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7:25 AM ET, November 17, 2021


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix expands its Top 10 lists to display the most-viewed shows and movies, for English and non-English titles, ranked by aggregate viewing hours  —  Netflix says it's heard the complaints about how it “cherry picks” the self-reported data it releases about content viewed on its platform.
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 69% of US Twitter users get news on the site, of which 70% follow live news events, up from 59% in 2015; 67% have at least some trust in news on Twitter  —  Seven-in-ten U.S. adult Twitter news consumers have followed breaking news there  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino over copyright infringement for selling NFTs based on Pulp Fiction screenplay excerpts; Miramax says it owns screenplay rights  —  Miramax filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Quentin Tarantino of copyright infringement by selling NFTs based on the screenplay for “Pulp Fiction.”
Megan Chan / The Keyword:
Google's GNI and Northwestern's Medill School announce The Data-Driven Reporting Project, to award $2M to journalists working on document-based investigations  —  Investigative journalism has changed drastically over the past decade.  Technology is playing a growing and evolving role …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google partners with PBS Student Report Labs and other journalism organizations to create programs that promote media literacy
Discussion: The Keyword
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
US agrees to provide renewable yearlong visas to Chinese journalists, while China lets WSJ, WaPo, and NYT reporters return  —  The deal tones down a diplomatic confrontation that led Beijing to expel some American reporters during the last year of the Trump administration.
Analysis: the top five most-followed accounts on TikTok do not rank in the top 50 on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram  —  The creator economy has produced thousands of social media entrepreneurs who have built mega-audiences in the millions — larger than many media companies.
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles sells for $1.8B, $500M more than projected three months ago, to Hackman Capital and Square Mile  —  Hackman Capital and Square Mile have winning bid for complex where classic television shows such as ‘Seinfeld’ were shot
Steve Inskeep / @nprinskeep:
[Thread] Complaints that journalists should have published Trump info sooner rather than holding it for books is mistaken, as reporting with context takes time  —  A complaint about the Trump books—that writers held back information they could have reported sooner—is understandable but mistaken, I think. Our most pressing need is for context, careful reporting, understanding. It's not to file stories instantly on every incremental tidbit.
Giving Compass:
Institute for Nonprofit News Index finds 90%+ of ~400 nonprofit newsrooms tracked over the last 12 years are alive; ~70% have four or more sources of revenue  —  Earlier this year, residents in Southwest Memphis received some good news.  An oil pipeline project they were fighting against was called off.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Samba TV, which tracks smart TV viewership across 46M TVs, files for an IPO and reports $82.8M in revenue and a $17.1M net loss in the first nine months of 2021  —  Samba TV, which tracks programming and advertising viewing via smart TV data, has filed to go public.
Discussion: Insider and Fierce Video
USAGM reports that it reached 394M people in 62 languages each week in 2021, up 42% since 2017, with top audiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine  —  The 2021 report and audit results demonstrate the Agency's ability to achieve strategic impact by prudently managing resources and nimbly responding to global challenges.
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Diane Haithman / The Wrap:
The California Film Commission says the state's Film & TV Tax Credit Program is expected to generate $2.6B in in-state spending in its first fiscal year
Discussion: Variety
Peter White / Deadline:
Vox Media acquires podcast studio Criminal Productions, producer of Criminal and This Is Love
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Badges for Instagram Live, in testing for over a year, rolls out as a way for users to pay and support creators; Instagram says it won't take a cut until 2023
Discussion: @martinsfp and Engadget
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NetEase's online music business Cloud Village revives plans for a Hong Kong IPO by the end of 2021, aiming to raise $1B at a $5B-$6B valuation
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google Search expands the carousel launched to provide local COVID-19 news to include topics like sports and government, available now in all languages
Discussion: The Keyword
Juro Osawa / The Information:
Sources: ByteDance's gross revenue is on track to rise 60% YoY to $63B in 2021, slightly slower than last year's growth
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the Dotdash and Meredith merger, as some question whether People magazine, with an average print circulation of around 3M, fits in Dotdash's portfolio
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The FTC recently announced plans to crack down on companies, including news publishers, using “dark patterns that trick or trap consumers into subscriptions”
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
US judge finds Alex Jones liable by default in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits after he refused to turn over documents ordered by the courts