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9:10 PM ET, November 1, 2022


 Top News: 
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Twitter Blue will soon cost $8/month, with half the ads, ability to post long video and audio, priority in replies, paywall bypass for some publishers, and more  —  Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
New York Times:
Sources: ad holding company IPG has issued a recommendation through its media agencies for clients to pause spending on Twitter because of moderation concerns  —  At least three Twitter executives have left in recent days, as one of the world's largest ad companies said clients should pause spending on the social media platform.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter Chief Customer Officer Sarah Personette “resigned” after over four years and told ad partners the new administration is committed to brand safety  —  Sarah Personette, Twitter's chief customer officer who's been with the company for more than four years, is leaving the company …
James Ball / New Statesman:
Elon Musk's plan to monetize Twitter verification risks alienating creators and advertisers while helping accounts spread fake news  —  Elon Musk's latest brainwave risks alienating the users Twitter depends on and would expose it to lawsuits.  —  Let us start with a confession …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter is planning to end letting Twitter Blue subscribers access ad-free articles from hundreds of publishers
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Insider EIC Nicholas Carlson plans to bring the stories of ~60 writers in front of the outlet's paywall, to bring in more traffic against which to sell ads  —  Insider is planning to restructure its newsroom to bring more content in front of its paywall, Nicholas Carlson, global editor-in-chief of Insider, told Axios.
New York Times:
Julie Powell, who blogged about trying to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, dies at 49; her blog became a book and a movie  —  She documented her attempt to cook every recipe in Julia Child's “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a popular blog that became a best-selling book and a hit movie.
David Pierce / The Verge:
YouTube rolls out Primetime Channels in the US, offering shows and movies from 35 partners, including Paramount+ and Epix, and plans to add NBA League Pass soon  —  Streaming services are coming to YouTube.  The company is rolling out a new feature called Primetime Channels that will bring shows …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Russia's RT, banned by major platforms in March 2022, has found an audience on Thiel-backed Rumble, often pushing Russian propaganda about the Ukraine invasion  —  An interview of captive Americans done “under duress” appears on a web platform backed by J.D. Vance and Peter Thiel.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
A look at video site Rumble, which has been on an upward trajectory since H2 2020, when right-wing star Dan Bongino moved from YouTube and took an equity stake
David Cohen / Adweek:
Meta receives Media Rating Council accreditation for content-level context and brand safety guidelines on Facebook, after committing to an MRC audit in 2020  —  It covers content monetization and partner monetization policies on Instant Articles, in-stream video
Thomson Reuters reports Q3 revenue up 3% YoY to $1.57B and maintains FY 2022 and 2023 guidance; CEO plans to be “quite a bit more aggressive” in acquisitions  —  Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.TO) kept its financial guidance for this year and next after a forecast-beating rise …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: CVC Capital Partners looks to provide equity and partner with Group Black on its bid to buy BDG Media; Blackstone also eyed a role in the acquisition  —  CVC Capital Partners is looking to partner with Group Black on its bid to buy BDG Media, according to sources.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Tumblr updates its community guidelines to allow nudity, mature subject matter, and sexual themes, but retains its limits for sexually explicit acts
Vanity Fair:
A book excerpt details tensions between AT&T's John Stankey and former HBO CEO Richard Plepler over HBO's strategy during AT&T's Time Warner acquisition in 2018
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Instagram is paying millennial-focused media company ATTN: six figures to create content to fight Spanish-language misinformation ahead of the 2022 US midterms
 Earlier Picks: 
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney unveils a “limited test” offering select Disney+ show and film merchandise for US subscribers before it goes on sale in retail stores on November 8
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon expands Music for Prime members, offering ad-free podcast listening and increasing its music library from 2M to 100M songs, available on shuffle mode
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
SiriusXM reports its satellite radio unit gained 187K self-pay subscribers in Q3 and lost 49K promotional subscribers; Pandora lost 52K net self-pay subscribers
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