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2:20 AM ET, October 15, 2021

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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.
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 …
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
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  —  The latest big story out of the Washington Football Team emails the NFL obtained via investigation (but still has not fully released) …
Discussion: @awfulannouncing and @nycsouthpaw
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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 Editor” and sought feedback on an unpublished story  —  Several inflammatory emails by Jon Gruden were filed as exhibits in federal court by attorneys for Washington Football …
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.
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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
Ax Sharma / Ars Technica:
How a US hacker built a secret network of “news” sites and Facebook Groups to push bogus stories after an undisclosed company hired him to sway 2016's election  —  He was hired to build a fake news op but now wants to put things right.  —  This is the story of the mastermind behind …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Nicholas Kristof is leaving the NYT after 37 years, according to an email to staff, and has formed a PAC ahead of a potential run for Oregon governor  —  Mr. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is weighing a run for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up.
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: @rafat
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 …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
AdImpact: 2022 midterm elections CTV ad spend is forecast to hit $1.5B vs. $1.3B for digital ads, as CTV ads are highly unregulated and offer narrow targeting
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Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook says it now counts activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures, increasing protections for them against targeted harassment and bullying