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A social media influencer will serve 14 years in prison after his plot to take over a website at gunpoint backfired

  • Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence Monday after he was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence, according to a statement from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Followers of State Snaps used the slogan "Do It For State," and Adams wanted to purchase the internet domain doitforstate.com to expand his company, the statement said.
  • Adams tried to convince a Cedar Rapids resident who had registered the domain with GoDaddy.com to sell it to him multiple times between 2015 and 2017, the statement said.
  • During the struggle, the man was shot in the leg before he shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest and then called police, according to the statement.

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SVOD Snapshot: The Current Landscape in Streaming Video On-Demand

  • Consumers having been “cutting the cord” for years now, but the trend reached its peak in 2017.
  • There’s little reason to believe that this phenomenon will slow down any time soon, so pay-tv providers have to find new ways to generate revenue as their primary source continues to erode.
  • One of the most prominent methods media companies are using to recuperate cord-cutting losses is by launching their own direct-to-consumer streaming service.
  • But what makes for a successful streaming video service?
  • In this SVOD Snapshot, the Digital Media research team at Business Insider Intelligence breaks down the current landscape in streaming video on-demand (SVOD).
  • The team also looks at what characteristics consumers care most about in a streaming service and what’s just a nice to have.
  • This exclusive report can be yours for FREE today.

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Google transformed the political advertising world with its reversal on targeting

  • Google’s decision puts new pressure on Facebook to change its policies on political ads.
  • Google is sharply restricting how political candidates can use its advertising tools in a set of policy changes it announced on Wednesday that may transform how elections unfold in the digital arena going forward.
  • In the most important, even if not the most aggressive, move yet by the tech giants to curtail misinformation shared by political campaigns on their platforms, Google said on Wednesday that it would no longer permit campaigns to micro-target voters with certain ads based on political attributes.
  • Google’s decision, coming a few weeks after Twitter altogether banned political ads on its platform, immediately gins up new pressure on Google’s principal competitor in digital advertising: Facebook.
  • Google and YouTube, too, are willing to let politicians lie in ads, a policy that Google did not change or address in its announcement on Wednesday.

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Morrison reworks religious freedom bill

  • The Morrison government has made 11 changes to its proposed religious freedom legislation in a bid to minimise dissent and secure its passage through Parliament early next year.
  • They include extra protections to enable professionals to express personal beliefs, including on social media, limiting the scope for conscientious objection by medical professionals, and extending beyond schools the range of religious facilities which can discriminate on the basis of faith when hiring staff.
  • Under the original proposal, a religious school could hire somebody based on faith.
  • Under the original proposals, employers can no longer limit people expressing religious beliefs in their own spare time.
  • These bodies will also not be able to stop people expressing personal religious views in their own time, including by a social media code of conduct, "unless that rule is an absolutely essential requirement of practising for that qualification or profession".

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Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

  • The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies — studios — made stuff — TV shows and movies — and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers.
  • Now things are up for grabs: Netflix buys stuff from the studios, but it’s making its own stuff, too, and it’s selling it directly to consumers.
  • Disney, for example, recently completed its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Distributors like AT&T, which bought Time Warner last year, are becoming media companies, too.
  • Meanwhile, giant tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple that used to be on the sidelines are getting closer and closer to the action.
  • Apple’s newest TV strategy positions the company as a TV guide, a TV storefront selling services like HBO, and a TV creator that employs the likes of Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Anniston to make exclusive shows for Apple users.

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How the founder of Pocketwatch sees the future of children's entertainment

  • When Chris Williams founded entertainment platform Pocketwatch in 2017, he was certain that no one had yet found the right way to work with the generation of children’s talent finding its audience on platforms like YouTube.
  • Convinced that packaging creators under one umbrella and leveraging the expanding reach of even more media platforms could reshape the way children’s content was produced, the former Maker Studios and Disney executive launched his company to offer emerging social media talent more avenues to create entertainment that resonates with young audiences.
  • As he looks out at the children’s media landscape today, Williams says he sees the same forces at work that compelled him to create the business in the first place.
  • For all of the opportunities these new platforms bring, Williams says YouTube isn’t going anywhere as one of the dominant new forces in children’s entertainment,  despite its many, many woes.

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Comey takes a victory lap after DOJ report on Trump-Russia probe, says Fox & Friends canceled him

  • Former FBI Director James Comey on Monday suggested that Fox News canceled his upcoming appearance on the network because a report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog undermined President Donald Trump's past claims about him.
  • But, the spokesperson added, Comey "was not booked and was never confirmed to appear" on the morning show.
  • The long-awaited report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that an FBI investigation into possible coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government was justified, and was not tainted by political bias, as Trump and many of his allies have long claimed.
  • Comey took a victory lap after Horowitz's report was released.
  • After Comey's tweet, Fox's top political anchor Bret Baier sent Comey a public invitation to his own news program.
  • In an appearance on MSNBC later Monday, Comey stuck to his story.

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Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson on why he's investing in media - Business Insider

  • Fred Wilson has a knack for nailing startup trends.
  • The legendary venture capitalist was one of the first to jump on the rise of social media.
  • The cofounder and partner at Union Square Ventures wrote early checks to companies like Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy, and Zynga.
  • He also recently invested $5 million in The Recount, a company started by veteran media entrepreneurs John Heilemann and John Battelle.
  • Wilson said that there are a lot of media companies that are doing text-based summaries of the news but that few are doing it well in mobile video.
  • Wilson also said it's a good time to invest in media because sectors are attractive to him when others are fleeing them.

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Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson on why he's investing in media - Business Insider

  • Fred Wilson has a knack for nailing startup trends.
  • The legendary venture capitalist was one of the first to jump on the rise of social media.
  • The cofounder and partner at Union Square Ventures wrote early checks to companies like Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy, and Zynga.
  • He also recently invested $5 million in The Recount, a company started by veteran media entrepreneurs John Heilemann and John Battelle.
  • Wilson said that there are a lot of media companies that are doing text-based summaries of the news but that few are doing it well in mobile video.
  • Wilson also said it's a good time to invest in media because sectors are attractive to him when others are fleeing them.

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Top venture capitalist Fred Wilson reveals why he's investing in media while others are fleeing: 'I like to zig when other people zag'

  • Fred Wilson has a knack for nailing startup trends.
  • The legendary venture capitalist was one of the first to jump on the rise of social media.
  • The cofounder and partner at Union Square Ventures wrote early checks to companies like Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy, and Zynga.
  • He also recently invested $5 million in The Recount, a company started by veteran media entrepreneurs John Heilemann and John Battelle.
  • Wilson said that there are a lot of media companies that are doing text-based summaries of the news but that few are doing it well in mobile video.
  • Wilson also said it's a good time to invest in media because sectors are attractive to him when others are fleeing them.

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