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3:00 PM ET, December 17, 2021


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Documents and sources: WaPo execs weigh how to attract young readers and expand features content as the outlet faces a slump in readership and subscriber growth  —  News outlet's audience is down sharply, amid sector-wide declines; subscription growth has stagnated as readers look beyond politics
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
CNN plans to pull its original series off HBO Max and put them on its own streaming service, CNN+, which a source says has a planned March debut for $5.99/month  —  - News channel eyes $5.99 price and March launch date for CNN+  —  CNN plans to pull its original series off HBO Max and put …
Daniel Tilles / Notes From Poland:
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Judge lets Dominion go ahead with Fox suit as Fox had “countervailing evidence of election fraud” and says commentators' “hyperbolic” rhetoric can be defamatory  —  - Fox had enough information to know claims false, judge says  — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson also targets of lawsuit
The Citizen Lab:
The phone of an exiled Egyptian TV news host was compromised in June using Cytrox's Predator spyware, delivered via a WhatsApp message with a link  —  Key Findings  — Two Egyptians—exiled politician Ayman Nour and the host of a popular news program (who wishes to remain anonymous) …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Sources: Google delayed the US launch of News Showcase, live in 14 countries, to at least Q1 2022 as pubs find the offers underwhelming and doubt its efficacy  —  Google is struggling to persuade some of America's largest publishers to sign up to its News Showcase aggregation scheme, an investigation by Press Gazette has found.
Henry Meyer / Bloomberg:
Google loses a court appeal in Russia and faces daily fines following a lawsuit to unblock a YouTube account of a TV channel owned by a sanctioned Putin ally  —  - Google lost an appeal over suit to unblock a YouTube account  — U.S. technology giant says it's complying with U.S. sanctions
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Washingtonian Editor Michael Schaffer is leaving to write a weekly Politico column as a senior editor; Sherri Dalphonse becomes interim Washingtonian editor  —  He'll write a column about DC power.  The city magazine needs a new editor.  —  Washingtonian Editor Michael Schaffer will leave the publication to take a job at Politico.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Spotify acquires Australian company Whooshkaa, which helps radio broadcasters and others turn existing content into podcasts and sell ads around them  —  Spotify on Thursday said it acquired Whooshkaa, a podcast technology platform that specializes in technology for radio broadcasters to turn existing content into podcasts.
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