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1:35 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 about $140M or $24/share, a ~30% premium to its stock's November 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 plans to publish the Facebook Papers in batches, redacting sensitive information with help from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU  —  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
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
Andrew Kersley / Press Gazette:
FT-backed Sifted, which covers European startups, raises £4M led by ScaleUp Capital, which will become the largest shareholder with a 25% stake  —  Financial Times-backed website Sifted, which covers the world of European start-ups, has raised £4m of investment funding for a 25% stake.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Sifted
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
Discussion: The Thndrhs Nifty and hi, tech.
Jim Morrill / The Assembly:
Profile of Asheville Watchdog, which produces investigative reporting in North Carolina with accomplished, volunteer journalists who “retired” to the mountains
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Renju Jose / Reuters:
Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation will help 18 Australian small news publishers negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook
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