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2:55 PM ET, November 23, 2021


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Wirecutter union announces a strike from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, citing management's refusal to negotiate  —  With @wirecutter/@nytimes management refusing to come to the table to reach a deal, 100% of our unit will be striking from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. The best way you can support us is by boycotting @wirecutter from 11/25-11/29: ...
Ronan Shields / Digiday:
Outbrain announces a $55M acquisition of Video Intelligence, an ad tech company that matches video with text content, as it aims to differentiate from Taboola  —  Ad tech's spate of public listings over the last 12 months has helped spur a further round of mergers and acquisitions in the space …
Mike De Souza / The Narwhal:
Canadian police collected information about journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano, who were arrested while covering protests and released Monday  —  An RCMP officer reveals police were collecting information about journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano in a database of police investigations
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok launches an app on Google TV and LG and Samsung smart TVs in North America  —  TikTok is now playing on more connected TVs — bringing a stream of viral videos and memes to the living room.  —  The short-form video app, which claims to have more than 1 billion monthly users …
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
EU lawmakers approve measures in the draft Digital Markets Act, including banning ad targeting to minors and mandating messaging or social app interoperability  —  - Competing messaging apps may have to be interoperable  — Companies would have to stop targeting some ads to minors
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts Netflix Hub, collecting official soundtracks, playlists, and podcasts for top Netflix content, in seven countries including the US, UK, and India  —  Looking for the soundtrack from your favorite Netflix show?  Now, it will be easier to find thanks to an expanded partnership between Netflix and Spotify.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
BuzzFeed signed a yearlong deal with TikTok to produce live video series for which TikTok will find sponsors, starting with I Made This from the Tasty vertical  —  BuzzFeed and TikTok signed a year-long deal in which BuzzFeed will premiere multiple live video series on the social media platform …
Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight and ACLU petition SCOTUS to review a challenge to prepublication review, which prevents ex-public servants from writing without government approval  —  Say that the regimes impose unconstitutional restrictions on the speech of former government employees
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Regional sports networks search for a viable path forward amid pay-TV cord cutting; Sinclair, a majority owner of 21 networks, hopes for industry consolidation  —  - Regional sports networks are trying to find a viable path for survival as viewers ditch pay-TV.
Robert Feder:
Chicago's Better Government Association, a nonprofit watchdog, receives $10M grant from McCormick Foundation to expand its investigative journalism staff  —  Chicago's Better Government Association, the nonprofit investigation journalism and government watchdog organization …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Tidal taps DistroKid and others to offer direct artist payments, where up to 10% of a user's HiFi Plus subscription goes to their most-listened-to artists  —  Tidal and DistroKid, a popular independent music distributor, teamed up last week to introduce a direct artist payments system.
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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Two former Netflix employees at the center of protests over Chappelle's special, one who just resigned, withdraw their NLRB charge against the company  —  Two former Netflix employees who raised concerns about transphobic remarks in Dave Chappelle's latest special “The Closer” …
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John Rice / Associated Press:
Fernando González, AP head of Caribbean news who spent decades covering major stories across Latin America, dies in Cuba at 60
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Wall Street Journal:
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Eoin Higgins / The Flashpoint:
Since becoming a Fox News regular in 2020, Glenn Greenwald's attitude changed in his tweets about the network, which are almost entirely positive
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart will be the first to test Twitter's livestream shopping platform, with a Cyber Deals live event on November 28
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Alden Global Capital offers to acquire Lee Enterprises for about $140M, or $24/share, a ~30% premium on its November 19 closing price
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Thirty journalists fired from the Kyiv Post earlier this month launch Kyiv Independent, promising to use reader donations before adding commercial activities
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