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10:45 AM ET, November 12, 2021


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New York Times:
Documents show Project Veritas consulted lawyers to gauge how far beyond standard reporting it could go before breaking laws like the Espionage Act  —  Documents show how the conservative group worked with lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices could go before running afoul of federal laws.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Taylor Swift releases a new copy of 2012's Red, the second album she has re-recorded to reclaim songs from investors holding rights to her original masters  —  Campaign to re-record old songs undercuts deal that acquired US musician's hit catalogue  —  When tussling with his record company in the 1990s …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Amazon will let Prime users on iOS share video clips up to 30 seconds long for some of its content  —  You can now help Amazon with its marketing if you have iOS  —  Amazon has announced that it'll let you easily share video clips showing up to 30 seconds of some of its Prime Video content, right from its iPhone app.
Myanmar military court sentences US journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison; he still faces two additional charges in a different court  —  - A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced detained U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Streamers are seeking out unscripted TV, including documentaries and reality TV, as a cheaper and popular alternative to the prestige shows they first produced  —  Netflix has grown into the world's biggest buyer of unscripted programming.  Its competitors are following suit.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing paying $10,000+ in bonuses to select creators posting Reels, as part of a bonus program announced in July  —  Instagram really wants you to post Reels — they'll even pay you up to $10,000 for one, if you're lucky.  —  As TikTok surpasses the 1 billion monthly active users mark …
Li Yuan / New York Times:
Zuo Fang, a Chinese journalist who helped start China's most influential reform-era newspaper, Southern Weekly, in 1984, has died at 86  —  When he helped start Southern Weekly, he charted a course for a freer era for the country's press, which later became increasingly constrained by Beijing.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the service is building native video hosting, which would reduce creators' reliance on YouTube  —  CEO Jack Conte: 'We're building a video product'  —  This story is part of a group of stories called  —  Patreon is building a video hosting solution and native player.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify acquires audiobook distributor Findaway and says it expects the deal to close in Q4 2021  —  In an effort to expand beyond music, Spotify has been investing hundreds of millions to build out its podcasts business.  Now the company has set its sights on another form of audio …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Austin Smith / Alley:
The Alley Group spins out Lede, offering revenue-sharing subscription, newsletter, podcast, and ad tools for journalist-led publishers, with Burt Herman as CEO
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Vice suspends Max Clark, a fashion editor at UK's i-D magazine, following accusations by more than a dozen women that he sent sexually inappropriate messages
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
The history of torrent site The Pirate Bay will be made into a six-part TV drama for Swedish public broadcaster SVT, with production starting in fall 2022
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Minute Media, owner of Players' Tribune, acquires Israeli publishing tech company Wazimo, which helps media companies obtain and monetize first-party data
Jason Guerrasio / Insider:
MoviePass is “exploring the possibility of relaunching soon” after a bankruptcy judge granted co-founder Stacy Spikes ownership of the company
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
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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
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