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5:30 AM ET, September 8, 2022


 Top News: 
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Police arrest Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on suspicion of murder in the death of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German  —  Less than a day after asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google signed News Showcase deals with Bloomberg Media and The Texas Tribune, but the feature is late to launch as other US outlets balk at the terms  —  The program, which pays publishers to feature their content, is almost a year behind its intended launch timeline in the U.S.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Miami-based Muck Rack, a database of journalists, raised a $180M Series A from Susquehanna Growth Equity, after being bootstrapped since its founding in 2009  —  For any journalist who has ever googled their name, there is a good chance that one of the hits will be for Muck Rack …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ahead of the US midterms, Twitter plans to add 1,000 contributors weekly to its Birdwatch fact-checking tool, each assigned a “rating impact” score out of five  —  On the heels of a report detailing how Twitter had once accidentally allowed a conspiracy theorist into its invite …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
At Code, former Disney CEO Bob Iger said he wanted to buy Twitter in 2016 for its “phenomenal” distribution platform but didn't because of “nastiness”, not bots  —  Bots were fine.  Nastiness wasn't.  —  Elon Musk wanted to buy Twitter.  Then he decided he didn't.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Internal memo: CEO Evan Spiegel unveils Snap's plans to grow its user base and revenue in 2023, including onboarding more users in their 30s and pushing AR ads  —  After getting “punched in the face hard” by a cratering stock price and brutal layoffs, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told employees …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix scours its business to cut costs, including by reducing real estate, curbing cloud spend, limiting corporate swag, and hiring more junior staff  —  The streaming giant seeks to impose more financial discipline as growth stagnates  —  As Netflix Inc. NFLX 1.50%▲ …
New York Times:
Sources: Vice is exploring a deal, worth $50M+, with MBC, a media giant partly owned by the Saudi government, to launch a new content partnership in the region  —  The company is in talks to develop a content partnership with MBC, a Saudi Arabian media giant partially owned by the government.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Anne Garrels, an NPR international correspondent who reported from major conflicts around the world including the US bombing of Baghdad in 2003, dies at 71  —  She reported on conflicts around the world and for a time was the only American broadcast journalist reporting from Baghdad during the U.S. …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New mobile app LineupSupply lets users create Spotify playlists by uploading photos of music festival posters and find existing playlists of the artist lineup  —  If you often find yourself making Spotify playlists to get hyped for an upcoming music festival or to relive a favorite past show …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: The Washington Post's tech chief Shailesh Prakash, who led its publishing arm Arc XP and ad network Zeus, is leaving to join Google as VP and GM of News  —  The Washington Post's longtime tech and data chief Shailesh Prakash is leaving the company for a new executive role at Google, sources told Axios.
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Staff memo: Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory is leaving at the end of 2022 after nearly 10 years as editor to chair Boston University's journalism department
The Hollywood Reporter:
Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, saying existing lenders committed ~$1.94B to “help ensure” operations continue
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Cumulus Media says it is “disassociating” from the annual Podcast Movement industry conference, after a Twitter spat between the conference and The Daily Wire
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Masha Borak / Rest of World:
Some Wikipedia editors in Russia have been doxxed, threatened, and arrested for not supporting Russia's war in Ukraine; some now edit less and others have quit
David Pierce / The Verge:
Ad targeting and big TV ad budgets are to blame for repetitive advertising on streaming services, despite evidence repeated ads make people less likely to buy
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili settles a defamation lawsuit against Netflix over a line in The Queen's Gambit final episode saying she had “never faced men”
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss appoints Michelle Donelan as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport; Donelan once worked for the WWE