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11:40 AM ET, October 9, 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.
Shashank Bengali / New York Times:
Novaya Gazeta, founded in 1993 and jointly owned by Gorbachev, a banker, and the newspaper's staff, has seen six of its reporters killed under Putin  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitri Muratov are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Ex-staffers say Ozy built subscriber lists by taking lists from other news pubs through one-time deals, buying brokers' lists, and blocking unsubscribe actions  —  Ozy Media boasts an audience of more than 26 million subscribers for its newsletters, but former employees say this is another example …
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
The Daily Beast:
The Wrap CEO Sharon Waxman is accused of creating a toxic workplace by current and ex-staffers; Waxman commits to hiring outside experts to address concerns  —  ‘SCARIEST PERSON’ … TheWrap's founder, CEO, and editor has created a toxic workplace culture, said 20 current and former staffers.
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 …
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  —  Russia on Friday designated the Bellingcat investigative news outlet a “foreign agent” along with nine people who work …
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 …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Tampa Bay Times, with ~120 newsroom employees, is asking for donations to honor specific staffers, publicly showing donor names, amounts, and journalists' names  —  Is that okay?  For the Tampa Bay Times, it's an experiment at a time when local news desperately tries to hang on.
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.
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.
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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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google and YouTube say they will prohibit ads and monetization on content that denies climate change, starting next month