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8:55 PM ET, December 10, 2021


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Ben Quinn / The Guardian:
The UK high court rules Julian Assange can be extradited to the US to face espionage charges, overturning a previous judgment in January  —  Decision overturns previous ruling that Wikileaks co-founder could not be extradited due to mental health concerns  —  Julian Assange can be extradited …
Some current and former BuzzFeed staff can't sell their stock amid a steep price drop, due to poor communication from BuzzFeed and its stock transfer agent  —  Many early BuzzFeed employees remain unable to sell their shares, even though the company went public this past Monday.
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
In Slack posts, Jonah Peretti denies “speculation” that big investors and execs could trade BuzzFeed stock ahead of others, blames transfer agent for problems  —  Workers who had money on the line are very upset about about having been part of the SPAC from hell.  —  MS
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:
At the Oslo awards ceremony, Nobel Prize winners Maria Ressa and Dmitri A. Muratov call for peace, a renewed focus on democracy, and support for a free press  —  At an awards ceremony in Oslo, Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitri A. Muratov of Russia called for peace, democratic renewal and support for a free press.
Gabby Miller / Columbia Journalism Review:
US newsrooms: between March 2020 and August 2021, 6,154+ editorial and non-editorial workers were laid off, ~86 outlets closed, and 42 were absorbed via M&As  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — At least 6,154 news organization workers, which includes both editorial and non-editorial staffers …
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
The Association of American Publishers sues Maryland, saying a new e-book law requiring publishers to offer reasonable terms to libraries violates copyright law  —  The Association of American Publishers filed suit December 9 to stop a new library e-book law in Maryland from taking effect on January 1 …
Jane Martinson / Prospect Magazine:
A look at the shakeup at the Daily Mail, including the ouster of editor Geordie Greig, the return of Paul Dacre, and the departure of MailOnline's Martin Clarke  —  Jane Martinson investigates why Geordie Grieg was sacked—and why Boris Johnson will be mightily relieved
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Two photojournalists sue Andy Ngo, alleging he violated copyright law by profiting from reposting their original, firsthand videos of protests and civil unrest  —  The right-wing provocateur has made a career off repurposing other people's content from inside protests.  A pair of reporters seek to stop him.
Caitlin Petre / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with staff at Chartbeat, NYT, and Gawker from 2011-2015 show how journalism's conflicting mandates complicate interpreting and using traffic metrics  —  In 2004, journalist Michael Lewis published Moneyball, a bestselling book about how baseball general manager Billy Beane was able …
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Richard J. Tofel / Second Rough Draft:
BuzzFeed was still right to publish the largely discredited Steele Dossier, because it was well-circulated in Washington and central elements were accurate
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Universal Pictures plans to stream most of its 2022 films on Peacock 45 days after debuting in theaters; existing deals with theater chains remain unchanged
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Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix announces Tudum, a website for consumer news about renewals and release dates, adding to social channels like Strong Black Lead and its magazine Queue
The Wirecutter Union files an unfair labor charge with the NLRB after learning that the NYT withheld holiday pay from striking workers
Michael Conte / CNN:
US Secretary of State Blinken announces a “liability fund” for news outlets sued over their work and financial support for independent international journalism
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paramount+ launches 18 themed channels streaming 24 hours per day, akin to Pluto TV, initially without ads, even for its ad-supported Essential tier
The Quad City Times:
Lee Enterprises' board of directors unanimously rejects Alden's unsolicited, nonbinding takeover offer for $24 per share as it “grossly undervalues Lee”

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

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