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12:15 PM ET, July 7, 2022


 Top News: 
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces Lockdown Mode in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura to protect journalists and other high-risk users against “highly targeted cyberattacks”  —  Apple today announced a new Lockdown Mode coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Twitter starts testing a CoTweets feature that lets two accounts co-author a tweet, with both accounts tagged in a single tweet, an idea it tested in March 2022  —  Twitter says it's testing CoTweets for a limited time  —  Twitter has started testing a new CoTweets feature this week with users of the social network.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Stranger Things' creators Matt and Ross Duffer form Upside Down Pictures, hire Hilary Leavitt to run the company, and recommit to Netflix with several projects  —  EXCLUSIVE: Following the record-breaking release of the two final episodes of Stranger Things' Season 4, creators Matt & Ross Duffer …
New York Times:
Some librarians have been fired or quit over personal attacks for refusing to remove books; the ALA tracked 1,597 books challenged in 2021, a 20-year high  —  Caustic fights over which books belong on the shelves have put librarians at the center of a bitter and widening culture war.
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Analysis: “Democrats cheat” and similar ideas have been raised 5K+ times on radio shows in 2022; radio remains perhaps the most influential medium for the right  —  Election fraud claims from 2020 are widespread on talk radio, contributing to the belief that the midterm results cannot be trusted.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony's PlayStation Store plans to remove access to hundreds of Studiocanal movie titles in August 2022 that customers in Germany and Austria have purchased  —  Achtung! … At the time, Sony assured customers that they “can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store …
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney promotes Kristen Finney to a newly created role overseeing international content curation for Disney+, Star, and linear channels  —  The executive will manage content strategy in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific and India.
Discussion: Reuters and Deadline
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Peter Chernin debuts The North Road Company, rolling up Red Arrow, Chernin Entertainment, and Words + Pictures, backed by $800M, source says at a $1B+ valuation  —  North Road will house Chernin Entertainment; U.S. assets of Red Arrow Studios; and Words + Pictures, with more acquisitions to follow.
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comscore names Jon Carpenter as CEO, succeeding Bill Livek, who announced his planned retirement earlier in 2022; Carpenter served as CFO since November 2021  —  The executive succeeds Bill Livek, who previously announced his retirement. … Carpenter takes over the role after having served …
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Former AMC and Fox TV Studios president David Madden joins Wattpad Webtoon Studios as global head of entertainment after his departure from Berlanti Productions
Discussion: TBI Vision, Variety and WORLD SCREEN
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries decides not to intervene in Newsquest's takeover of fellow regional publisher Archant
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Matt Ott / Associated Press:
The union for 250+ workers at News Corp's HarperCollins says 99% of members authorized a strike if the publisher fails to meet demands for better pay and more
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg News' investigations team adds Jessica Brice and four members from BuzzFeed News: Anthony Cormier, Jason Leopold, Kendall Taggart, and Alex Campbell
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Survey: Americans' confidence in major US institutions between 2021 and 2022 fell from 21% to 16% for newspapers and dropped from 16% to 11% for television news