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4:15 PM ET, October 6, 2022


 Top News: 
Chicago Sun Times:
The Chicago Sun-Times, which became a nonprofit newsroom in January, drops its paywall and launches a donation-based digital membership program  —  We're dropping our paywall and making it free to read the news — but we're still counting on your support.  —  In recent years …
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Shopify settles a lawsuit with five major education publishers that claimed the platform ignored notices of users selling pirated textbooks and other materials  —  Shopify Inc has settled allegations by a group of major educational publishers that the Canadian e-commerce company enables piracy …
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Prince Harry, Elton John, and others sue Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, saying it hired people to bug homes, access bank accounts, and more  —  Prince Harry has launched yet another lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of British tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.
Sources: the Kremlin has told some state media to admit some failings of the Ukraine invasion, worried that upbeat propaganda was fueling people's doubts  —  With its troops losing ground almost daily, the Kremlin has told some of its state media to start admitting some of the failings …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Paramount programming executive David Nevins is leaving at the end of 2022; a former CEO of Showtime, he also held top positions at CBS, Viacom, and Paramount+  —  'I'm going to really think through my options before I make a move,' Mr. Nevins said of future plans
Discussion: Variety, Adweek, Next TV and The Wrap
Brendan Vaughan / Fast Company:
Fast Company brings its site, Inc, and Mansueto back online after eight days, saying a cyberattack hit its CMS and no customer or advertiser info was disclosed  —  Eight days.  That's how long was offline after we were targeted in a cyberattack, first on the afternoon of Sunday …
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Internal ByteDance report: revenue grew nearly 80% YoY to $61.7B in 2021 but operating losses more than tripled YoY from $2.14B to $7.15B due to growth spending  —  Social-media giant saw its operating losses more than triple last year to above $7 billion  —  TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. saw …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Sources: Facebook's two-year-old UK News tab is curated mostly by freelancers at Axel Springer's Upday, who are paid £200-£350 per day and can't work elsewhere  —  The Facebook News tab was launched in Britain with much fanfare last year as part of a $1bn global programme from the tech giant to support publishers.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter makes crowdsourced fact-checking Birdwatch notes on tweets visible to all US users, says seeing them causes 15%-35% fewer likes or retweets on average  —  After last month's expansion of Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking program known as Birdwatch, Twitter announced this morning …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify cancels 11 original podcasts out of ~500 shows as it focuses on big shows; source: about 5% of the podcasting staff will be laid off or reassigned  —  Spotify is axing a small portion of its original podcast programming slate — canceling 11 out of approximately 500 current shows …
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Chris Lehmann / The Nation:
Maggie Haberman's book focuses on Donald Trump's individualized rise to power, glossing over the media's role in creating and perpetuating his brand
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
A look at the trend toward nostalgia in music coverage and in fans' favorite songs, which are now almost set in stone, as funding for music journalism dwindles
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Austin's Travis County District Court becomes the first Texas state court to let journalists access new civil complaints as they are received electronically
Chloe Melas / CNN:
Alec Baldwin and Rust Productions settle with Halyna Hutchins' family after the cinematographer was killed on set in 2021; production resumes in January 2023