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10:10 AM ET, September 30, 2019

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Chernin Group buys a majority stake in Food52 for $83M, valuing the ecommerce and media startup which offers recipes and home-improvement tips at $100M+  —  Food52, a media and e-commerce business, was founded by food journalists from the New York Times
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Leaked messages show the complaint that led to BBC disciplining Naga Munchetty was also about her co-host, Dan Walker, despite the BBC saying otherwise  —  Exclusive: Walker also subject of original complaint - but BBC standards chief claimed only Munchetty was targeted  —  Play Video
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The Guardian:
BBC faces a growing backlash for censuring presenter Naga Munchetty for her response to racism; Ofcom to review her words against its own broadcasting code  —  Corporation faces staff revolt over response to presenter's Donald Trump remarks  —  The BBC is facing a growing crisis over its decision …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC defends Munchetty censure, saying it applied to her discussion of Trump's motivations for his racist comments, though she didn't directly call him racist
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
How a 20-year-old junior at Arizona State University broke the news of the resignation of Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, in the school's student newspaper  —  An editor at Arizona State University's student newspaper beat everyone else to the news that Kurt Volker had stepped down.
Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, made $7B-$8.4B in revenue in H1 2019, and posted a profit in June after operating at a loss in H1 2019  —  BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok and one of the world's most valuable unicorns …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's John Stankey says DirecTV is rethinking its exclusive deal for NFL's Sunday Ticket package, which ends in 2022; sources: DirecTV loses $500M+/year on it  —  AT&T executive questions growth potential of football package; says the longtime cornerstone could be ‘less critical to the business over time’
Joe Otterson / Variety:
ICM Partners COO Justin Dearborn and HR Chief Cindy Ballard resigned from the talent agency this week, will remain onboard through the end of the year  —  Two top executives are out at ICM Partners.  —  Chief operating officer Justin Dearborn and chief human resources officer Cindy Ballard are leaving …
Discussion: @palewire and The Wrap
Poynter:
Global Disinformation Index study finds that adtech companies spend ~$235M per year running ads on sites found by fact-checkers to publish misinformation  —  How misinformation makes money  —  There has been much written about how fake news websites and other sources make money from spreading misinformation.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Financial Times has closed a WhatsApp group through which it shared one free story about markets per day, both to subscribers and non-subscribers  —  The Financial Times has closed its Whatsapp group through which it shared one free markets story per day with individuals who had signed up.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Talking Biz News
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
PEN America says the country's largest book ban is in state and federal prisons where book restrictions are “often opaque, subject to little meaningful review”  —  George Orwell, John Updike and Barack Obama are among the names PEN America says have been illogically withheld from prisoners
 
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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