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10:50 PM ET, September 27, 2022


 Top News: 
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Meta details influence operations from Russia, impersonating news outlets to spread anti-Ukraine content in Europe, and from China, targeting the US and Czechia  —  Russia set up a sprawling and sophisticated network of websites impersonating mainstream media outlets, which it used …
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Fast Company took down its website Tuesday after its Apple News account was hacked to send an obscene push notification; Apple News has disabled its channel  —  It's been a little while since we had a high-profile media feed hijacking, but tonight someone sent an Apple News notification …
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
The McCormick Foundation awards $5.1M in total to Block Club Chicago, Capitol News Illinois, and Injustice Watch, plus $2.4M for a Medill local news accelerator  —  CHICAGO — The Robert R. McCormick Foundation today announced investments in Block Club Chicago, Capitol News Illinois …
Press Gazette:
John Witherow steps down as The Times editor after nearly a decade, becomes the Times Newspapers chairman, and says a successor will be named on September 28  —  John Witherow is to step down as editor of The Times after nearly a decade in the role.  He has been appointed chairman of Times Newspapers.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Hearst expects $12B in 2022 revenue and TV to be the company's biggest source of profits, of which 40%+ come from its specialty media, data, and software units  —  Hearst expects revenues to grow close to $12 billion this year, up slightly from the record $11.9 billion it earned last year …
Rest of World:
Netflix's password sharing crackdown sparked many protests on social media in Argentina, but a source says the country didn't have a mass exodus of subscribers  —  New prices sparked outrage in Latin America, with some threatening to boycott the platform.  —  • BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A look at tappable podcast ads in mobile games, which trigger episode downloads; source: iHeartMedia got ~6M unique listeners/month through such ads since 2018  —  Want more stories like this from Ashley Carman?  Podcasters are always hunting for new, flashy places to promote their shows …
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
A pension fund and Warner Bros. Discovery shareholder sues the company, saying Warner Bros. inflated HBO Max subscriptions by as much as 10M amid the WBD merger  —  Warner Bros. cooked its HBO Max subscriber numbers by as many as 10 million and misled shareholders in other ways that violate …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
London-based sports streaming service DAZN acquires Eleven Group's global sports media businesses, pausing its IPO plans to focus on profitability and expansion  —  DAZN, an international sports streaming company, has put its IPO plans on hold to focus on profitability and expansion …
Annette Nwabeke / KERA News:
North Texas public radio station KERA plans to buy the Denton Record-Chronicle with help from the National Trust for Local News; the paper will be a nonprofit  —  KERA announced plans Tuesday to acquire the Denton Record-Chronicle, the historical and primary newspaper of Denton County.
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Eileen AJ Connelly / The Wrap:
The SEC sues two ex-MoviePass CEOs, charging them with misleading investors about profit potential, data operations, studio relationships, and revenue sources
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
A New York-based artist received copyright registration on their comic featuring artwork by Midjourney, the first known US copyright for latent diffusion AI art
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The Sun:
The UK opens a war crimes probe into Graham Phillips, a British citizen and pro-Kremlin YouTuber, for a forced interview designed to “humiliate” Ukrainian PoWs
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Cheri Faulkner / NME:
Netflix announces its first in-house game studio, its second game studio in Helsinki, to be led by ex-Zynga Vice President and General Manager Marko Lastikka
New York Magazine:
On her new podcast, Kara Swisher interviews Chris Cuomo about his upcoming show on Nexstar's NewsNation, rebuilding trust, interviewing Andrew Cuomo, and more
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Romanian 24-hour news channel Antena 3 will relaunch on September 27 in partnership with CNN, but won't be CNN-branded like CNN Portugal and other affiliates
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