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10:40 PM ET, November 30, 2023


 Top News: 
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Canada's deal with Google showed the flaws in the link tax, and now California and the US have a chance to adopt smarter ways to increase trustworthy local news  —  “You need Google to stay in this.  Otherwise, it devastates the entire industry.”  —  Is the link tax dead?
Michael Geist:
A close look at Canada's Google deal under Bill C-18: most of the CA$100M likely will go to big broadcasters and existing deals will be rolled into the payment  —  Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge's deal with Google on Bill C-18 for an annual $100 million contribution has sparked …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners says they intend to take their “case for change directly to shareholders” after Disney turns down its Board representation request
New York Times:
Some marketing agencies say their brands don't plan to return to advertise on X, and others are advising brands to stop posting on X, after Elon Musk's comments  —  Elon Musk, the owner of X, criticized advertisers with expletives on Wednesday at The New York Times's DealBook Summit.
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Linda Yaccarino's former associates describe her as difficult and volatile, but hardworking, and say her self-regard made her think she could manage Elon Musk
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Elon Musk scoffs at advertisers leaving X because of his controversial posts: “If somebody's going to try to blackmail me with advertising ... go fuck yourself”
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The UK opens a review into whether Jeff Zucker's bid for The Telegraph, using ~$1B in Emirati money, could result in adverse foreign influence over the UK press  —  British regulators announced a review into whether the bid, backed mostly by funds from the United Arab Emirates …
Emma Nelson / Star Tribune:
Minnesota's Star Tribune hires Aron Pilhofer, who co-founded DocumentCloud, Hacks/Hackers, and Tiny News Collective, as chief product officer  —  Aron Pilhofer also co-founded news-related startups, Hacks & Hackers and Tiny News Collective.
A US district judge issues a preliminary injunction blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind state ban on TikTok from taking effect on January 1  —  A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana's first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Some digital outlets are employing full-time cartoonists, as newspapers increasingly cut the role; there were fewer than 30 newspaper cartoonists in 2021  —  Few newspapers still employ full-time cartoonists.  But some digital outlets are turning to the art form.
Angelique Jackson / Variety:
Macro hires Jamila Hunter as president of Macro Television Studios; she had been Freeform's executive VP of original programming and development  —  Veteran television executive Jamila Hunter has been named president of Macro Television Studios, … “I couldn't be more excited to welcome Jamila to the company,” stated King.
Appetite for ad-free publisher subscriptions could be growing  —  Consumers say their distaste for advertising within publishers' subscription products is growing, suggesting appetites for ad-free experiences could be growing too.
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Sources: MSNBC cancels Mehdi Hasan's show and expands Ayman Mohyeldin's program to replace Hasan's show; Hasan will become an on-camera analyst and fill-in host  —  The News  —  MSNBC is canceling outspoken opinion host Mehdi Hasan's weekend program and show on the streaming service Peacock.
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Appetite for ad-free publisher subscriptions could be growing  —  Consumers say their distaste for advertising within publishers' subscription products is growing, suggesting appetites for ad-free experiences could be growing too.
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 More News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR names Gimlet executive Collin Campbell as its podcast chief, as it looks to regain footing after cutting staff and canceling four podcasts in early 2023
Discussion: @raleighreporter
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The BEUC and its members follow noyb in filing a complaint against Meta's €9.99+/month subscriptions in the EU, saying the tier amounts to charging for privacy
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Bari Weiss' Free Press attracts readers miffed with “unfair” Israel media coverage; Free Press now has ~520K subscribers, including nearly 75K paying $8/month
 Earlier Picks: 
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Analysis: 11 of the 13 local news websites that UK-based Reach plans to close before the end of 2023 saw double-digit percentage audience drops in the past year
Discussion: Local News Initiative

From Techmeme:

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

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