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8:00 PM ET, September 22, 2021


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Sources: The Athletic has hired an investment bank to find a buyer at a price of $750M+, though the pub could still raise more money instead of selling  —  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  —  That appears to be the motto of The Athletic in its efforts to sell itself.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Leaked email: Tim Cook says recent leakers of info about Apple products and internal meetings “do not belong here” and the company is tracking them down  —  The CEO says the company is doing everything in its power to track down workers  —  Tim Cook sent an email …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Netflix says it has agreed to acquire the entire Roald Dahl Story Company catalog, expanding on a three-year deal to make animated shows, for an undisclosed sum  —  Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company and will expand their existing deal to create a universe spanning several formats.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says Apple's ATT changes will continue to cause headwinds in Q3 and reveals it under-reported iOS web conversions by 15% on average  —  Facebook said Wednesday that changes to Apple's new privacy terms will continue to cause headwinds for its ads business in the third quarter.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
YouTube is testing letting Premium subscribers download videos from its desktop site through October 19  —  Downloading content for playback later is most useful on mobile, where your connection quality is determined by your location.  But there are plenty of us whose home connection isn't so great either …
David Pierce / Protocol:
Read-later apps, pioneered by Instapaper and Pocket, are having a resurgence led by Matter, Upnext, and others, which improve discoverability and other features  —  The internet, as a reading experience, is mostly terrible.  The heavy pages riddled with ads and trackers, the unexpected pop-ups …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Critics say the intensity of reporting on Gabrielle Petito's disappearance and death once again highlights that missing people of color get less coverage  —  Major outlets have highlighted the case of Gabrielle Petito while often ignoring stories about women of color who go missing.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast unveils XiOne, its first streaming device, available to Sky Q customers in Italy and Germany and rolling out to Xfinity Flex customers in the US  —  Comcast has launched a new wireless streaming device — the XiOne — that will become the company's standard platform across the globe.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
NewsGuild releases a report on culture and harassment at Pittsburgh Guild, detailing multiple stories of harassment over the past 20 years  —  The report includes multiple stories of harassment at the Pittsburgh Guild over the past 20 years  —  The NewsGuild has proposed changes …
Corin Faife / The Markup:
Analysis: Facebook appears to be adding code to interfere with automated data collection of News Feed posts by journalists and researchers  —  The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform
The Daily Beast:
Trump sues NYT, three of its reporters, and his niece, Mary Trump, claiming they hatched a plot to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.”
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
NewsGuild says it is investigating the workplace culture at Gannett, starting with the issue of unpaid overtime work
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Viaplay, the streaming service owned by Scandinavia's NENT Group, says it plans to launch in the UK in 2022 and expand to 16 countries by end of 2023
Discussion: Digital TV Europe and Deadline
Financial Times:
Sony Pictures India agrees to invest $1.6B in a merger with Zee Entertainment, which would create one of India's biggest media conglomerates
Mollie Cahillane / Adweek:
Roku partners with Shopify for an app that lets Shopify merchants build and measure TV streaming ad campaigns
Discussion: MarTech, FierceVideo, ZDNet and Ad Age
 Earlier Picks: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo expands its Zeus Prime ad network, adding Ad Council, Dallas Morning News, and soon Graham Media Group; non-targeted ads will cost $9 per thousand views
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
ViacomCBS bundles Paramount+ and Showtime for a promotional price of $10/month with ads and $13/month without
Panyi Szabolcs / Direkt36:
Photojournalist Dániel Németh is the latest to join the list of Hungarian journalists surveilled using Pegasus spyware, very likely by state actors
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Fortune hires Alyson Shontell, previously the number two editor at Insider, as editor-in-chief, reporting to CEO Alan Murray starting October 6