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9:30 PM ET, July 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
SEC filing: Elon Musk notified Twitter he wants to terminate the merger agreement, claiming that Twitter didn't provide the relevant business info he requested  —  Billionaire Elon Musk wants to end his deal to buy Twitter, according to a letter sent by a lawyer on his behalf to the company's chief legal officer Friday.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WWE's Vince McMahon agreed to pay $12M+ over the past 16 years to four women formerly affiliated with WWE, over sexual misconduct and infidelity claims  —  The longtime chief of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. secured nondisclosure agreements to keep secret allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity
Agence France-Presse:
Rappler says Maria Ressa has lost her appeal against a conviction for cyber libel but the news website says it would “avail of all legal remedies available”  —  Peace prize winner and veteran journalist faces lengthy jail sentence  —  Philippines' Nobel peace prize winner …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
The NFL's Roger Goodell confirms that streaming service NFL+ will launch this season and says the league will pick a Sunday Ticket streaming partner by the fall  —  It could arrive in time for next season  —  The NFL is working on its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CNBC in an interview.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson dodged Ben Smith's questions with ease in an interview during Semafor's pre-launch event by deflecting, lying, and attacking the questioner  —  Semafor founder Ben Smith's much-ballyhooed Thursday interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson was, predictably, a total shitshow.
Showrunners for Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Paramount+, and Prime Video discuss the lack of metrics transparency and compare their experiences with linear TV  —  For decades, television creators had a pretty good way of finding out if their show was a hit: They could look at the Nielsen ratings …
Chelsea Curtis / Arizona Republic:
Arizona makes it illegal for people within 8 feet of law enforcement activity to record police, except for those involved; Gannett and others opposed the bill  —  People will no longer be allowed to take close-range recordings of Arizona police under a new bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday.
Alissa Wilkinson / Vox:
Q&A with author Erich Schwartzel on the role the Chinese market played in the rise of Marvel, how Chinese censorship turned into Hollywood self-censorship, more  —  Big Hollywood movies are being made with Chinese audiences in mind.  —  The big Hollywood movies you've seen on the big screen …
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
Tencent's WeChat closes Bloomberg's Daybreak financial news account, accused of violating Chinese regulations; Bloomberg's other WeChat accounts remain up  —  Trams and cast-iron postboxes speak to the history of the city, while delicacies such as fishballs and egg waffles are street food essentials …
Discussion: @niubi and Talking Biz News
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
Cinedigm announces Cineverse, an AVOD service with 15+ free ad-supported linear streaming channels and 46K+ VOD films and TV episodes, launching in late August  —  Matchpoint Blueprint 2.0 uses AI and machine learning to enhance viewing experience  —  Cinedigm said it will use an enhanced version …
Washington Post:
David Shipley, top editor of Bloomberg's opinion section, is named editor of The Washington Post editorial page, managing 80+ staffers starting after Labor Day
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Viola Zhou / Rest of World:
Africa-based Chinese influencers who post racist videos about Africans on apps like Douyin and Kuaishou made fortunes from China's livestream shopping industry
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
A UK judge rules in favor of Prince Harry's claim that the Mail on Sunday defamed him, after Meghan Markle won a similar case against the paper in December 2021
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Peter White / Deadline:
Berlanti Productions appoints Warner Bros. TV's Leigh London Redman as president, starting in September and replacing David Madden
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