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2:55 PM ET, September 13, 2021

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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News' subscription streaming service Fox Nation acquires Cops, the reality TV show pulled off air last year amid the George Floyd protests  —  “Cops,” the reality TV series depicting law enforcement in action, was pulled off the air last year after 32 seasons amid the nationwide protests …
Rose Hill / Mirror:
Andrew Neil says he has resigned as chairman of GB News  —  Broadcaster Andrew Neil, 72, has said that he has decided to ‘cut back’ on a number of his work commitments  —  Andrew Neil has resigned as chairman on GB News, with the channel offering a statement following his sudden exit.
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Jake Kanter / The Times:
Sources: several top presenters and producers are considering leaving GB News, as its increasingly populist agenda divides the newsroom
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Litecoin spiked ~20% after several news outlets, including Reuters and CNBC, reported that Walmart would begin accepting it based on a fake press release  —  An apparently fake press release said the retailer would begin accepting the cryptocurrency  —  The Litecoin cryptocurrency saw …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff continues teasing out stories from powerful people in his new book Too Famous, while remaining light on source attributions  —  In his new book, the author of “Fire and Fury” continues his specialty: teasing out stories from men in power.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Former New York Post gossip columnist Richard Johnson says he is coming out of retirement to write a gossip column for the Daily News  —  In a throwback to the tabloid wars of yore, the famed (and feared) former New York Post scribe is ditching retirement to dish for the Daily News.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ViacomCBS is revamping Paramount Pictures' operations, which will see its movie and TV production arms run separately, the latter led by David Nevins  —  TV veteran David Nevins will oversee Paramount TV in new alignment  —  ViacomCBS Inc. is revamping the operations …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Three media companies linked to wealthy Chinese exile Guo Wengui, including GTV Media, reach a $539M+ settlement with SEC for offering unregistered securities  —  - The SEC has charged three media companies linked to wealthy Chinese exile Guo Wengui with illegal unregistered securities offerings.
Dan Rys / Billboard:
RIAA: music streaming revenue grew 26% YoY in H1 to $5.9B, comprising 84% of all revenue; paid sub revenue grew 26% to $4.6B, ad-supported grew 54% to $741M  —  Recorded music revenues in the United States in the first half of 2021 returned to double-digit growth a year after the pandemic slowed …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Live Nation resumes its delayed acquisition of a 51% stake in Mexico's largest concert provider Ocesa Entretenimiento for around $444M  —  Live Nation has resumed its acquisition of a 51% controlling interest in Ocesa Entretenimiento, a leading promoter in Latin America and owner of Ticketmaster Mexico …
 
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How WWL, a talk radio station, became a lifeline for New Orleans' powerless amid Hurricane Ida, with hosts sleeping in the station broadcasting at all hours
Chattanooga Times Free Press:
The Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee says it will give iPads to daily print subscribers as it goes digital-only six days a week by mid-2022
Lily Waddell / London Evening Standard:
Channel 4 strikes a deal with Amazon, reported to be worth seven figures, to share the broadcast of US Open final in the UK
 

 
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Andrew Williams / Wired:
Apple may not be bringing Apple Intelligence to iPhone 15, which has 6GB of RAM vs. iPhone 15 Pro's 8GB, due to RAM requirements for on-device AI processing

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple added a Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature in iOS 18 that lets users give Siri a new wake word, such as “hello, computer”

 
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