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6:15 PM ET, October 6, 2022

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Chicago Sun Times:
The Chicago Sun-Times, which became a nonprofit newsroom in January 2022, 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.
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 …
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 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Publications owned by Alden Global Capital plan to stop endorsing US candidates in presidential, senate, and gubernatorial elections in their opinion pages  —  The change will be announced in an editorial set to run in the company's newspapers as early as Friday.
Bloomberg:
Sources: the Kremlin told some state media to start admitting failings in the Ukraine invasion, worried that its 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 …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Pew: 6% of US adults regularly get news on BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram, or Truth Social, but no one site drew over 2% of those seeking news  —  The appeal of platforms like Parler, Truth Social and Telegram is another symptom of the partisan divide in media, according to the Pew Research Center.
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Prince Harry, Elton John, and others sue the Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers for allegedly hiring 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.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Philo, a live TV streaming service offering 60+ channels for $25/month, rolls out the first version of its app for Samsung smart TV models released since 2018  —  Philo, the skinny bundle streamer that includes more than 60 popular television channels for $25 per month, is becoming more accessible for Smart TV users.
Discussion: Philo Blog and Next TV
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.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Former reality TV star Bethenny Frankel sues TikTok, saying the platform failed to crack down on scam ads that used her videos to promote counterfeit products  —  The lawsuit highlights another gap in regulation of an online industry that has grown rapidly in recent years
 
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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
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
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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