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9:10 AM ET, November 7, 2022


 Top News: 
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
Q&A with Mastodon founder and lead developer Eugen Rochko on how decentralized social media servers mitigate hateful speech, why he built the service, and more  —  (To receive weekly emails of conversations with the world's top CEOs and business decisionmakers, click here.)
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
Elon Musk's focus on Twitter Blue is part of a trend in which consumer tech platforms pivot away from advertising to recurring revenue through subscriptions  —  Tech's marriage of convenience to the ad industry hits the rocks  —  Request: Please fill out this survey as I think through what a Rebooting membership plan would look like.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A profile of Molly Jong-Fast, who became a liberal media star by amassing 1M Twitter followers and joined Vanity Fair as a special correspondent on November 3  —  She wasn't a political expert.  But her Trump-era angst found a following among Democrats — and even the White House is interested.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: MSNBC decided not to renew its contract with Tiffany Cross, the weekend host of Cross Connection, after executives grew concerned about her commentary
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NBC News retracts an erroneous story about the attack on Paul Pelosi that used an unnamed source's “unreliable” info, as the story did not meet its standards  —  People at the network said the ‘Today’ show report was based on ‘unreliable’ information from a source who was unnamed in the story.
Alexandra Borchardt / European Broadcasting Union:
An interview with Deutsche Welle EIC Manuela Kasper-Claridge on climate journalism as a way to attract talent, how newsrooms should cover the climate, and more  —  Interview with Manuela Kasper-Claridge, Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle by Dr Alexandra Borchardt, Lead Author, EBU News Report 2023 …
Discussion: Carbon Paper
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with telecom reporter Karl Bode about Gigi Sohn's nomination to the FCC as Comcast and Fox Corp. team up to lobby swing votes in the Senate against her  —  How often do the parent companies of Fox News and MSNBC team up?  —  Today, we're just talking about a problem.
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
The UK's ITV plans to launch its ITVX streaming service on December 8, available with a free, ad-supported tier and a premium tier with BritBox and no ads  —  The company, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, will replace its ITV Hub in an attempt to attract more eyeballs.
Discussion: Press Centre
Paul Sawers / TechCrunch:
Unity, which makes the eponymous game engine, merges with adtech company ironSource in a $4.4B all-stock deal; Unity stock is down ~75% YTD and ironSource ~50%  —  Unity's proposed merger with IronSource has formally concluded, with the two companies coming together to create an end …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
A look at Michelle Ross-Stanton's quest to understand the murky circumstances of the death of her photographer husband and another Fox News reporter in Ukraine  —  Michelle Ross-Stanton has spent months investigating the March 14 attack on her husband, Pierre Zakrzewski, and his colleagues outside Kyiv.
Billy Binion / Reason:
Police jailed journalist Priscilla Villarreal for two routine 2017 stories due to a Texas law; a US court isn't sure if her First Amendment rights were violated  —  It has been five years since police in Laredo, Texas, mocked and jeered at Priscilla Villarreal, a local journalist often critical of cops …
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Austin Karp / Sports Business Journal:
Average NFL game viewership through Week 8 is down 5% compared to 2021 due to Amazon's Thursday Night Football games, which average 10.3M viewers, down 16% YoY
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
Lyra, Alison Millar's documentary film about murdered Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee, is out now in UK and Irish theaters and coming to Channel 4 in 2023
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Sources: WBD CEO David Zaslav told Chris Licht in October to cut $100M, or ~10% of CNN's budget; proposals for jobs, shows, and other cuts are now under review
Dawn Chmielewski / Reuters:
Fox wins a 10-year option to buy an 18.6% stake in sports betting company FanDuel for $3.72B at a $20B valuation, settling a dispute with majority owner Flutter
New York Times:
How a Los Angeles police captain helped suppress details of a 2017 police report with sexual assault claims from the 1980s against former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves
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Jason Guerrasio / Insider:
The US DOJ charges two former MoviePass executives in a securities fraud case for allegedly trying to artificially inflate parent company HMNY's stock price
Sources: Apple is building a live TV ad network and talking to ad partners as part of its deal to stream Major League Soccer games starting in February 2023
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Shonda Rhimes is among several creators telling Netflix that midroll ads disrupt storytelling; Netflix doesn't plan to share ad revenue with creators
Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk says Twitter suffered “a massive drop in revenue” due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, despite doing “everything” to “appease the activists”