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Oath, the Verizon-owned news brand that encompasses Yahoo, AOL, The HuffPo and more, is relaunching its "Newsroom" app today.

What's new: A vertical video-driven format accompanied by a fresh slate of programming. The app and content will focus on trends (called "vibes") that users can opt into. The trends are curated from comments and data about what has performed well with their audiences.

Why it matters: The relaunch is a part of a larger push to center Oath's content strategy around customizable and mobile-first video. Oath CEO Tim Armstrong has been vocal about how the company's scale will be a driving force in its ability to take on Google and Facebook's advertising dominance.

What they're saying:

  • "There's a hole in the market for what this is," says Alex Wallace, Head of Oath Studios. "There is nothing comparable with this much video in it that's optimized with this mobile experience."
  • "We want users to be able to engage content both quickly and deeply," says Oath's Global Head of News Jared Grusd. "The app will be different from Facebook or other platforms that feature news, because it won't necessarily center around one News Feed, but rather an infinite number of 'vibes' — think of them like Spotify playlists," Grusd says.

The relaunch will include 14 new original video series, each designed to only be a few minutes in length, and made for vertical video consumption on mobile. The new slate of programming will draw from Oath's 3,000 publishing partners, ranging from Yahoo Sports to TechCrunch to Conde Nast. Another ten news series will debut by the end of the year.

The relaunch and new programming push is a part of a broader video effort by Oath to capitalize on the scale of content it has access to from premium brands. Earlier this year, Oath's launched a new video product called "Slick" that allows it to quickly convert text-based stories to videos using machine learning.

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

The latest: Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.