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8:30 AM ET, November 30, 2022


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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Disney now owns 100% of streaming tech company BAMTech after paying $900M for MLB's 15% stake in November 2022; Disney acquired a majority stake in 2017  —  Disney acquired a majority stake in the tech company in 2017, and has used it to power its streaming services.
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Wall Street Journal:
AMC Networks plans to lay off 20% of its staff, or around 200 people, and CEO Christina Spade steps down abruptly, after joining in September 2022  —  Company has been under pressure from cord-cutting as Americans turn to streaming services  —  AMC Networks Inc. said it is planning to lay off …
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
People can help protect democracy by supporting their local news outlets, rather than spending time on platforms and TV networks that deepen partisan divides  —  Like a lot of folks, I have been thinking quite a bit lately about how to shore up our democracy.  We voted in November, and that seems to have gone pretty well.
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Spotify releases Wrapped 2022 for users, adding a “music personality” feature, and says Joe Rogan, Emma Chamberlain, and others were its top podcasters  —  Spotify Wrapped is here, and with it, a slew of year-end charts, data, and graphics ripe for sharing.
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
Apple's 2022 listener data shows the rise of non-English-language songs: 21 non-English songs were in the global Top 100, more than double the number in 2021  —  “Stay,” the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber topped Apple Music's global song chart in 2022 as the giant music streamer released …
The Intercept:
Some prominent antifascist organizers and journalists have had Twitter accounts suspended in the past week, after right-wing operatives appealed to Elon Musk  —  Elon Musk claims to be “fighting for free speech in America” but the social network's new owner appears to be overseeing a purge of left-wing activists from the platform.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Research: women of color are “completely locked out” of the UK news industry and face “extraordinary exclusion” in the US, both in leadership and news coverage  —  Women of colour are “almost completely locked out” of the UK news industry making them “effectively invisible”, a new report has found.
Discussion: @raju and The Guardian
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
Pinterest plans to end its creator rewards program, launched in 2021, which offered cash bonuses when creators completed certain goals  —  Pinterest is ending its creator rewards program, which offered cash bonuses when creators completed goals such as hitting certain engagement metrics, The Information is first to report.
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Andy Fry / Digital TV Europe:
AMC Networks' Acorn TV website says the streaming service is shutting down in South Africa at the end of 2022 as AMC+ expands internationally
Discussion: Quartz
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter stopped enforcing its longstanding COVID-19 “harmful misinformation” policy on November 23; more than 11,000 accounts were suspended under the rules
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A look at Post.News, a Twitter alternative with an emphasis on moderation and a plan to let users access news from multiple publishers using micropayments