in local markets
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee writes open letter to Nick Clegg asking why Facebook has dropped its ban on deceptive political ads
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon is giving away Disney+ for free for one year to all of its wireless customers on unlimited-data plans and to FiOS and 5G home internet customers
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
A network of ~40 websites branded as Michigan local news has launched with neutral names like Lansing Sun but posting info with a right-leaning political tilt
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN hires former GOP congressman Sean Duffy as a paid contributor, who immediately floats CNN-debunked conspiracy theory pushed by the White House on first day