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8:40 AM ET, November 10, 2021

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Brian Williams, the former NBC Nightly News anchor who faced a six-month suspension in 2015, will leave NBC when his contract ends in December  —  The former anchor of “NBC Nightly News” rehabilitated his tarnished image as the host of a popular 11 p.m. show on MSNBC.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter Blue rolls out to the US for $2.99/month and NZ for $4.49/month with Scroll's ad-free articles across 300+ publishers and Nuzzel-like “top articles”  —  Twitter is expanding its premium subscription service to more users.  Twitter Blue, which unlocks additional features …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Unity to acquire Peter Jackson's visual effects company Weta Digital, including 275+ engineers, for $1.625B; Weta Digital's FTX artists will form a new entity  —  Unity has just announced its intent to acquire Weta Digital, the legendary visual effects company co-founded by Peter Jackson, for a massive $1.625 billion.
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sky News anchor Adam Boulton announces he will leave at the end of the year, after more than 30 years at the channel  —  Journalist, 62, says direction news channel wants to go in is not ‘a particularly good fit for me’  —  Adam Boulton has announced he will leave Sky News at the end of the year …
New York Times:
By January 19, Meta aims to remove ad targeting options based on user interactions with content about health, race, political affiliation, religion, and more  —  Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook, said on Tuesday that it planned to eliminate advertisers' ability …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Digital Entertainment Group: US streaming consumer subscription revenue was up 19% YoY for the first nine months of 2021, to $18.5B  —  Soaring U.S. streaming consumer subscription revenue is up 19% to $18.5 billion through the first nine months of 2021 versus a year ago …
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Rest of World:
Journalists and analysts talk of muted reactions to the Facebook Papers over Meta's failure to stop hate speech and misinformation in the Global South  —  “Very little of what I have read about the papers comes as a surprise.”  —  When news emerged about a leaked trove of documents …
Reuters:
A car explosion killed a pregnant Yemeni journalist and injured her husband in Aden, Yemen; police source: an explosive device was planted on the vehicle  —  A pregnant Yemeni journalist was killed in a car explosion in Aden on Tuesday, witnesses and medical sources said …
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Andrew Deck / Rest of World:
The global streaming boom is pushing language service providers to their limits due to a shortage of quality translators, voice-over actors, and sound mixers  —  Industry executives say international hit shows like Squid Game are draining a limited talent pool.
 
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Sara Lebow / eMarketer:
eMarketer projects Google, Meta, and Amazon will earn 64% of this year's $211.2B in US digital ad spending, about the same share as they had last year
Andrew Fedorov / Off the Record:
Hearst adjusts its freelancer payment policy to net zero payouts, meaning it will now pay everyone immediately instead of waiting 30 days or more
Sara Fischer / Axios:
OpenWeb, formerly Spot.IM, used by 1,000+ publishers to manage comments and user interactions, raises a $150M Series E with NYT investing, valuing it at $1.1B
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Tom McGeveran / Ohio Local News Initiative:
Ohio Local News Initiative raises $5.8M and announces that its first local nonprofit newsroom will open in 2022 in Cleveland with an expected staff of 25
Bloomberg:
Netflix for iOS is rolling out Kids Clips, a TikTok-like feature that shows new daily short videos from its children's library
Maria Verza / Associated Press:
Mexican prosecutors say they've arrested a businessman on charges of using Pegasus spyware to spy on a journalist