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12:40 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
Pranob Mehrotra / XDA Developers:
Instagram appears to be working on a feature that lets Live creators add moderators to their streams  —  Early last month, Instagram announced two new features for Live creators — Live Scheduling and Practice Mode.  The features aim to help make life easier for creators on the platform …
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.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out new shopping features, including Shops in Groups, product recommendations in the News Feed, and a test of Live Shopping for Creators  —  Facebook announced today that it's rolling out new shopping features: Shops in Groups, product recommendations and a test of Live Shopping for Creators.
Discussion: Ad Age, New York Times, @shiraovide and Meta
The Economist:
Hong Kong immigration authorities decline to renew the employment visa of Economist correspondent Sue-Lin Wong  —  “The Hong Kong immigration authorities have declined to renew the employment visa of our correspondent, Sue-Lin Wong.  We regret their decision, which was given without explanation.
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.
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.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify acquires audiobook distributor Findaway and says it expects the deal to close in Q4 2021
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
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the service is building native video hosting, which would reduce creators' reliance on YouTube
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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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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Universal Music Group says it is creating a “band” called Kingship out of four Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs and plans to feature them in video games, VR, and more