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8:35 AM ET, November 2, 2021


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Sources: FanDuel and DraftKings are among the companies that submitted bids to buy The Athletic, which is seeking a $750M+ valuation  —  Fantasy and sports betting providers, FanDuel and DraftKings, are among a number of companies that have submitted bids to buy sports news site The Athletic …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Sports publishers make millions on deals with sports betting companies but should remain cautious, as sportsbooks turn into competitors and consolidation looms
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
With Spotify on pace to cross $1B in ad sales this year, a look at its growing ambitions in advertising and its plans to become the YouTube of podcasting  —  Millions of people watch videos of Joe Rogan's podcast.  They used to do that on YouTube, where Rogan posted full episodes.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The Information's Jessica Lessin analyzes tensions between tech execs including Zuckerberg and legacy media outlets, which execs associate with staff activism  —  Journalists and tech executives seem to be fighting each other to a draw in a battle that has no end in sight.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Established news outlets compete for talent from Substack, Facebook Bulletin, and more as they build out newsletters, digital audio, and video  —  Substack, Facebook Bulletin pursue high-profile reporters and commentators, creating tension within news organizations
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Amazon says TikTok's app is now available on Fire TV in the US and Canada and is coming soon to Echo Show devices  —  Amazon announced today that a TikTok app is now available on its Amazon Fire TV for users in the U.S. and Canada.  The app is also coming soon to Echo Show devices.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Pinterest to launch a Pinterest TV shoppable live series on November 8, with weekday episodes airing in its app, featuring some of its top creators  —  The series will feature creators and celebrities, like Olympic athlete Tom Daley and popular makeup artist Manny MUA
Brodie Fenlon / CBC News:
CBC says it will keep Facebook comments closed on news posts, after turning them off in June and finding it improved the well-being of staff  —  We hope to make online spaces safer by minimizing harassment and abuse of our story subjects, commenters  —  Earlier this week …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Analysis: the top 50 US magazines by circulation retained 95% of sales through the pandemic, as print subscriptions fell 7% from 125M in 2019 to 116M in 2021  —  America's largest magazines retained 95% of their circulation through the Covid-19 crisis, Press Gazette research suggests.
Discussion: @pressgazette and @patrick_media
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Estimate: Apple's iOS App Tracking Transparency policy has cost Snap, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube almost $10B in combined ad revenue in H2 2021  —  Forcing apps to ask for permission to track users for advertising purposes leads to big hit for social media platforms
NewsWhip: interest in Facebook, measured by social media interactions per article, declined over 2021, with little mainstream attention for “Facebook Papers”  —  The Facebook Papers and whistleblower accounts were a public relations nightmare for Facebook, but so far …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube names veteran ad executive Tara Walpert Levy as VP of Americas, to oversee content partnerships across the US, Canada, Latin America, and Brazil  —  Tara Walpert Levy, a 10-year Google and YouTube veteran ad exec, is moving over to YouTube full-time in a big new role.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: The Rothermere family is close to taking Daily Mail-owner DMGT private via a deal that involves injecting £400M+ into DMGT's three pension schemes  —  An agreement that would involve more than £400m being injected into the company's three pension schemes …
Discussion: @markkleinmansky
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David Bloom / Forbes:
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