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1:00 PM ET, October 12, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
RISJ launches the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, which will provide access to experts and professional forums to help newsrooms with climate coverage  —  The project, funded by the European Climate Foundation, will provide members with unique access to leading experts, forums, and research
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NYT is testing NYT Audio, an app for its podcasts and audio versions of its articles plus those from other outlets available on NYT-owned Audm  —  ‘New York Times Audio’ will feature stories from the Times and others in bid to create new destination for listeners
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of leaked data from 4.9M Twitch accounts: the top 1% of streamers made over half of the money paid out in 2021, 3/4 made under $120, and more  —  The top 1% of paid streamers so far this year got over half of all revenue … Twitch streamer earnings this year
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fandango says Facebook has made Vudu the official movie and TV store for Oculus VR headsets  —  In the mood to watch a movie or binge a TV series via a headset strapped to your face?  You're in luck!  —  Vudu, Fandango's TV and movie digital storefront, is now available in an app …
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Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Over the past year, three Disney movies, designed to attract Chinese audiences, became embroiled in political controversies in the country  —  Three films including ‘Shang-Chi’ and ‘Mulan’ have been embroiled in political controversy.  Marvel's ‘Eternals’ is the latest.
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  —  Disney Studios chief creative officer Alan Horn will retire from the post effective Dec. 31 after nine years with the company, Horn announced Monday.
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.
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 …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery+ is launching in Canada on October 19 for $4.99/month CAD with ads and $6.99/month CAD without ads
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Patreon's Memberful, which helps manage subscriptions, debuts a newsletter feature that takes a 4.9% cut plus $25/month or $100/month depending on pricing plan
Lucy Knight / The Guardian:
Sally Rooney rejects an Israeli publisher's offer in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, will sell Hebrew rights in compliance with boycott guidelines
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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
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
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