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1:10 PM ET, November 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fox News contributors Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes resign from the network in protest of Tucker Carlson's streaming special on the January 6 Capitol mob  —  Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, stars of a brand of conservatism that has fallen out of fashion, decide they've had enough.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Alden Global Capital announces an offer to acquire Lee Enterprises for $24/share, a ~30% premium to its stock's Nov. 19 closing price  —  The hedge fund has developed a reputation for slashing staff in newsrooms and other departments and selling off real estate at outlets it owns.
Jennifer Meierhans / BBC:
Spotify removes shuffle play as the default option on albums for premium users, so tracks play in the order artists intended, after Adele requests the change  —  Adele has persuaded Spotify to take the shuffle button off all album pages so tracks play in the artist's own order.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Investigation shows how Facebook and Google fund misinformation globally by paying millions of dollars in ad revenue to the operators of clickbait pages  —  A month after the fall of the democratic government.  —  In 2015, six of the 10 websites in Myanmar getting the most engagement …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen says it will overhaul its commercial ratings in 2022, with plans to measure audiences for individual ads  —  Nielsen has a new proposal for TV networks that have been threatening for months to find other means of measuring their audiences: Stick with the yardstick you already use.
Gizmodo says it will begin responsibly publishing the Facebook Papers with help from partners including NYU, Marquette, and the ACLU in redacting sensitive info  —  Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
A look at the product box programs offered by InStyle, The Cut, Eater, and Group Nine, as more publishers launch them as worthwhile revenue streams  —  InStyle and The Cut created their first product boxes for sale this month, as this line of business at Eater and Group Nine reaches their one-year anniversaries.
Discussion: @simonowens
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
The US DOJ says Iranian hackers breached a media company in fall 2020 and tested how to create false news content; sources say Lee Enterprises was targeted  —  Computer systems of Lee Enterprises, which owns dozens of daily papers, were targeted in disinformation campaign
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
A look at Spotify's podcast investments, including its push into advertising and video, as it appears poised to dominate the industry  —  With 3.2 million podcasts on its platform and more monthly active users than Apple, Spotify is the new heavy in podcasting.  It's just getting started.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify's Findaway acquisition will turn it into an audiobook producer, distributor, and retailer, while becoming the app for consuming all audio
Moiz Syed / Source:
Interview with Moiz Syed, formerly of The Intercept and ProPublica, on the lack of empathy among newsroom managers, the “straitjacket of objectivity”, and more  —  “Journalists are encouraged to hold the powerful accountable, but never to proclaim the larger moral lessons of their work.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart will be the first to test Twitter's shoppable livestream platform, with a live Cyber Deals event on November 28  —  Twitter's e-commerce initiatives now include livestream shopping and Walmart will be the first retailer to test the new platform.  Over the past year …
Discussion: Ad Age and Adweek
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Paul Dacre is re-appointed EIC of DMG Media, an advisory role that won't involve day-to-day editing, less than three weeks after leaving the role
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A look at projects like The Voguverse and companies like Pixel Vault that are trying to build media franchises around their NFT collectibles
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Jim Morrill / The Assembly:
Profile of Asheville Watchdog, which produces investigative reporting in North Carolina with accomplished, volunteer journalists who “retired” to the mountains
Renju Jose / Reuters:
Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation will help 18 Australian small news publishers negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook
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Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
A voter turnout group says Facebook served 36.8% of their conversion ads to iOS users after Apple's ATT change, down from 63.6%
Peter Kafka / Vox:
James Andrew Miller's new book reveals that some HBO execs pushed for selling subscriptions directly to consumers in 2005, and some wanted to buy Netflix
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A New York appeals court judge rejects the NYT's request to unblock it from publishing or seeking Project Veritas documents; the next hearing is on November 23
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Gothamist, the news site of radio station WNYC, deleted four articles in October that used language from Wikipedia, Salon, and NYT without credit