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8:00 AM ET, October 12, 2021

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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: Netflix suspended three employees, including a trans employee who criticized Dave Chappelle in a viral tweet, for crashing a top executive meeting  —  Terra Field, a senior software engineer for the streamer based in San Francisco, was among those suspended late last week for attending the …
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Despite going all in on streaming with Disney+, Disney plans to keep ESPN tied to cable bundles, its biggest revenue driver  —  - Disney's strategic move into streaming conflicts with ESPN's business, which profits handsomely from linear TV.  — ESPN probably won't consider a direct …
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
A look at the rise of “ampliganda”, where the public participates in shaping perception via amplification, as trust shifts away from legacy media to influencers  —  One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at a decades-old argument between two journalists who worked at The Boston Globe, and how its core question on the role of objectivity remains relevant  —  A writer for an alt-weekly called out a Boston Globe editor for his “fealty” to the idea of objectivity in a column that reads as if it were written yesterday.
Matthew Belloni / Puck:
Leaked contract shows Hits magazine offers positive coverage for $150K per year; sources: major talent agencies and labels routinely pay  —  I'm no Pollyanna when it comes to the trade press.  But I've never seen a quid pro quo as explicit as this proposed contract sent to a major talent agency.
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The Daily Beast:
ShotSpotter, which detects potential gunshots and alerts police, sues Vice for $300M for defamation over articles questioning its practices and effectiveness  —  SpotShooter alleged in a new complaint that Vice “deliberately” misrepresented the efficacy and implications of their hidden microphone surveillance systems.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds an Audio hub to its app in the US, featuring podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio, and rolls out Live Audio Rooms globally  —  Facebook is expanding its investment in audio initiatives with the launch of a new “Audio” destination in its mobile app in the U.S. …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
Interview with Chicago Public Media's CEO and WBEZ's CCO about the planned Chicago Sun-Times acquisition; they expect 40-50 job openings by the end of 2021  —  Will the Deal Be a National Model?  Public Radio Station's Execs Weigh In  —  Chicago Public Media, parent of one of the most …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Heavyweight, one of the longest-running Gimlet Media shows, will become a Spotify exclusive next month, two years after Spotify acquired Gimlet  —  While Patreon is exploring original podcasts  —  This story is part of a group of stories called  —  Hello again, welcome to the first week of October.
 
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Politico:
Draft EU Commission proposals, set to be unveiled on Nov. 23, would compel Google and Facebook to share data on how political groups target ads or face fines
Diane Haithman / The Wrap:
Alan Horn, chief creative officer and former chairman of Disney Studios Content, announces his retirement effective Dec. 31, after nine years with the company
ABC:
Current and ex-staffers say Sony Music's global head office knew about alleged abuse in the Australia office for almost 40 years but failed to take action
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The Information:
Sources: Epic Games is considering launching a scripted video division, with plans including a film based on Fortnite
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix and Walmart partner to launch a Walmart.com digital storefront, called Netflix Hub, to sell Stranger Things and Squid Game merch
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian authorities drop charges against a man featured in NYT's “Caliphate” podcast series, after he said in court his tales of fighting for ISIS were made up
Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of 324 US papers with <50K circulation: 49% say the number of stories they produce has risen since 2016; 62% say social media has become more important
Andrew Sheeler / Sacramento Bee:
California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a law giving journalists unrestricted access to protests and demonstrations closed off by the police