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8:20 AM ET, November 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
The UK has created the Digital Markets Unit, which will write a new code of practice for Big Tech and mediate between platforms and news outlets  —  Alok Sharma says dominance of a few big companies hurts innovation and curtails customer choice  —  A new tech regulator will work to limit …
Marcela Kunova /
The chair of a House of Lords committee urges the UK government to fix the imbalance of power between publishers and platforms by reforming the online ad market
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Two large investors of TheMaven are urging the company to “pursue a new direction” and have called for a new board, saying they have the votes to force changes  —  It's been quite the year for Sports Illustrated operator TheMaven, which made major staffing cuts in March …
Martin Goillandeau / CNN:
Tens of thousands across France, including journalists and press freedom advocates, protested on Saturday against a proposed law that would ban filming police  —  (CNN)Demonstrations took place across France on Saturday against the proposed global security law and its signature measure to restrict the filming of police officers.
Savannah Jacobson / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the media industry shifts from being an ad-based business to one reliant on subscribers and benefactors, an overview of the big players making investments  —  While most news outlets are slashing budgets, an emerging class of philanthropists and streaming services—plus the country's largest newspaper …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Interview with Mehdi Hasan on his new Peacock nightly news show, anti-Muslim attitudes in media, Greenwald's messy exit, liberal press giving Obama a pass, more  —  IN CONVERSATION  —  The host of Peacock's ‘The Mehdi Hasan Show’ talks to Marlow Stern about the anti-Muslim hate he's faced …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Last month Intel quietly shut down Intel Studios, its 10,000-square-foot AR/VR volumetric capture stage in LA that opened in 2018  —  Intel Studios was operating a 10,000-square-foot stage in Los Angeles.  —  Intel has pulled the plug on one of its most ambitious AR/VR projects to date …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
As Spotify continues to test its stories feature, it has tapped popular musicians to contribute to select Spotify-created playlists  —  If you're in the festive spirit and you're already listening to seasonal music, you might have noticed Spotify's Christmas Hits playlist is looking a little different.
Ryu Spaeth / New Republic:
Ben Smith, best ever NYT media columnist, personifies a morally indefensible fact of journalism: each journalist robs others of their stories to tell their own  —  Let's be honest: Ben Smith is the best media columnist The New York Times has ever had.  He instantly surpassed …
Madeleine Schwartz / Nieman Reports:
How the mantle of “fake news” is being used in Belarus, Jordan, Thailand, and Nicaragua to intimidate journalists, and how they're fighting back  —  A look at four countries — Belarus, Jordan, Thailand, and Nicaragua — where the mantle of “fake news” is used to intimidate and threaten, and how journalists are responding
Discussion: @marklittlenews
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast plans to raise again its Broadcast TV fee, which currently ranges from $7.90 to $14.95 per month, by as much as $4.50 per month starting in January  —  Internet prices to rise $3 a month; “Broadcast TV” hidden fee going up $4.50.  —  Comcast is raising prices for cable TV …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Carole Cadwalladr drops a defense of truth in a libel case brought by Arron Banks, but plans a “robust defense” on public interest grounds in a trial next year  —  Carole Cadwalladr has insisted she will continue to defend her reporting against a libel case brought …
Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
N. Ireland police to pay £875K to the makers of documentary No Stone Unturned, for arresting them in 2018 alleging theft of a police report used in the film  —  Settlement announced at Belfast high court brings end to years-long controversy  —  The Police Service of Northern Ireland …
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