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5:45 PM ET, October 28, 2021

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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
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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
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.
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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
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 these 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.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple Q4 services revenue, which includes Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Music, and more, hit $18.27B, up ~25% YoY; paid subscriptions reached 745M, up 160M YoY  —  Apple today reported services revenue of $18.27 billion in the fourth quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, which is an all-time quarterly revenue record.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
YouTube's mistaken deletion of UK news outlet Novara Media's channel draws criticism as an example of the company's power as a content regulator  —  Novara, a London news group, fell victim to YouTube's opaque and sometimes arbitrary enforcement of its rules.
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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  —  G/O Media — the parent company that runs 11 websites, including the former Gawker Media properties Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin …
Terry Lefton / Sports Business Journal:
As advertising for crypto grows, Disney's ESPN has declined crypto ads so far; one ad buyer noted Disney has other 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: Awful Announcing and Barrett Media
Jacob Silverman / New York Magazine:
While whistleblowing and accountability journalism are useful, only sweeping political changes can limit Facebook's power, which has proven enduring  —  Amid years of ongoing crisis, Facebook in recent weeks has faced the public-relations equivalent of nuclear annihilation.
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Washington Post:
Internal docs show Facebook staffers agonized over whether the company was nudging news organizations to produce “darker, more divisive content”
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  —  Our research suggests conservative politicians are ‘ratioed’ more often.  That may explain why they're in your timeline.
Berber Jin / The Information:
UnitedMasters, a music distribution app for independent musicians, raises a $50M Series C led by a16z at a $550M valuation  —  UnitedMasters, a music distribution app for independent musicians, has raised $50 million in a round led by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz at a $550 million valuation, including the new investment.
 
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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
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
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Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announces he is running for governor of Oregon
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify reports Q3 revenue of $2.9B, up 27% YoY; MAUs rose 19% YoY to 381M as Premium users rose 19% YoY to 172M; ad sales rose 75% YoY to $374M; stock up 6%+
 

 
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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