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4:00 PM 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.
Janine Gibson / Financial Times:
Interview with Andrew Neil on choosing GB News over News UK TV offer because of the chairmanship, how his relationship with GB News soured, and more  —  When Andrew Neil agrees to Lunch with the FT and suggests the Hari Hotel as our venue, he knows full well that I have read the leaked emails …
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
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube says it will stop making year-end Rewind videos, after canceling the 2020 edition due to the pandemic  —  YouTube kindly stops rewinding  —  YouTube Rewind — the company's annual year-end round-up of trends, creators, memes, and the most popular videos on the site …
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.
Jonathan Greig / ZDNet:
Google announces new efforts to protect journalists and high-risk users from cyberattacks, including providing over 10,000 free security keys through 2021  —  The announcement comes one day after the Google TAG team alerted journalists and high-risk groups that could be targets to ongoing attacks.
Discussion: The Keyword and TechCrunch
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Google says Chrome's Follow button, for sites that support RSS, is now available to all Android users  —  Google hasn't completely given up on RSS.  Earlier this year, it started testing a Follow button in Chrome on Android, which allows users to get updates from websites on the new tab page.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Profile of Sherrese Clarke Soares, as she launches HarbourView Equity to invest in music rights and other media assets, backed by up to $1B from Apollo  —  Sherrese Clarke Soares, the founder of HarbourView Equity Partners, is a Black woman approaching the high-stakes world of catalog sales from a different perspective.
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Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Russia labels Bellingcat a foreign agent along with nine people, including a staffer of the BBC's Russian service and reporters for RFE/RL and its affiliates
Discussion: The Guardian
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Twitch Blog:
Twitch says a server configuration change left data exposed on the internet and let a third-party access its data
Todd Spangler / Variety:
IAC's digital publishing arm Dotdash acquires Meredith, publisher of People and other magazines, in a $2.7B all-cash deal
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