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1:05 AM ET, October 30, 2022


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Elon Musk takes over Twitter and fires several top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and legal policy, trust, and safety head Vijaya Gadde  —  Musk's $44 billion deal to acquire the social media company closed on Thursday night.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk became …
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
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.
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A reassessment of The New York Times' apology and James Bennet's firing after Sen. Tom Cotton's op-ed: Bennet was right and Publisher A.G. Sulzberger was wrong  —  Controversy over an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) consumed the New York Times in June 2020 and claimed the job of then-editorial page editor James Bennet.
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 …
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Over 500 authors, publishers, and others in the US literary community sign an open letter to Penguin Random House protesting Amy Coney Barrett's $2M book deal
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify contracts show podcasters using SPAN, the company's programmatic ad market, split revenue 50/50; Spotify gives no promise that competitive ads won't run
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
Twitter confirms the company shut down its Ticketed Spaces test indefinitely before Elon Musk's takeover
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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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Ashley King / Digital Music News:
Music streaming service LiveOne and its subsidiary Slacker say a ruling ordering them to pay SoundExchange nearly $10M in royalties could bankrupt the company
Daniel Finn / The Wire:
Q&A with Tom Mills, the author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service, on the BBC's start in 1922, government relationships, rethinking the license fee, and more
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple's Services revenue grew 4.98% YoY to $19.19B vs. $20.1B expected in Q4; fiscal year Services growth was above 14%, slower than 2021's 16% and 2020's 27%