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4:05 PM ET, August 9, 2022

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Kara Swisher plans to stop hosting the Code Conference after the 2022 edition to focus on new projects that explore topics beyond tech and reach more people  —  After 20 years, this year's annual Code Conference from Vox Media will be Kara Swisher's last year hosting and organizing the event, Swisher told Axios.
Discussion: @taylorlorenz and @sarafischer
Reuters:
AppLovin offers to buy Unity for $58.85 per share, an 18% premium to Unity's Monday closing price, in a $17.54B all-stock deal; AppLovin's stock drops 10%+  —  Gaming software company AppLovin Corp (APP.O) on Tuesday made an offer to buy peer Unity Software Inc (U.N) in a $17.54 billion all-stock deal …
Anna Menta / Decider:
Warner Bros. movies are no longer guaranteed to hit HBO Max after 45 days in theaters; source: the company will decide streaming dates on a “case-by-case basis”  —  After 48 hours of industry rumors, speculation, and panic over HBO Max, a clearer picture is starting to form.
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Hollywood's streaming evangelism seemingly ends, as WBD shelves Batgirl and David Zaslav says costly movies going straight to streaming offers no economic value
Zachary Leeman / Mediaite:   John Oliver criticized Warner Bros. Discovery on his August 7, 2022 show, saying his “new business daddy” is “burning down my network for the insurance money”
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify gives its Android app's home screen separate feeds for Music and Podcasts & Shows to better highlight recommendations, will bring the change to iOS soon  —  Spotify announced today that it's launching a new Home experience that includes separate feeds for “Music” and “Podcasts & Shows.”
Wall Street Journal:
Despite YouTube suspending hundreds of Kremlin-linked channels, Russia has yet to ban the service, some argue because the Kremlin views it as too big to block  —  Access to the video site allows Russians access to one of the few sources of independent information about the Ukraine war
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
The UN raises “grave concerns” with Iran over the treatment of BBC News Persian staff, as Iran claims BBC journalists aimed to “overthrow the Islamic Republic”  —  In an unprecedented move, the United Nations has formally raised “grave concerns” with Iranian officials …
Discussion: Variety
Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter:
German public broadcaster RBB's director, Patricia Schlesinger, resigned on Sunday, amid media reports she used public funds to bankroll a luxury lifestyle  —  Patricia Schlesinger, head of Berlin public broadcaster RBB, resigned Sunday amid media reports she used public funds to bankroll …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sports media startup Overtime, which targets Gen-Z and millennials, has raised a $100M Series D led by Liberty Media, a source says at a $500M+ valuation  —  Overtime, a sports media company targeting Gen-Z and millennials, has raised $100 million in series D funding, its co-founder and president Zack Weiner told Axios.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Miami-based Column, a public benefit company offering software to streamline placing public notices in newspapers, raised a $30M Series A led by Lux Capital  —  Column, a public benefit company that provides software to streamline the placement of public notices, has raised a $30 million series …
Margaret Moffett / The Assembly:
A look back at the decline of the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, NC, starting under Landmark ownership and continuing under BH Media and Lee Enterprises  —  North Carolina's third-largest city, Greensboro, once had a thriving newspaper in the News & Record.
 
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Karen Weise / New York Times:
Amazon launches Amazon Q, a workplace-focused AI assistant that starts at $20/user/month and competes with ChatGPT Enterprise, Microsoft's Copilot, and others

Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Ikea announces new smart home sensors: Parasoll, for doors and windows, Vallhorn, for motion, and Badring, for water leakages, on sale in H1 2024 for under $10

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Europol, Norway, the US, Ukraine, and other countries arrest members of a ransomware group in Ukraine linked to attacks on organizations in 71 countries

 
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