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6:40 PM ET, August 10, 2022

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney announces Disney+ with ads for $7.99 per month in the US, starting December 8, and raises the price of the ad-free tier from $7.99 to $10.99 per month  —  Disney has set pricing and date for the U.S. launch of the version of Disney+ with ads, while also hiking the monthly price of the Disney+ tier with no ads.
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney beats with Q3 revenue up 26% YoY to $21.5B, vs. $20.96B est., 14.4M new Disney+ subscribers, and 221M total streaming subscribers; the stock jumps 5%+  —  - Analysts anticipate the company added around 10 million new Disney+ subscribers during the period between April and June, bringing the total number of users to 147 million.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Memo: The Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan is retiring her column at the end of August 2022 and will join Duke University as a visiting professor  —  New York (CNN Business)Media critic Margaret Sullivan is retiring her column and departing The Washington Post this month.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Spotify quietly tests Spotify Tickets, directly selling live music tickets to users in the US, instead of redirecting buyers to Ticketmaster or Eventbrite  —  Spotify has launched a new site to sell fans tickets to live gigs directly from its platform instead of redirecting users to partners like Ticketmaster and Eventbrite.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Satirical feminist site Reductress announces it has been acquired by Phenomenal Media, a media company focused on women and historically excluded communities  —  The merger combines like-minded publishers with an eye toward entertainment  —  The satirical publisher Reductress …
Scott Feinberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: the Golden Globe Awards will return to NBC in 2023; the ceremony did not air in 2022 after the HFPA was criticized for its lack of diversity and ethics  —  The awards ceremony was not aired in 2022 as the organization behind it, the HFPA, was under fire for its lack of diversity and ethics.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Filings: Russia-backed TV Novosti and two entities are funding four “news” TV shows from US conspiracy theorist Ben Swann, covering the US, NATO, war, and more  —  Russia's state-backed media apparatus is financing four new TV programs produced by a U.S. conspiracy theorist …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple signs a deal with Futuro Studios to fund podcast development and production in exchange for priority to turn podcasts into films or TV shows  —  Apple Inc., stepping up its spending on original podcasts, signed an agreement with a Pulitzer Prize-winning studio and is holding talks …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NFT startup Dapper Labs hires Nick Grudin, who was at Meta for nearly 12 years and at Newsweek before that, as chief business officer starting in September 2022  —  After nearly 12 years at Meta and Facebook, Nick Grudin is leaving the social-media giant.  Grudin next month …
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
IAC explains its decision to end print editions of InStyle, Health, and others, saying print is now “a luxury good” for some brands like Better Homes & Gardens  —  The commentary comes after the company cut the print editions of publications such as Entertainment Weekly.
 
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Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Biden marks the 10th anniversary of journalist Austin Tice's abduction by calling on Syria's government to work with the US “so that we can bring Austin home”
Jack Stebbins / CNBC:
SEC filing: the WWE discloses $5M in payments made by former CEO Vince McMahon, in addition to the previously disclosed $14.6M, and delays its earnings report
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Many small businesses that use personalized online ads are cutting back on marketing, in part due to Apple's ATT, as they face rising customer acquisition costs
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YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram travel influencers are documenting trips to Syria, helping burnish the regime's image, often sponsored by brands like Surfshark
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

 
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