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4:15 PM ET, October 17, 2017

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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Company board during Tuesday meeting, still holds 22% of company stock  —  Harvey Weinstein resigned Tuesday from the Weinstein Co. board of directors, as the company continues to try to distance itself from the disgraced mogul.
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Business Wire:
The Weinstein Company announces investment from Colony Capital, says it's in talks about selling all or part of the company
The Guardian:
Son of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia accuses the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and others of being “complicit” in her murder  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed because she ‘stood between rule of law and those who sought to violate it’, says son Matthew
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Press Gazette:
Mexican broadcast journalist Cecilia Mendez shot dead on her way home from work, on the same day Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed  —  A journalist was shot dead in Mexico on her way home from working on a TV programme.  —  Cecilia Mendez was driving her red Mazda …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Industry gatekeepers like Harvey Weinstein and The New York Times have less power thanks to proliferation of online entertainment and news sources  —  I'd be remiss in not stating the obvious: Harvey Weinstein is a despicable human being, who did evil things.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap and NBCUniversal form studio joint venture, with 50-50 ownership, to create original programs for mobile devices, announce first deal with Duplass brothers  —  Snap and NBCUniversal are creating a Hollywood studio dedicated to the future of app-centric entertainment.
New York Times:
Some say China's increasingly tight control of online content is vindicated as US probes foreign digital influence amid its election  —  HULUNBUIR, China — In the United States, some of the world's most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
A look at the staff, programming, and revenue at The Daily, The New York Times news podcast, which has passed 100M downloads  —  Within nine months of its launch, it looks like The New York Times (NYT) has more than a success on its hands.  “The Daily” is becoming a phenomenon …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @mathewi and @rafat
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Google wants to expand into the TV ad market with its ad-serving technology; CBS All Access and Bloomberg Media are both using it  —  - Google wants to become an integral player in the TV ad landscape.  — The company is trying to get TV companies to adopt its video ad tech software …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV, which wants to build a Spotify-like free service for TV content, has raised $8.3M in a round led by Samsung's venture capital arm  —  Pluto TV, the startup aiming to build a Spotify-like free service for TV content, has received $5 million in funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corp. …
Tony Romm / Recode:
In a subtle rebuke of Trump, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says his agency does not have the authority to revoke networks' licenses based on content of a newscast  —  Ajit Pai broke his days of silence at an event Tuesday  —  Breaking days of silence, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai subtly shot …
Discussion: Washington Post and Forbes
 
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's use of Twitter raises ethical and legal questions for reporters and upends traditional reporting on politics by effectively replacing press conferences