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10:30 AM ET, October 31, 2022


 Top News: 
Eli Pariser / Wired:
Elon Musk's ad-dependent Twitter isn't the global town square democracies need; we need an overlapping ecosystem of smaller publicly owned digital social spaces  —  This is a moment to choose a different path, inspired by the lessons of thriving offline communities.
General Motors suspends its paid advertising on Twitter as the car company evaluates the “direction of the platform under their new ownership”  —  - General Motors is suspending its advertising on Twitter following Elon Musk's takeover of the social media platform.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Among tech companies, Twitter has been the biggest defender of online free speech, globally; fired head of legal and policy Vijaya Gadde drove much of that work  —  Last night, Elon Musk closed his on-again, off-again, on-again deal to buy Twitter, and his very first order of business was to fire a bunch of top executives.
Analysis: how Google's ad business funnels revenue to prolific purveyors of health, election, and climate disinformation in Europe, Latin America, and Africa  —  Google is funneling revenue to some of the web's most prolific purveyors of false information in Europe, Latin America and Africa, a ProPublica investigation has found.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
CNBC and Bloomberg ran headlines saying Elon Musk cut Twitter staff, based on two people with boxes outside the company's office; one used a meme as his name  —  In videos circulating on Twitter Friday morning, two men carrying boxes are seen standing near the entrance to Twitter's San Francisco building …
Jonathan M. Katz / The Racket:
Erik Wemple's reassessment of The New York Times firing James Bennet over the Tom Cotton op-ed is part of an effort to rewrite the 2020 civil rights protests  —  Sometimes, history changes unexpectedly toward the good.  And then, powerful people with something to lose try to change it back.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A US federal district court judge orders Starbucks union organizers in western New York to give Starbucks their messages to journalists; the union has appealed  —  A federal judge has ordered the organization behind a unionization drive at Starbucks stores in western New York to turn …
Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill / The Guardian:
The UK's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hires Amber de Botton, the head of UK news at ITV News, as his director of communications  —  Journalist Amber de Botton takes special adviser role for new prime minister  —  Rishi Sunak has hired Amber de Botton as his director of communications …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith will become a senior advisor to Emerson Collective, one of the top local news funding sources, giving $60M+ in grants since 2016  —  Evan Smith, the CEO and co-founder of the Texas Tribune, will be a senior advisor to Emerson, which has emerged as one of the top funding sources …
Chris Davis / WTVF-TV:
The Nashville Banner, which served the city for 122 years until 1998, plans to relaunch as a nonprofit news site with Scripps' local TV station as its partner  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In Demetria Kalodimos's office, a motto can be found all over: Real people, true stories.
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James Fallows / Breaking the News:
US mainstream media cannot properly adapt to the realities of our times, and criticism is not working; the focus should instead be on building something new
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
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Attila Mong / Committee to Protect Journalists:
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
In an email to staff, Chris Licht said CNN will stop buying documentary films and original TV series, and instead explore creating a long-form content studio

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
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Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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