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7:20 PM ET, October 22, 2021


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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: citing unsafe working conditions, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the Rust set hours before Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer  —  Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun …
Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the movie director of Rust, being filmed near Santa Fe, NM  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the director of the movie Rust …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Whistleblower claims Facebook VP Joel Kaplan defended an exemption for Breitbart from platform rules, asking: “Do you want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?”  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company
The Information:
Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, with stories expected Monday  —  It's not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree …
Twitter now lets users subscribe to Revue newsletters directly from tweets in the timeline  —  Anna from Revue  —  I know you don't normally hear from me on a Friday, but I've got something pretty great to announce: … This is all part of our mission to help you grow.
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop:
FTC study on the six largest ISPs finds that some fail to fully inform consumers on how their data is monetized, such as using browsing history to serve up ads  —  Internet service providers fail to disclose to consumers how they use sensitive data, obscure privacy practices and make it difficult …
Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The media's warnings about the illiberal left fall apart under scrutiny, create moral panics, and are used to justify anti-democratic measures  —  During the 1990s, the media convinced Americans that frivolous lawsuits were out of control.  —  The canonical example was the 1994 “McDonald's hot coffee” case.
Nicholas Russell / Gawker:
The Believer, which provided a space for both established names and newcomers to write about the arts, has become a victim of mismanagement and neglect  —  R.I.P.  —  On Tuesday, the Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada-Las Vegas announced the imminent closure of The Believer magazine …
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Axel Springer CEO denies that the company planned to appoint Axios “top management” as EIC of Politico and says there is no intention now to buy Axios  —  With the German media giant under fire at home, billionaire CEO Mathias Döpfner—all six-foot-seven of him …
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”
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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
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google lowers Play Store subscription fees to 15% and fees for ebooks and on-demand music streaming services to “as low as 10%”; IAP cut seems to be unaffected