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9:50 AM ET, November 11, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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.”
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 …
BuzzFeed names Cate Sevilla as editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK; she was previously EIC of the Pool and worked for Google and BuzzFeed UK  —  Sevilla will oversee HuffPost's entire UK operation comprising lifestyle, entertainment and politics as well as a new shopping team.
Discussion: Press Gazette and @catesevilla
Jason Guerrasio / Insider:
MoviePass cofounder Stacy Spikes is “exploring the possibility of relaunching soon” after a bankruptcy judge grants him ownership of the company  —  - MoviePass cofounder Stacy Spikes has bought back the company.  — His bid was approved by a Southern District of New York bankruptcy court judge on Monday.
Ben Bold / CampaignUK:
UK's Channel 4 and Instagram launch You Do You, the “first real-time social reality series”, broadcast on Instagram via Channel 4's Reels, Stories, and videos  —  Produced by broadcaster's branded entertainment team at 4Studio.  —  Channel 4 and Instagram have teamed up to produce …
Discussion: All 4
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 …
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.
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.
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
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The Guardian:
Myanmar charges US journalist Danny Fenster, who worked for Frontier Myanmar, with sedition and terrorism, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vimeo acquires Wibbitz, a short-form video creation service, and Wirewax, which builds tech to make objects in videos “shoppable”
Discussion: @anjsud
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
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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
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