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2:25 PM 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 …
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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.
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 newsroom staff diversity survey to October 31, after receiving less than 250 responses when it wants 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.
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 …
Nikki Usher / Nieman Lab:
With two-thirds of NPR's stations licensed to colleges, which are vulnerable to culture wars, stronger walls between license-holders and newsrooms are needed  —  For many who are concerned about declines in local news, shoring up the existing journalism infrastructure for public media in communities seems like a no-duh solution.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Netflix UK reports revenue of £172M in 2020, up 43% YoY, and pre-tax profits of £19.4M, up 50% YoY, and ~2M new subscribers, for an estimated total of 13M  —  Streaming company adds 2 million UK subscribers in 2020 and vows to pay more tax  —  Netflix paid just £4m …
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Netflix to launch the Netflix Book Club on November 16 featuring Facebook and YouTube videos highlighting books it is adapting  —  Netflix has unveiled a virtual book club that will highlight titles it's adapting into series and films.  —  Netflix Book Club content will be hosted by Orange …
Discussion: @simonowens
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
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 …
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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