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GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK'S OVERLAPPING WAR FOR THE FUTURE
Facebook moved the marker on this ambitious roadmap a little bit forward this week, with more details on how the social network will operate in its ideal virtual reality future. In a demo, Zuckerberg showed off "Social VR," using a combination of the Oculus Rift headset and a 360-degree camera to mash together virtual reality and the real world like never before.

FORMER NBC ENTERTAINMENT CHAIRMAN BEN SILVERMAN LAUNCHING NEW SHOW WITH APPLE
Since splitting with Barry Diller last year, producer Ben Silverman has become a popular partner for streaming video services. Silverman has a show with Apple called “Planet of the Apps,” presented by Gwyneth Paltrow, about the world of app development.

DID YAHOO CEO MARISSA MAYER ILLEGALLY FIRE MEN?
A Yahoo media executive fired from the internet company last year has filed a lawsuit claiming a job review process implemented by Chief Executive Marissa Mayer was used to cut men from executive ranks and lay them off illegally, court papers showed.

FUSION'S EDITORIAL STAFF LOOKS TO UNIONIZE
A majority of staffers have signed union cards to say they support the unionization effort, but the organizing committee is still collecting union cards, according to BuzzFeed, which was first to report on the unionization. Fusion is owned by Univision, which this summer bought several Gawker Media properties after a lawsuit prompted Gawker to hold a bankruptcy sale.

CBS SHAREHOLDERS MAY NOT WANT A JOIN UP WITH VIACOM
The reason a Viacom merger may not be attractive to CBS is that many of its assets are struggling. The Paramount movie studio in particular -- an asset Sumner Redstone has been unwilling to consider selling has struggled to deliver hits.

DISNEY WORLD RE-OPENS AFTER HURRICANE MATHEW
Hurricane Matthew is no longer a threat to Florida, and Central Florida's theme parks reopened to guests yesterday. Walt Disney, Universal Orlando parent Comcast  and SeaWorld Entertainment closed early on Thursday and all day on Friday ahead of the fierce windstorm. Disney and Universal Orlando also called off a couple of their big-ticket Halloween events on Thursday and Friday night. Everything is back to normal now, at least in terms of park operations.

BLOOMBERG MEDIA EXPANDS ITS MARKETING SERVICES, INSTALLS AGENCY VET STEVE FEULING AS GLOBAL HEAD
Bloomberg Media announced expanded marketing services capabilities, hiring agency veteran Steven Feuling from Dentsu Aegis Network to lead a strategic effort to become the leading partner to B2B clients around the world and those aiming to reach a premium audience. As the only global business brand reaching business decision makers at scale across every platform, Bloomberg Media has a unique opportunity to help brands program for this influential and elusive audience. Feuling, who was most recently CEO of the Dentsu Aegis agency Vizeum, starts on October 10th in New York. He will report to Bloomberg Media COO Jacki Kelley and work closely with Keith Grossman, Global CRO, and Amy Marks, Global Head of Advertising Sales Marketing.

SPEAKING OF BLOOMBERG, THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED A NEW GLOBAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE 
Starting Monday (TODAY), we will begin a new global programming lineup across TV and Radio with a flagship global morning show called Bloomberg Daybreak that will broadcast from Bloomberg’s regional hubs in Hong Kong, London and New York. Bloomberg Daybreak, provides a natural extension to the recently-launched Daybreak morning briefing for terminal customers, and our multi-platform approach allows our viewers and listeners to follow the latest market news and analysis on virtually any platform whenever and wherever they are in the world.

PETER THIEL THE MAN WHO TOOK DOWN GAWKER IS STILL DEMANDING RETRACTIONS
In recent months Thiel attorney Charles J. Harder has demanded the retraction of five different articles originally published by Gawker Media, ranging from Deadspin’s coverage of a publicly available lawsuit to Jezebel’s feature on a controversial group known as Superstar Machine. Harder has also personally threatened to sue John Cook, the executive editor of Gizmodo Media Group, over remarks Cook gave to another outlet. Gizmodo is publishing the threats today for the first time

CEO BOB IGER: DISNEY'S FUTURE IS IN VIDEO AND TECH
"Technology's tools are giving the consumer an ability to pick and choose and even price in a much more consumer-centric manner, so you have to embrace it because it's not going away. The biggest thing that we're trying to do now is figure out what technology's role is in distributing the great content that we have."

PUBLISHERS ARE GETTING PERSONAL
For years, marketers have dreamed of the day when they can communicate one-on-one with people on the internet. A growing number of publishers are sharing those dreams too, and they are investing heavily in making that happen. At the 2016 Media Technology Summit held on Oct. 6, publishers and marketers discussed how they can now tailor the messages, offers and content they serve to audiences, no matter which device they’re on.

ALIBABA BUYS STAKE IN SPIELBERG'S AMBLIN
Alibaba Pictures is buying a stake in Amblin Partners, the production outfit backed by Steven Spielberg, to work together on production, marketing and distribution both globally and in China. It’s the latest in a spree of deals over the past two years intended to help U.S. studios tap what could soon be the world’s largest box office.

FORMER FOX NEWS BOSS ROGER AILES DOESN'T EXIST IN ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE VIDEO TO THE CABLE NEWS NETWORK
21st Century Fox is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fox News without even mentioning its founder, Roger Ailes. The tribute appears on the website of 21st Century Fox, the cable news network’s parent company, and includes a brief video in which Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch look back on the world-beating organization that Ailes launched in 1996.

SNAPCHAT CONTINUES TO LEAN ON TRADITIONAL MEDIA EXECS, HIRES FORMER PRESIDENT OF NEW YORK POST
Snapchat has hired New York Post president David Brinker to a role leading business development for the company’s content division. The newspaper’s parent company, News Corp., indicated Thursday that they were losing Brinker, who is also a senior VP global business development at the conglomerate.

THOMSON REUTERS HIRING 400 PEOPLE, MOVING ITS CEO AND CFO TO TORONTO
Thomson Reuters said it plans to create a new technology center in Toronto by hiring 400 people over the next two years, and that its chief executive and chief financial officer will move to the Canadian city in 2017. CEO Jim Smith and CFO Stephane Bello currently work out of the company’s office in Stamford, Connecticut.

VICE MEDIA READIES NEW BUSINESS NEWS AND VIDEO VERTICAL
Vice Media is set to debut its finance and business news and video website, Vice Money, as the youth-targeted media company parlays its brand into another vertical category. The Vice Money channel will go live coinciding with the premiere of the daily “Vice News Tonight” show on HBO and the Vice News site relaunch.

WASHINGTON POST'S TRUMP TAPE POST IS THE MOST VIEWED WEB ARTICLE
Reporter David Fahrenthold’s story on the lewd tape featuring Donald Trump proved to be the most concurrently viewed article in the history of the Washington Post’s website; more than 100,000 people read it simultaneously at one point on Friday. The interest was so heavy that it briefly crashed the servers of the newspaper’s internal tracking system.

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