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4:10 PM ET, August 10, 2022

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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.
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 …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Satirical feminist site Reductress says 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 be back on NBC in 2023; the ceremony was not aired in 2022 after 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.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Biden, marking the 10th anniversary of journalist Austin Tice's abduction, calls on Syria's government to work with the US “so that we can bring Austin home”  —  President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is certain that the Syrian government is holding American journalist Austin Tice …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
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  —  Online brands reliant on personalised ads ramp back marketing spending  —  Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due …
Jack Stebbins / CNBC:
SEC filing: WWE discloses $5M in payments made by former CEO Vince McMahon, in addition to the previously disclosed $14.6M, and delays its earnings report  —  - World Wrestling Entertainment disclosed another $5 million in payments from former CEO Vince McMahon and delayed its earnings report, according to an SEC filing Tuesday.
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 executives explain the company's decision to end the print editions of InStyle and others, saying print magazines are now seen as “a luxury good”  —  The commentary comes after the company cut the print editions of publications such as Entertainment Weekly.
 
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Sophie Fullerton / Washington Post:
YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram travel influencers are documenting trips to Syria, helping burnish the regime's image, often sponsored by brands like Surfshark
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US DOJ is preparing to sue Google over its ad market business as soon as September, as the DOJ's antitrust division lawyers interview publishers
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Axios, Politico, Punchbowl, and other Washington-focused outlets owe a lot of their success to ad deals with Meta, Alphabet, and other Big Tech companies
New York Times:
Russia has rerouted internet traffic in occupied Ukrainian territories through Russian networks since June 2022, blocking uncensored information and services
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Margaret Moffett / The Assembly:
A look at the decline of News & Record, a Greensboro, North Carolina newspaper, starting under Landmark and continuing under BH Media and Lee Enterprises
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
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 10.29%
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian crypto exchange WazirX has “temporarily” paused trading activities days after it suspended customer withdrawals after losing ~$230M in a security breach

 
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