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3:45 PM ET, October 21, 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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Leaked recording: Axel Springer CEO told Politico staffers he made “a mistake” in saying he planned a paywall for Politico: “No decision has been made”  —  Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner told Politico staffers in a company-wide Q&A Thursday that it was …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia reports Q3 results: HBO and HBO Max subscribers reached 69.4M, up 1.9M from Q2 and 12.5M from last year; revenue was $8.4B, up 14.2% YoY  —  But international markets more than made up the difference: Worldwide, there were 69.4 million global HBO Max and HBO subscribers at the end of Q3 …
Bloomberg:
China's Cyberspace Administration removes Caixin Media, one of the country's most liberal news sources, from an official list of outlets that can be republished  —  - Cyberspace agency puts out list of approved media outlets  — Beijing has proposed banning private capital from most media
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Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Twitter says its research shows its algorithms amplify right-leaning content more than left-leaning content, but doesn't know what causes the amplification  —  Twitter is publicly sharing research findings today that show that the platform's algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku calls Google's YouTube distribution demands anticompetitive; if negotiations fail, YouTube won't be available on new Roku devices starting December 9  —  Roku wants its customers to know: The streaming platform company is still battling Google over what it alleges are the internet giant's …
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
A Times-Picayune FOIA request took 12 years to be answered by the FBI, four years after the case it concerned ended, an example of how broken FOIA is  —  ‘The Freedom of Information Act is broken,’ said one first amendment attorney.  — 3 min to read  —  1 of 3
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify rolls out video podcast publishing to all creators via Anchor, which they can monetize via subscriptions  —  Spotify has already invested around $1 billion in podcasting between its acquisitions, exclusive deals, and other partnerships.  Now, it wants people to do more than just listen — it wants them to watch, too.
Discussion: Variety, Waivly, hotpodnews.com, CNBC and Spotify
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
A look at the challenges of producing vinyl records, from production logjams and aging equipment, as the medium's popularity returns  —  Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry's most popular and highest-grossing physical format.  Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
FilmLA: overall filming in LA is up 6% in Q3, TV production is up 22%, and reality TV is up 146% when compared with pre-COVID averages in 2016-2019  —  FilmLA had strong numbers to report for its quarterly update of on-location shooting in Los Angeles.  With 10,127 shoot days logged by film …
Discussion: FilmLA, Hollywood Reporter and Variety
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”
 
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RTÉ:
Google News Showcase rolls out in Ireland, with national and regional publications including Irish Independent, The Irish Examiner, and The Irish Times
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
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Brian Ng / Nieman Lab:
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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”
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