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8:50 AM ET, July 15, 2021


 Top News: 
Netflix hires ex-Facebook and EA exec Mike Verdu as VP of game development; source: Netflix plans to offer games as a new programming genre within the next year  —  Netflix Inc., marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will pay $1B to creators by the end of 2022; creators can earn money using Instagram or Facebook tools or by hitting milestones  —  Facebook is setting up a program to pay $1 billion to creators through the end of 2022, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook staff detail the fight over CrowdTangle, which notes top-engaging posts, often showing right-wing sources dominating; in April, its team was reassigned  —  Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users' high engagement levels with right-wing media sources.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Twitter says it will retire Fleets, its stories-like service, on August 3 after low adoption  —  A fleeting moment for Fleets  —  Say goodbye to Fleets, the row of fullscreen tweets at the top of the Twitter timeline that expire after 24 hours.  The ephemeral tweet format is shutting …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Profile of Tucker Carlson, including his elite upbringing, his years-long focus on racial grievance, and his top spot at Fox and the GOP information universe  —  Tucker Carlson huddled in a low-ceilinged dungeon that had served as a holding pen for Africans bound for enslavement in the United States.
Associated Press:
Renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries, who was shot last week in Amsterdam, has died  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Peter R. de Vries, the renowned Dutch crime reporter shot last week in a brazen attack in Amsterdam, has died, Dutch media reported Thursday citing a statement from his family.
Discussion: The Sun and The Independent
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India-based Inshorts, an aggregator app that summarizes news articles in 60 words, raises $60M, sources say at a $550M valuation  —  Indian startup Inshorts, which operates an eponymous news aggregator service, has raised $60 million in a new financing round as its two-year-old bet …
Joyce Karam / The National:
DOJ charges 4 Iranian intelligence officials with conspiracy to kidnap a US journalist, citizen, and activist of Iranian origin and forcibly take her to Tehran  —  Accused men monitored and planned to kidnap US citizen of Iranian origin and take her to Iran, officials say
Twitter says governments made 361 demands to remove content from 199 verified accounts of journalists and news outlets in H2 2020, up 26% from H1  —  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) saw a surge in demands over the course of last year from governments around the world to take down content posted …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
In an internal memo, ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro addresses the controversy involving Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols, calling it a “complicated personnel” matter  —  Jimmy Pitaro also addressed a controversy involving reporters Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols and noted that he's planning …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
In 18 months, Knewz went from a news aggregator with a dumb name to an inferior Drudge clone and lately a blog dedicated to OnlyFans coverage
Mason Walker / Pew Research Center:
US newsroom employment declined by 26% between 2008 and 2020; as the number of newspaper staff fell by 57%, employees at digital-native newsrooms rose 144%
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
As very few iOS users opt into tracking, Facebook's many advertisers are noticing a negative impact on tracking campaigns, targeting new customers, and more
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The Daily Beast:
Sources: Shep Smith's plunging ratings at CNBC, averaging just 197,000 viewers in June, have fostered internal turmoil, including “regular tantrums” from Smith
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media and News UK launch first-party data platforms, called Bauer Illuminate and Nucleus, as they prepare for a future without third-party cookies
Sebastian Payne / Financial Times:
Sources: BBC Parliament faces significant cuts, with staffing levels cut to single figures, as the corporation seeks £1B in savings by March 2022
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Profile of Disney's powerful chief communications officer for 19 years, Zenia B. Mucha, who will leave in 2022; she was paid $4.9M in total 2020 compensation