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4:45 PM ET, November 10, 2021


 Top News: 
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The Verge updates its “on background” policy, making “on the record” the default when its reporters speak to PR professionals, particularly at tech companies  —  On ‘on background’  —  The main way this happens is that big companies take advantage of a particular agreement in the media called “background.”
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter and ViacomCBS announce a global, multiyear deal that includes three Twitter watch parties for original Paramount+ shows  —  Twitter and ViacomCBS today announced a sizable global deal that will see the social media platform streaming digital content from across the ViacomCBS portfolio of news …
Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs: Facebook researchers found that about 40% of traffic to Pages in 2018 went to those with content that was plagiarized or recycled  —  About 40% of traffic to pages in 2018 went to those with content that was plagiarized or recycled, and Facebook has been slow to crack down on copyright infringement
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Earth Journalism Network, which supports environmental journalism in developing countries, at COP26, to which it brought reporters from 15 countries  —  GLASGOW — At 2pm UK time on Monday, shortly before Barack Obama took the stage at the COP26 climate summit for a speech …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Workweek, a platform aiming to let business journalists work independently by giving them a salary and full-time benefits, launches with $1.5M in funding  —  A new company called Workweek launched Wednesday to give creators of business-to-business content — traditionally content that lived …
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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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Politico says it has reached an agreement to voluntarily recognize NewsGuild's PEN Guild union  —  Politico reached an agreement to voluntarily recognize a union of its employees, extending a wave of successful organizing efforts in the media industry.  —  Politico Editor-in-Chief Matt Kaminski …
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Tencent Music announces a deal with Apple that lets Chinese musicians in its Music Cloud program distribute their works through Apple Music  —  Apple Music users around the world will soon have access to more Chinese musicians.  Tencent Music Entertainment, the online music subsidiary of Tencent …
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 …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vimeo acquires Wibbitz, a short-form video creation service, and Wirewax, which builds tech to make objects in videos “shoppable”  —  Vimeo, the B2B video platform that spun out from IAC earlier this year, has made a pair of acquisitions aimed at building out the suite of features …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
fuboTV to acquire French multiplatform streaming company Molotov for $190M; Molotov co-founder and CEO Jean-David Blanc will become chief strategy officer  —  fuboTV is making a significant move in Europe with plans to acquire Molotov, a French startup with a leading television streaming service. fuboTV …
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube starts hiding public dislike counts on videos across its site to keep smaller creators from being targeted by dislike attacks, following a test in March
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
BBC follows Ofcom and Channel 4 in quitting LGBTQ+ group Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme and Workplace Equality Index, amid impartiality concerns
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sky News anchor Adam Boulton announces he will leave at the end of 2021, after more than 30 years at the channel since its launch in February 1989
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Over 300 employees at Hearst's magazine division petition against the company's plans to return to the office next week; their union has filed an NLRB complaint
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
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
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
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
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