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11:15 PM ET, November 9, 2022


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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer:
[Thread] Elon Musk tells advertisers in a Spaces chat that Twitter plans to improve ad relevance, he will pay to verify brands if they don't want to, and more  —  1/ Live tweeting @elonmusk Twitter spaces w advertisers: Q: What's biggest learning so far? —"The overarching goal here is, how can we make Twitter a force for good in civilization?" —"We want to be in rigorous pursuit of the truth, to be somewhat in the business of truth"
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Brand advertisers say they don't mind what Elon Musk says in outreach calls; they want to avoid controversy so they're concerned about what he does and tweets  —  Hard to solve that with a conference call.  —  Elon Musk held a giant conference call for advertisers and more than 100,000 other people today.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Bloomberg doesn't plan to cover staff's Twitter Blue verification and CNN says it's “highly unlikely”; Puck calls the cost an extension of its marketing budget  —  - Twitter is planning to require users to pay to keep their verification.  — Insider asked 14 newsrooms whether …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Journalists rethink using Twitter due to uncertainty around identity verification and its utility for reporting; Twitter's traffic-boosting value has been minor  —  The complaints, fears and angst surrounding changes at troubled tech giant Twitter began unraveling on its own platform …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
YouTube says Music and Premium have 80M+ paying subscribers combined, up from 50M in September 2021, and payments to creators and others since 2019 passed $50B  —  It's a dramatic leap, especially for a platform where so much can be had for free, and would seem to place YouTube …
Washington Post:
A look at Birdwatch, soon to be renamed Community Notes, as Twitter scales back professional debunkings: 194 people submitted notes posted in the past month  —  In private chats, a cadre of volunteers is shaping a new approach to misinformation — one Elon Musk has endorsed as he scales back on professional debunkings
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at free news channels: NBC News Now averages 34M streaming hours per month in 2022, up 55% YoY; ABC News had 41M streaming hours in September, up 73% YoY  —  If TV news legends Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley were alive and still reporting today, you probably would be watching them on a streaming channel.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
On Substack:
Substack adds the ability to hyperlink mentions of other Substack writers or publications in posts, plus cross-post to amplify other writers or posts via email  —  Two new features that help writers grow  —  Today we're announcing two new features that are designed to help Substack writers grow …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney misses on Q4 revenue, up 9% YoY to $20.15B vs. $21.24B est., but adds 12.1M Disney+ subscribers for a total of 164.2M, vs. 160.45M est.; stock down 10%+  —  - Disney reports earnings after the market closes on Tuesday.  — The company will hold an earnings conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Disney hit 235.7M global streaming subscribers in its Q4, above Netflix's 223.1M in its Q3; Disney+ had 164.2M subscribers, Hulu had 47.2M, and ESPN+ had 24.3M
Patrick Frater / Variety:   Media Partners Asia: Disney+ overtook Hulu as Japan's third largest streamer in Q3, with 3.6M subscribers, ahead of Amazon Prime Video's ~16.5M and Netflix's 7M
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