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5:45 AM ET, September 24, 2021


 Top News: 
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Barry Diller's IAC is in talks to buy Meredith, publisher of People, Real Simple, InStyle, and other magazines, in a $2.5B+ deal  —  Deal would add titles including People, Better Homes & Gardens and Allrecipes to IAC's stable of online lifestyle publications
Pew Research Center:
Pew: US adults who in April '20 said they relied most on national news and public health bodies for COVID-19 news are among the most highly vaccinated Americans  —  Americans who relied most on former President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force for COVID-19 news …
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
The mainstream press, which continues to disregard the gravity of Trump's efforts to overturn democracy, isn't ready for his potential third run  —  The date was September 23, 2020, and President Donald Trump had just finished delivering a short set of remarks in the White House's briefing room.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson gets more explicit in invoking replacement theory, a white nationalist concept that Lachlan Murdoch previously said Carlson rejected  —  It's hard to imagine the sort of desperation and fear that would prompt people to abandon their homes and neighborhoods …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Recording: GMA producer told staff that Disney isn't pursuing an independent investigation into its handling of sexual assault allegations against Michael Corn  —  ABC President Kim Godwin called for external probe last month; top staffer said Disney executive Peter Rice won't pursue one
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Discord is testing Watch Together, a feature that lets members broadcast YouTube videos, after Google forced the shutdown of two popular music bots on Discord  —  Discord music returns, kind of  —  Discord is starting to test YouTube integration, just weeks after Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Q&A with Indian Express Online CEO Sanjay Sindhwani as the paper readies a metered paywall for its main site, which has about 100M+ monthly unique users  —  Before the Covid-19 crisis shook up the global news industry, Indian Express Online chief executive Sanjay Sindhwani believed …
Discussion: @pressgazette
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.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Appeals court rules Section 230 doesn't preclude PA's “right of publicity” law, after a news anchor sued Facebook for showing a dating ad with her image  —  Siding against Facebook, a federal appellate panel has revived Philadelphia news anchor Karen Hepp's claim that the company violated …
Danny Parisi / Glossy:
A look at Wirecutter's push into style, following a soft launch of a style section in early 2021, starting with broad guides that don't focus heavily on trends  —  The New York Times' Wirecutter is known for its rigorous, comprehensive product guides for everything from phones and computers to air conditioners and vacuum cleaners.
Martha Muir / Financial Times:
Researchers: as social networks clamp down on disinformation, Russia has begun spreading propaganda in comments sections on news outlets, such as Daily Mail  —  Online sites test new methods as social media platforms try to scrub their platforms of propaganda
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Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
Twitter Canada froze far-right candidate Maxime Bernier's account after he told his 160K followers to “play dirty” with reporters who asked about his supporters
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google expands its Google TV app beyond the US to 14 countries, including the UK and Germany, and adds an in-app Android TV remote
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Bob Chapek says Disney plans to get “aggressive” about expanding its sports wagering services, by striking licensing deals with gambling operators through ESPN
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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

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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

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