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5:50 PM ET, October 29, 2020


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Glenn Greenwald / Greenwald:
Glenn Greenwald quits The Intercept, saying its editors refused to publish a post unless he removed parts critical of Biden; he will now publish on Substack  —  The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed …
Glenn Greenwald / Greenwald:
Glenn Greenwald publishes his email exchange with Intercept editors about his Biden story, which he says precipitated his resignation  —  Given The Intercept's vehement denials, readers are entitled to see for themselves what the truth is: transparency journalism with integrity requires.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Netflix increases pricing for standard plan by $1 to $14/month and premium tier by $2 to $18/month; basic plan will remain $9/month  —  The basic plan will remain $9 a month  —  Netflix is introducing price hikes for its US subscribers today, increasing its standard plan to $14 a month and its premium tier to $18 a month.
BBC issues social media guidelines prohibiting staff from criticizing colleagues, “virtue signaling”, and expressing personal opinions on public policy, more  —  The BBC has issued new guidance on social media usage, which will force staff to maintain impartiality.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Though media coverage of Biden's chances is cautious, recent Trump scandals are getting little coverage likely because outlets think he won't win  —  You can teach old journalists the occasional new trick, but two?  Forget it.  —  The 2016 election persuaded the press to avoid publicly presuming …
Jeremy B. Merrill / The Markup:
Facebook's opaque ad system charged Trump and Biden different prices for ads, even when they targeted the same demographic, a practice that's illegal for US TV  —  In swing states, Biden paid average ad rates of $34 compared with Trump's average of $17 in July and August
Discussion: @rob_flaherty and Politico
Roisin O'Connor / The Independent:
Spotify comes under criticism after Joe Rogan interviewed Alex Jones in a three-hour episode of his podcast on Tuesday; Jones was banned from Spotify in 2018  —  Jones was banned from Spotify, as well as Facebook, Apple and YouTube, in 2018  —  Spotify is under fire after Joe Rogan invited …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC's Nightly News: Kids to debut on traditional TV after months streaming online, as ViacomCBS reboots Nick News and CNN partners with Sesame Workshop
Discussion: TVNewser
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify had total Q3 revenue of €1.97B, up 14% YoY, ARPU of €4.19, down 10% YoY, with 320M MAUs, up 29% YoY, and 144M paying subscribers, up 27% YoY
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Profile of Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust & safety, who sources say led it to a tougher line on speech, including a ban on political ads
New York Times:
In a Senate hearing on Section 230, Republican senators said tech companies were censoring conservative views; Democrats called the hearing a political sham
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Burl Gilyard / Twin Cities Business:
Star Tribune abruptly shuts City Pages, a 40-year-old alt weekly in Minneapolis, citing the pandemic and without seeking a buyer
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
CNN contributor and former DHS COS Miles Taylor reveals he is Anonymous, the senior Trump admin official who wrote a NYT column in 2018 and book in 2019