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7:15 AM ET, December 6, 2021


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New York Times:
CNN says it has fired Chris Cuomo after “additional information has come to light” about the help he gave his brother Andrew Cuomo  —  The network said it had “terminated him, effective immediately,” a move that came days after a lawyer for a former colleague accused the host of sexual misconduct.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CNN's u-turn on Cuomo came after new records from NY AG, a report from law firm Cravath Swaine & Moore, and an unrelated sexual misconduct allegation  —  Network boss fired the star anchor on Saturday, leaving a hole in the channel's prime-time lineup
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Interview with Anna Wintour and Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch as they transform its biggest publications into global brands while streamlining content sharing  —  Anna Wintour is the embodiment of the glory days of the magazine dynasty.  Now she is pitching its global, digital future.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Analysis of 200K+ articles from 65 news sites: coverage of Biden for the past four months has been as bad as, or worse than, Trump in the same period of 2020  —  A sampling of headlines atop the influential Politico Playbook newsletter over the past month:  —  “Let the Democratic freakout begin.”
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Some Amazon sellers are backdating books to fool Amazon's algorithms into changing where they appear, often allowing the sellers to charge exorbitant prices  —  A 2011 thriller was supposed to cost $15.  One merchant listed it at $987, with a 17th-century publication date.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A document from TikTok's engineering team in Beijing details the product's addictive algorithm, which optimizes for “retention” and “time spent”  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document that offers …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify removed the work of hundreds of comedians, including John Mulaney and Kevin Hart, amid a fight with royalty administration agency Spoken Giants  —  A push for royalty payments on comedic material sidelines work of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and hundreds of others
Simon Owens / Simon Owens's Media Newsletter:
Some top YouTube channels are spending millions on production; Mr. Beast says he spent $3.5M on his Squid Game video, a budget reminiscent of prestige TV  —  The top echelons of YouTubers are now spending upwards of $3.5 million per video.  —  Welcome!  I'm Simon Owens and this is my media newsletter.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Twitter says it mistakenly suspended 12 accounts after “coordinated and malicious reports” targeted researchers and journalists, and will review its new policy  —  Far-right activists had urged their followers to use a new company rule to target anti-extremism researchers and journalists
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Profile of Twitch streamer Tyler Steinkamp, including the loneliness and rage that comes with streaming game battles and real-world moments for 50 hours a week  —  NEW LONDON, Mo. — Just before midnight, six hours into his 10-hour Twitch live stream, Tyler Steinkamp's rage begins to erupt.
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