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12:25 AM ET, September 29, 2021


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Ozy brands itself as identifying people who will be famous and influential ahead of other outlets, but a close examination shows the claim is untrue  —  Does the site's “signature ahead-of-the-curve coverage” really uncover “the new, the next, rising stars, new trends, that kind of stuff”?
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Ozy Media's board of directors has hired a law firm to review the company's business practices and has asked COO Samir Rao to take a leave of absence  —  Board said it asked COO Samir Rao to take leave of absence during investigation  —  The board of directors of online news magazine Ozy Media …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Netflix acquires its first game studio, Night School Studio, which was founded by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines in 2014 and is best known for the game Oxenfree  —  A new GamesBeat event is around the corner!  Learn more about what comes next.  —  Netflix has acquired its first game studio …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
CNN restricts access to its Facebook Pages in Australia after a ruling that makes news organizations legally liable for comments on their Facebook posts  —  Company said it wants to avoid liability for user comments following Australian court ruling  —  CNN said it has restricted access …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Former press secretary Stephanie Grisham says Trump asked her to research ways to permanently evict the press from the Brady Briefing Room  —  The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.”  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Report: NBCUniversal asked YouTube TV to bundle Peacock as a condition for access to NBC channels, and Google objected; the current contract expires on Thursday  —  YouTube TV could lose NBC channels when contract expires Thursday.  —  NBCUniversal recently asked YouTube TV to bundle Peacock …
Catie Keck / The Verge:
At Code Conference, Ted Sarandos shares viewership data for Netflix's top 10 series and movies; 82M accounts watched Bridgerton and 99M watched Extraction  —  A rare look at Netflix's viewing data  —  During this year's Code conference, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos shared …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: in town hall meeting, Group Nine Media says it expects to be profitable this year for the first time, reach $200M+ in revenue, and add 100+ jobs  —  Group Nine Media told staff in a company-wide meeting last week that the company expects to be profitable this year …
Alec Karakatsanis / @equalityalec:
[Thread] NYT's recent reporting on crime engages in the common media practice of relying on police and police consultants as the only experts on policing  —  Last week, NYT published a major story that suggested falsely that police prevent murder and that one reason for increased murders during a global pandemic was civil rights criticism of police! The NYT did not disclose that the reporter was former CIA/Palantir/police/DA paid.
Capital Gazette:
Judge sentences Capital Gazette gunman to five life terms without parole for killing five people in newsroom shooting  —  An Anne Arundel County judge on Tuesday sentenced the man who blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom and killed five people to six life sentences …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A deal between IAC and Meredith, merging IAC's Dotdash and Meredith's magazines, could create one of the largest food, home, and lifestyle media companies  —  A deal between IAC, the internet holding company led by media mogul Barry Diller, and Meredith Corp., the magazine giant …
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