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9:55 AM ET, November 2, 2019


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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Deadspin's entire editorial staff has now resigned; G/O Media says the company is recruiting new staff  —  Deadspin is dead, for the time being.  —  The site is now without any editors or writers — after a staff revolt that erupted this week when parent company G/O Media demanded …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Deadspin is the latest site to undergo “The Mavening”, where owners hollow out trusted outlets, a trend that has been particularly deadly for sportswriting  —  Deadspin staffers resigned this week after a dispute with management.  Like so many other publications, the future will bring an undead version of the site.
Megan Greenwell / @megreenwell:
Former Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell says the site no longer employs a single writer or editor  —  And with that, it's over. Deadspin no longer employs a single writer or editor. I am gutted but so very proud of this group of people. Deadspin was a good website.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Deadspin got a new freelance contributor, Alan Goldsher, on Friday, but then he quickly quit too following backlash to his tweet announcing his new gig  —  By Friday, every editor and writer was gone from Deadspin, but the sports-culture site chugged along, sort of, by posting previously-submitted contributor content.
Drew Magary:
Drew Magary, “cheerfully profane sports blogger at-large”, resigns from Deadspin
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Deadspin imploded after a long buildup of resentment between journalists and new bosses, with almost entire staff resigning by Thursday
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An explanation of “data voids” in search, based on a Data & Society report, and how understanding them is vital for journalists especially amid breaking news  —  One day fifteen long years ago, in 2004, some SEO consultants decided to have a contest to determine quién …
Discussion: Data & Society and @scribulatora
Sources: CFIUS has launched a review of ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of, as TikTok didn't seek clearance from CFIUS during the acquisition  —  NEW YORK/BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance …
Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
Sources: The Chernin Group is exploring the sale of Barstool Sports to a gambling operator  —  The Chernin Group is exploring the sale of Barstool Sports to a gambling operator, two sources have told The Big Lead.  One source said talks were in advanced stages (as always with these things …
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: NBCUniversal is considering making its ad-supported Peacock streaming service free for everyone, with an ad-free tier available for subscribers  —  - NBC is considering giving away the ad-supported version of its streaming service Peacock for free to everyone, sources say.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Theater chain owners upset at Netflix after talks stalled over short theater run for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which will be weeks shorter than standard  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix and the owners of the major theater chains could have made a lot of money together, if only they had seen eye to eye on the release of “The Irishman.”
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Twitter's ban on political and issue ads will let companies advertise things like fossil fuel-based products but ban ads from activists advocating against them  —  The company's feel-good decision is already a mess.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Wednesday that the company …
The Logic:
Canada's The Logic, focusing on business, tech, policy, and culture, has raised CAD$1.8M in seed financing from Postmedia, Relay Ventures, and angel investors  —  The Logic today announced it has raised $1.8 million (CAD) in seed financing from Postmedia, Relay Ventures and angel investors.
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