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9:45 AM ET, October 8, 2021


 Top News: 
Rob Picheta / CNN:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, EIC of Russia's Novaya Gazeta, awarded the 2021 Nobel peace prize for efforts to safeguard freedom of expression  —  (CNN)The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.
Ozy received $5.7M in PPP loans, most of which was specifically earmarked for payroll, but former employees whose pay was cut say they didn't see the money  —  - Ozy Media, which is under fire after several reports detailed questionable business practices at the company, took two separate PPP loans for a total of $5.7 million.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Ozy solicited investors this year by claiming GV, formerly Google Ventures, was going to lead a new funding round, though no such offer was made  —  Ozy Media might have a securities fraud situation that has nothing to do with its infamous conference call.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google and YouTube say they will prohibit ads and monetization on content that denies climate change, starting next month  —  Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments.
The Marshall Project:
Marshall Project founder Neil Barsky is stepping down as board chair but will remain an adviser to the organization; Liz Simons will be the new board chair  —  Neil Barsky, founder of The Marshall Project, is stepping down as the organization's board chair after seven years.
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Survey: 36% of Americans have a great or fair deal of trust in mass media, the second lowest on record, while 34% have no trust at all  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36% …
Twitch Blog:
Twitch says a server configuration change left data exposed on the internet and let a third-party access its data  —  [10:30PM PT] We have learned that some data was exposed to the internet due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.
Sarah Krouse / The Information:
Sources: Google is working on Big Moments, a Search feature that contextualizes and highlights the most authoritative facts about major events in real time  —  Google is trying to learn a tough job that news editors around the world do everyday: curating information about breaking news.
Discussion: @tomgara
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
In a letter, over 100 prominent Latin American figures urge NYT's publisher to keep producing Spanish-written opinion journalism for its NYT en Español division  —  Over 100 prominent figures in Latin America are urging The New York Times' publisher to not stop publishing Spanish …
Kate Marino / Axios:
Discussion: @matthewstoller and @axios
Steve Anderson / The Streamable:
Kantar: paid streaming service churn was at 6% in Q2 2021, down from Q1's 8%; Netflix and Amazon Prime Video were lowest at 4%, while Peacock was at 13%  —  Churn is pretty much inevitable for streaming services.  As viewers consume new content and find themselves less than enthralled …
Discussion: MediaPost
Sources: Blackstone is in talks with Merck Mercuriadis, a former Beyoncé manager who runs UK-based Hipgnosis, to create a ~$1B fund to buy music copyrights  —  - Buyout firm may give $1 billion in firepower to buy copyrights  — Former Beyoncé manager behind booming market for song catalogs
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and Hits Daily Double
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Ben Hunte / VICE:
Sources: BBC won't renew membership in a diversity program run by LGBTQ charity Stonewall, which provides advice on creating an inclusive environment
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Webrazzi, a Turkish outlet that covers tech startups, acquires, a tech startup site founded in 2013 by a TechCrunch alum
Tom Warren / The Verge:
UK's Sky unveils Sky Glass, a 4K TV in 43", 55", or 65" that uses Wi-Fi instead of satellite dishes, available as a standalone or as part of Sky Ultimate TV
Eric Berger / Ars Technica:
A new Russian law essentially bans a variety of space topics for reporters and bloggers, likely reducing coverage of Roscosmos within the country
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Yashraj Sharma / Rest of World:
Instagram usage exploded in India after the TikTok ban, but the creator economy is still devastated, and critics say Reels content is comparatively bland
Todd Spangler / Variety:
IAC's digital publishing arm Dotdash acquires Meredith, publisher of People and other magazines, in a $2.7B all-cash deal
Twitter is selling mobile ad subsidiary MoPub to AppLovin for $1.05B, after acquiring it for nearly $350M in 2013
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Brandon Silverman, the founder and CEO of the Facebook-owned analytics tool CrowdTangle, is leaving the company; team members were reassigned several months ago
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