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9:30 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.”
Disney misses Q4 estimates, reporting net income of $160M and revenue of $18.53B, up 26% YoY, and 2.1M new Disney+ subscribers for a total of 118.1M  —  - Disney reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday after-the-bell.  — The company missed Wall Street estimates across the board …
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 …
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
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube starts hiding public dislike counts on videos to keep smaller creators from being targeted by dislike attacks, following a test in March  —  Creators will still be able to see how many people disliked their videos  —  YouTube has announced that it'll be hiding public dislike counts on videos across its site, starting today.
David Sacks / Callin:
Social audio app Callin announces live podcasts with Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Briahna Joy Gray, Antonio García Martínez, and Andray Domise  —  Why leading independent thinkers, writers, journalists, and creators are choosing Callin as their podcasting platform.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Kids' media startup Pocketwatch, which has deals with makers of YouTube hits Ryan's World and Kids Diana Show, hires an adviser to explore investments or a sale  —  Kids and family programming deals are surging as streaming companies look to double down on content that serves a highly-engaged cohort of younger users.
Discussion: The Streamable
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 …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vimeo acquires Wibbitz, a short-form video creation service, and Wirewax, which builds tech to make objects in videos “shoppable”
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
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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
Discussion: The Streamable
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
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
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