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1:05 PM 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 Cuomo U-turn came after NY AG records, a law firm report, and an unrelated sexual misconduct allegation against him from an ex-ABC colleague  —  Network boss fired the star anchor on Saturday, leaving a hole in the channel's prime-time lineup
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed shares fall after rising by as much as 45% in its Nasdaq debut, after raising less than expected from its SPAC  —  - Company is in talks to make Michael Del Nin its new president  — Sector needs ‘strong public company,’ co-founder Peretti says
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.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A document from TikTok's engineering team in Beijing details the app's addictive algorithm, which pursues DAUs by optimizing for “retention” and “time spent”  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document …
Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
GroupM: global ad revenue will reach $763B in 2021, up 18.7% from 2019; Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon control 80-90% of the digital ad market outside China  —  Alphabet, Meta and Amazon have doubled their share of ad revenues in past 5 years, industry estimates
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.”
Mia Sato / The Verge:
YouTube publishes its first Copyright Transparency Report, showing H1 2021 had 2.2M+ videos hit with incorrect copyright claims and 729M total copyright claims  —  Creators have complained about the claims and appeal process  —  Over 2.2 million YouTube videos were hit with copyright claims …
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.
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
HBO CCO Casey Bloys says 50% of HBO viewership comes from linear, down from 90% in 2011, with the rest from HBO Max, and he's not “rushing” to share ratings  —  For most of 2020, things were not looking particularly great for HBO Max.  Subscriber sign-ups were slower than expected …
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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
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
G/O Media “invites” seven Chicago staffers of The A.V. Club to move to Los Angeles, where EIC Scott Robson is establishing an office, or else lose their jobs
Jack Shafer / Politico:
With a tiny audience, the cable news industry has devolved from a useful headline service to a 24/7 eldercare operation; few would notice if it disappeared