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10:50 AM ET, October 15, 2021


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Jason Hancock / Missouri Independent:
Missouri's governor vows to prosecute a reporter he labeled a hacker after the reporter alerted the state to a website flaw that exposed teachers' SSNs  —  On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators …
Discussion: @govparsonmo, @govparsonmo, Washington Post, Washington Post, @johnleschen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, @govparsonmo, The Verge, @evacide, Metacurity, @aman4allsaisons, Techdirt, NPR, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, @hayesbrown, @davidcayj, @profcarroll, @wongmjane, @bengoerz, @greg_doucette, @arkansasblog, @rcfp, @quinnypig, @bengoerz, @racheltobac, @racheltobac, @aishas, @jeremiahg, @dataeditor, @tonylovasco, @k8em0, @digiphile, @albertocairo, @greg_doucette, @tessa_weinberg, @hacks4pancakes, @laura_nelson, @jamiedupree, @webster, @mattdpearce, @harrymccracken, Newser, @manjusrii, @hacks4pancakes, @shanselman, @hacks4pancakes, @infosec_taylor,, @dangillmor, @jeremiahg, @wbm312, @rachelwalexande, @webster, @jonrosenberg, @patio11, @mat, @snlyngaas, @mattblaze, @helenkennedy, @spj_tweets, @vickerysec, @kurteichenwald, @jgamblin, @dangillmor, @jdmar3, @sarhutch, @gamescan, @pry0cc, @sarhutch, @marissaaevans, @malwaretechblog, @jgamblin, @litmoose, @jeremiahg, @govparsonmo, @gabrieljr, @losowsky, @jadelson, @properlyzuri, @jadelson, @charlesminshew, @jeffstone500, @capitolwatch, @mackenziehuck, @jaspar, CNN, @markberman, @petersterne, @averygwilks, @totally_t_bomb, @celestebott, @ilanakeller, @westbywest, @codysandusky, @hootnhollerpod, @hootnhollerpod, @swiftonsecurity, @sengregrazer, @jribas, ZDNet, @allie_kite, @fakebenjay, @mtdukes, @charlesminshew, @mtdukes, @armystrang, @sdkstl, Mediaite, Robots In Plain English, Rolling Stone, The Hill, Engadget and Boing Boing
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Alden's treatment of outlets is utterly predatory; rivals like Stewart Bainum's all-digital Baltimore Banner, to launch next year, could provide an alternative  —  The Tribune Tower rises above the streets of downtown Chicago in a majestic snarl of Gothic spires and flying buttresses that were designed to exude power and prestige.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft is shutting down the Chinese version of LinkedIn and replacing it with a job board stripped of social media features or news  —  LinkedIn cites challenging operating environment, as retreat marks the biggest departure from China by a major tech company in years
David Bauder / Associated Press:
News Leaders Association extends deadline for its survey about newsroom staff diversity to Oct. 31, as it's received less than 250 responses and hopes for 1,500  —  NEW YORK (AP) — More than a year after George Floyd's killing focused attention on efforts to diversify newsrooms, the ability to measure real progress is proving elusive.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Axios HQ, Axios' SaaS tools to teach companies to write in its short style, has earned $1M from licensing, $2M from professional services, and has 150 clients  —  Axios has spun up a seven-figure software licensing business in less than a year.  —  In February, Axios launched Axios HQ …
Brent Lang / Variety:
IATSE, the union representing backstage movie and TV workers, says that unless an agreement is reached, its 60K members will go on strike starting October 18  —  Negotiations to prevent a strike that could bring the film and television production business to its knees are going down to the wire.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters launches a $100M fund to invest in early stage companies that serve business audiences in news media, law, tax and accounting  —  Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.TO) is launching a $100 million venture capital fund to invest in early stage companies that serve professional audiences in the legal …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @rafat
Ax Sharma / Ars Technica:
A US hacker says he built a network of “news” sites and Facebook Groups in 2015 to push bogus stories after a company hired him to “stop Hillary Clinton”  —  He was hired to build a fake news op but now wants to put things right.  —  This is the story of the mastermind behind …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Ted Sarandos' memo to all Netflix staff on Chappelle's show: “We have a strong belief that content on screen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm”  —  Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix reinstates a trans employee and two others suspended for crashing a top executive meeting; trans staffers still plan to walk out on October 20
Los Angeles Times:
Court docs: in 2011, ESPN's Adam Schefter referred to Washington Football Team exec Bruce Allen as “Mr. Editor” and sought feedback on an unpublished story  —  Several inflammatory emails by Jon Gruden were filed as exhibits in federal court by attorneys for Washington Football …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:   ESPN's Adam Schefter says he was wrong to send a full story draft about an NFL labor lockout in 2011 to Bruce Allen, a top executive of Washington Football Team
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Netflix is launching the Netflix Book Club, videos on Facebook and YouTube highlighting books it is adapting into series and films, starting November 16  —  Netflix has unveiled a virtual book club that will highlight titles it's adapting into series and films.
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
NYT's Michael Grynbaum sells Empire of the Elite, a book on the history of Condé Nast to Simon & Schuster  —  The New York Times' Michael Grynbaum has sold a book on the history of Condé Nast to Simon & Schuster, Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  The tome will be called “Empire of the Elite.”
Discussion: @grynbaum
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A look at OneLog, which lets readers use a single login across some of the largest Swiss media websites and expects to reach 2M active accounts by 2022  —  OneLog brings together some of the largest and most trusted Swiss media companies.  Their single sign-on solution will reach 2 million active accounts …
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
Q&A with Sam Ro, who has reported on financial news for Axios, Yahoo Finance, and Business Insider, about why he is launching a Substack newsletter  —  Former Axios markets reporter Sam Ro announced Thursday that he was becoming the latest journalist to join the growing number …
Discussion: TKer, @samro, @samro, @samro, @samro and @samro
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