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7:45 PM ET, September 16, 2021

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Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Music-annotating startup Genius sells its assets to MediaLab for $80M; MediaLab says it will cut some jobs in original content production teams  —  The sale price is less than the total funding raised.  —  Music-annotating startup Genius Media Group Inc., a site that drew attention in part …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A few people called Genius the future of journalism, but its vision of simply adding boxes for comment on others' work was emblematic of its founders' arrogance  —  Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can't control.
Wenxin Fan / Wall Street Journal:
China erased Zhao Wei, its biggest movie star who had 86M Weibo followers, from its internet on August 26, amid a clampdown on its entertainment industry  —  Zhao Wei was the Reese Witherspoon of China, then she was censored by the Communist Party amid a clampdown of the country's entertainment industry
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Mark Scott / Politico:
A look at EU Reporter, which portrays itself as an independent media organization while regularly failing to add disclosures to paid-for content  —  Brussels news outlet EU Reporter's blend of corporate press releases, original news and paid-for content makes it impossible for readers to determine who's behind the coverage.
News UK:
Piers Morgan is joining News Corp and Fox News, where he will have a TV show in early 2022, and will also be a columnist at The Sun and the New York Post  —  - New global TV show will air on weeknights in the UK, USA and Australia;  — Morgan will publish two weekly columns online for the New York Post and The Sun;
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 8th Circuit's bizarre decision greenlighting a lawsuit over a Ryan Lizza tweet about Devin Nunes sets a dangerous precedent for defamation claims  —  Rep. Devin Nunes has kept up his suing news organizations (and satirical internet cows).  He has been mostly losing.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rejects Devin Nunes' defamation suit over a 2018 Esquire article, but says he may have been libeled when a reporter tweeted out the story in 2019
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
The SCOTUS press corps, dominated by older white men, has actively denied the court's shift to the right, clearly shown by extremist shadow docket decisions  —  The conservative takeover of the Court is putting traditional legal media to the test.  The results are not encouraging.
BBC:
Two men have been charged in the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee and are expected to appear in court on Friday  —  Two men have been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.  —  Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry's Creggan estate in April 2019.
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Catie Keck / The Verge:
A judge has ordered the permanent shutdown of Locast, a nonprofit that streamed broadcast channels for free while frequently prompting viewers for donations  —  Things looked bad for Locast before, and they just got even worse.  A judge this week permanently prohibited streamer Locast …
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News UK:
News UK announces the launch of talkTV, a linear and OTT channel featuring news, opinion, and sports shows, in early 2022  —  News UK is to launch a new channel, talkTV, in early 2022.  —  The channel will be streamed live and made widely available on all platforms including linear TV …
 
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