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9:35 PM ET, October 20, 2021

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ABC News:
Trump announces the Trump Media & Technology Group and TRUTH Social, a social network coming in Nov. to “stand up” to Big Tech, in the App Store for preorder  —  The former president has been banned from several platforms.  —  Silenced by many major platforms …
Christi Carras / Los Angeles Times:
Transgender Netflix employees and allies rallied in Los Angeles to protest Dave Chappelle's new show and to push for trans rights; Chappelle fans showed up too  —  Transgender Netflix employees and their allies gathered Wednesday morning on Vine Street in Los Angeles to protest …
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Ahead of a walkout by Netflix staff, Ted Sarandos says he “screwed up” internal messaging and acknowledges that “storytelling has real impact in the real world”  —  Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos s speaking out over continued criticism of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer.”
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $7.48B, up 16% YoY, operating income of $1.76B, up 33% YoY, and 214M paid subs, adding 4.4M YoY and beating estimates of 3.84M
Ian Burrell / New Statesman:
NYT's London newsroom expands to 70 editorial staff, rivaling small UK national titles in scale, as some local papers deride its UK coverage as “delusional”  —  As it rapidly expands its British newsroom, the US newspaper now rivals smaller UK national titles.
Brian Ng / Nieman Lab:
A look at free Substack newsletter Dirt, which covers online habits and sells NFTs to fund itself and give token owners a say in coverage  —  “NFTs are the newest form of digital content.  Structurally, that fits with Dirt's scope.”  —  Writers Daisy Alioto and Kyle Chayka are known …
Aisha Counts / Protocol:
Since May, Google says it has blocked 1.6M messages and restored ~4,000 YouTube influencer accounts affected by a phishing campaign offering fake collaborations  —  A network of Russian-speaking hackers are phishing YouTube influencers with fake collaboration offers in order to hijack their accounts …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Discovery is cutting back high-profile Discovery+ projects, including an NYT doc on Louis CK; source says the cuts amount to $25M-$35M in costs  —  - Louis C.K. documentary is among $35 million in cancellations  — CEO Zaslav has yet to detail online video plans after merger
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and @newsynick
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Sources: the recent ransomware attack against Sinclair is linked to Russian group Evil Corp., which changed names to avoid 2019 US sanctions  —  - Evil Corp. said to change names to avoid 2019 U.S. sanctions  — Broadcaster hit with new ransomware strain called Macaw
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
Sources: Thomas Chatterton Williams, who organized “the Harper's Letter” is leaving Harper's and is in talks for a contributing role at The Atlantic  —  Free speech advocate Thomas Chatterton Williams is leaving Harper's Magazine after the next issue, sources have confirmed to Gawker.
 
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Sources: Bild EIC Julian Reichelt's sacking came after years of questionable conduct and Axel Springer showing no interest in disciplining him
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Pinterest will release Creator Originals, a content series with over 100 creators across 10 countries, and create a $20M Creator Rewards in the US
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Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
The Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada Las Vegas will stop publishing The Believer magazine in spring 2022, citing the pandemic's financial impact