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12:50 PM ET, July 1, 2022


 Top News: 
Micah Sifry:
The Knight Foundation's support for Semafor's event with Tucker Carlson betrays its mission; the event frames media as a game of access and audience-building  —  By sponsoring a journalism event featuring Tucker Carlson, the philanthropy is mistaking openness for strengthening democracy.
New York Times:
Netflix executives say they don't plan to change programming; two bank analysts say a cheaper ad-supported tier could cannibalize the higher-paying subscribers  —  Long Hollywood's leading innovator, the streaming service is staying the course, despite serious challenges to its business and questions about its content.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
A group of 68 journalists sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre seeking more event access and an end to opaque screening of reporters  —  A group of 66 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
News outlets should stop publishing puff pieces about Supreme Court justices written by lawyers with ties to the court; a look back shows their bad predictions  —  Lisa Blatt, an attorney who has argued more than 40 cases before the Supreme Court, wrote an opinion piece for Politico Magazine …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roughly 65 Wired workers threaten to strike on July 12 and July 13, Amazon's Prime Days, seeking more pay and the inclusion of product reviewers in their union  —  The union representing roughly 65 editorial workers at Wired, the tech publisher owned by Condé Nast …
Craig Silverman / ProPublica:
Google gave user data to Russian ad company RuTarget, including potentially sensitive info about users in Ukraine, four months after the US sanctioned RuTarget  —  The internet giant may have provided Sberbank-owned RuTarget with unique mobile phone IDs, IP addresses, location information …
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Universal Music Group acquires Frank Zappa's estate, including his catalog, film archive, publishing rights, name and likeness, and unreleased material  —  Deal between Zappa Family Trust and UMG includes publishing and the rights to the legendary rocker's name and likeness
Kerry Flynn / Axios:
Refinitiv: the value of M&As in media and entertainment fell to $105.1B in H1 2022 from $215.5B in H1 2021, with the number of deals down from 1,710 to 1,546  —  Exit Content Preview  —  The deal value for global M&A activity in media and entertainment shrunk in half for H1 2022 compared to H2 2021.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times adds free access to The Athletic for all-access digital and home delivery subscribers and plans to implement a more flexible Athletic paywall  —  Good news for sports fans who subscribe to The New York Times's all-access digital bundle (or get home delivery) …
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Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange filed two appeals on Thursday to the UK high court to contest his extradition; the court will decide whether the appeals can be heard
Matthew Bremner / Bloomberg:
Profile of Uzbek political blogger Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was detained and tortured for writing a pseudonymous blog criticizing the autocratic regime
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter hires Maggie McLean Suniewick, formerly president of distribution and business development for NBCUniversal's digital properties, as VP of partnerships
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Study: since 2005, Texas has lost 211 out of its 634 newspapers and about eight newspaper journalists per 10K residents; 27 of 254 counties have no newspaper
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Snap launches Snapchat+, offering exclusive, experimental, and pre-release Snapchat features for $3.99 per month, starting in nine countries
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Duke Reporters' Lab says fact-checking projects globally grew from 168 in 2016 to 391 in 2021; Meta says it spent $100M to underwrite fact-checking operations
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nexstar Media Group is close to a deal to acquire 75% of The CW Network; Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery would each retain 12.5% stakes