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8:25 AM ET, November 11, 2022


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Sources: Twitter's head of ad sales Robin Wheeler resigned, but Musk convinced her to stay; head of Trust & Safety Yoel Roth confirmed his resignation  —  Elon Musk, in his first address to Twitter Inc. employees since purchasing the company for $44 billion, said that bankruptcy …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
In his first email to staff, Elon Musk says he wants subscriptions to account for half of Twitter's revenue  —  New Twitter Inc. owner Elon Musk emailed his workers for the first time late Wednesday to prepare them for “difficult times ahead” and ban remote work unless he personally approved it.
Jack Queen / Reuters:
A Connecticut judge orders Alex Jones to pay $473M in punitive damages on top of the nearly $1B in defamation claims that a jury awarded to Sandy Hook parents  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay $473 million in punitive damages on top of a nearly $1 billion verdict handed down last month …
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Twitter reactivates its gray “Official” badge for select high-profile accounts, after a wave of impersonators bought blue checks  —  Okay, so Twitter broke its own verification system by making the blue check — previously a signal that the account had provided information …
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
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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Some reporters and columnists kept predicting a major Republican victory in the 2022 midterms but their analysis was wrong due to long-held preconceived notions  —  The corporate-media consensus that there would be a “red wave” in the 2022 midterms was not some late-emerging phenomenon that its members can blame on polls or spin.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Prediction-based politics coverage crowds out reporting of candidates' stances; polling firms like Trafalgar are producing much more Republican-friendly results  —  On October 19, 2022, the New York Times — America's “paper of record” — ran a story with the headline, “Democrats' Feared Red October Has Arrived.”
On Substack:
Substack announces writer Bestseller badges based on the number of paid subscribers: purple for tens of thousands, orange for thousands, and white for hundreds  —  A check mark worth paying attention to  —  Today we're introducing a way to see, at just a glance, whether or not someone …
On Substack:
Substack adds the ability to hyperlink mentions of other Substack writers or publications in posts, and cross-posting to amplify other writers or posts in email
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
An interview with HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey on her mandate to grow Warner Bros. Discovery IP, canceling originals, and figuring out ratings  —  Sarah Aubrey definitely did not sign up for this.  —  In early 2015, when she ended her producing partnership with filmmaker Peter Berg …
Discussion: SlashFilm, The Playlist and ScreenRant
Peter White / Deadline:
Netflix announces that its first-ever live, global streaming event will be a Chris Rock comedy special aired in early 2023  —  Netflix is utilizing its move into live streaming technology with Chris Rock becoming the first comedian to test it out.  —  Rock will perform live in a global streaming event in 2023.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play expands its third-party billing pilot to the US, Brazil, and South Africa, with Bumble joining Spotify as one of the pilot testers  —  Google today announced it's expanding its user choice billing pilot, which allows Android app developers to use other payment systems besides Google's own.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Rupert Murdoch shows that he prefers Ron DeSantis over Donald Trump as the GOP's leader via Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post commentary  —  Former Fox News anchor reveals why her same-sex marriage story never aired  —  Murdoch's shocking maneuver allowed him to oust a whole workforce
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
US judge blocks Drake and 21 Savage from using a fake Vogue cover to promote their album, saying it likely infringes on the magazine's trademarks  —  A judge found that the artists likely infringed on Condé Nast's trademarks and are “deceiving the public” with their publicity stunt.
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Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
A UK group warns arresting journalists “might become commonplace” if Parliament passes the Public Order Bill, which may criminalize reporters covering protests
New York Times:
About 250 unionized HarperCollins employees go on an indefinite strike after negotiations stalled, seeking better family leave benefits and higher pay
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku adds a sports hub to its homescreen, directing users to live games on Apple TV, DirecTV, Fox Sports, FuboTV, Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, and others
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