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9:00 AM ET, September 23, 2021

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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.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: Netflix paid upwards of £500M to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company  —  The children's author's family, who were advised by bankers at Raine, have been paid “a little over” £500m to sell his literary estate to Netflix, Sky News can reveal.  —  City editor @MarkKleinmanSky
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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
The Information:
Sources: The Athletic has hired an investment bank to find a buyer at a price of $750M or more, though the outlet could still raise 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.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook details the types of posts that get demoted in News Feed, such as clickbait and spam, but stops short of saying exactly how a demotion works  —  A high-level look at what gets suppressed by Facebook's algorithm  —  The way that Facebook controls its News Feed is often controversial and largely opaque to the outside world.
Discussion: About Facebook
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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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
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
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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
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
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
ViacomCBS bundles Paramount+ and Showtime for a promotional price of $10/month with ads and $13/month without