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7:30 AM ET, October 29, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
WSJ's editorial board defends publishing a letter from Trump, saying Trump is making election rigging claims elsewhere, so “we hardly did him a special favor”  —  His 2020 monomania is news, and it reflects on his fitness for 2024.  —  By The Editorial Board
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Critics accuse WSJ of amplifying misinformation after it publishes a 600-word letter to the editor from Trump, filled with debunked claims of election fraud  —  The publication of the letter, citing baseless and debunked claims, was criticized for pushing the traditional boundaries of a letters-to-the-editor page
Nikhil Kurian Nainan / Reuters:
Australia's competition regulator allows a group representing 261 radio stations to negotiate payments from Facebook and Google for the stations' news content  —  Australia's competition regulator allowed a body representing 261 radio stations to negotiate a content deal with Facebook (FB.O) …
Discussion: Mumbrella and RadioInfo Australia
Mark Zuckerberg / Meta:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook the company is now Meta, to better encompass all of its products  —  We are at the beginning of the next chapter for the internet, and it's the next chapter for our company too.  —  In recent decades, technology has given people the power to connect and express ourselves more naturally.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Q&A with Casey Bloys, the content chief of HBO and HBO Max, about finding international hits like Squid Game, shift of viewership from HBO to HBO Max, and more  —  The premium network is prepping for the streaming era beyond Covid disruptions and AT&T ownership.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Damon Beres / Wired:
Advocates for the blind say DMCA exemptions to break ebook DRM for accessibility should be permanent, rather than having to be renewed every three years  —  Advocates will once again be granted a DMCA exception to make accessible versions of texts.  They argue that it's far past time to make it permanent.
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Court filing: the operator of Locast, which streamed TV broadcast channels for free, agrees to pay $32M and shut down for good to resolve copyright claims  —  (Reuters) - The operator of over-the-air streaming service Locast has agreed to pay $32 million and end its operations …
Jennifer Dunham / Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ's Global Impunity Index finds that since 2011, 278 journalists have been murdered worldwide and no one has been convicted in 226 of the cases  —  No one has been held to account in 81% of journalist murders during the last 10 years, CPJ's 2021 Global Impunity Index has found.
Terry Lefton / Sports Business Journal:
As advertising for crypto grows, Disney's ESPN has declined crypto ads so far; one ad buyer noted Disney is protecting its longtime financial services sponsors  —  Some of the biggest sports properties have cashed in on the cryptocurrency marketing trend this year, with huge sponsorship deals in F1, UFC, the NBA and MLB.
Discussion: Barrett Media and Awful Announcing
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast signs deal with Apple to carry the Apple TV app on Xfinity X1, UK's Sky Glass, and XClass TVs; Apple TV set-top boxes will have Comcast's Stream app  —  Comcast struck a deal with Apple that will bring the Apple TV app, which includes access to the Apple TV Plus subscription service …
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The Plug, a news outlet founded by data journalist Sherrell Dorsey, which reports on Black and brown tech founders, startups, and tech's impact
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter launches the Spaces Recording feature that was announced last month, to a limited number of Spaces hosts on iOS and all listeners on iOS and Android
Discussion: @martinsfp and Adweek
Check My Ads Institute:
Claire Atkin and Nandini Jammi launch the Check My Ads Institute, a nonprofit watchdog investigating ad-funded disinformation, including on Facebook
Berber Jin / The Information:
UnitedMasters, a music distribution app for independent musicians, raises a $50M Series C led by a16z at a $550M valuation
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Peacock had Q3 revenue of $230M and an adjusted loss of $520M vs. $41M in revenue and a $233M loss in Q3 2020; Comcast didn't update Peacock signup figures
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Washington Post:
NYU research suggests Twitter's algorithms promote conservative politicians because they are more likely to be “ratioed”, which Twitter may count as engagement
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
Sources: G/O Media has removed images from articles published before 2019 across its properties, but employees do not know the rationale for the removal
Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announces he is running for governor of Oregon