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2:30 PM ET, October 6, 2021


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John Shiffman / Reuters:
Review of court records details AT&T's role in creating and funding OANN; 90% of OANN's revenue comes from contracts with DirecTV and other AT&T services  —  As it lauded former President Donald Trump and spread his unfounded claims of election fraud, One America News Network saw its viewership jump.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Disney's CEO transition, as Bob Iger lingers while successor Bob Chapek provokes anxiety due to his lack of creative background and data-driven approach  —  Eighteen months into media's most consequential transition, Disney's respected ex-CEO lingers while successor Bob Chapek provokes creative anxiety …
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Case study: the collapse of one Iowa newspaper, replaced by community Facebook groups full of rumors and angry takes on national political news  —  The grain elevator exploded on a cool April morning in 1987, six years before I was born.  My father was testing a clay sample in a lab two miles away when suddenly the dial jumped.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap expands Snapchat creator monetization programs, including Spotlight Challenges, which pays $25K+ to creators using specific sounds, topics, or AR lenses  —  Snap is rolling out new ways for Snapchat creators to make money on the app — part of the company's efforts to keep …
Chris Scullion / Video Games Chronicle:
Twitch acknowledges a “breach” after a 4chan user leaks its source code, creator payouts from 2019-2021, proprietary SDKs, internal AWS services, and more  —  SOURCE CODES AND USER PAYOUTS AMONG THE DATA RELEASED IN A 128GB TORRENT  —  An anonymous hacker claims to have leaked …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it will let Anchor podcast creators in the US apply to join its programmatic ad marketplace Spotify Audience Network  —  Earlier this year, Spotify introduced its new audio advertising marketplace, the Spotify Audience Network, which allows advertisers to reach audiences across …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Bustle relaunches Mic for a young, “extremely online” audience, with more pop culture coverage and less politics  —  Under new ownership, the online publication aimed at younger readers unveiled a revamped version of itself on Wednesday.  —  Mic, an online magazine that was known …
Discussion: @katie_robertson
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Daily Mail Online ran a lawyer's full tweet thread as a sidebar to another story, then after he complained, put the tweets into the main story and paid him  —  On Tuesday Adam Wagner, a British human rights lawyer and law professor, wrote a tweet thread in response to a BBC article …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Sources: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 are developing a joint streaming service to defend against US tech giants and a planned UK overhaul of TV laws  —  - BBC and rivals devise common platform to ensure prominence  — HBO Max, Sky smart-TV launch turn up heat on European media
Discussion: @mattnavarra
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Fox says its ad-supported weather streaming service, Fox Weather, will launch on October 25  —  Fox Weather will launch on Oct. 25, Fox News Media announced Wednesday.  The 24/7, ad-supported streamer will be Fox News Media's eighth platform, joining Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Nation, Fox Books and more.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FOI: four BBC journalists were formally disciplined over their social media use during Tim Davie's first year as DG, when he introduced the new guidelines
The New York Times Company:
Blake Hounshell, currently a Politico managing editor, will join NYT to build a team for its On Politics newsletter
Ethan Millman / Rolling Stone:
Tina Turner sells her music rights and more to BMG, which calls the deal its single largest artist acquisition yet; Warner Music will remain her record company
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
The Dallas Morning News rejects a political PAC's ad that criticized Dallas-based AT&T for donating to politicians who backed a strict Texas anti-abortion bill
[Thread] The Appeal starts a weekly newsletter and says its news site about the criminal legal system will relaunch as a worker-led nonprofit in November
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Profile of Matt Swider, US EIC of TechRadar, who went from 8,000 Twitter followers in January 2020 to over 950K by sharing tips on how to buy a PlayStation 5
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Twitter is shutting down Scroll in about 30 days, rolling the ad-free subscription web service into Twitter Blue as Ad-Free Articles
New York Times:
Ozy investor LifeLine sues the outlet, claiming it failed to disclose pertinent information in February, prior to LifeLine's $2M+ investment