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2:10 PM ET, November 30, 2022


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Chris Licht tells CNN staff that layoffs are underway as part of a strategy shift, starting with “a limited number of individuals”, mostly paid contributors  —  “It will be a difficult time for everyone,” CNN EO Chris Licht told staff in an email Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Around 130,000 UK publishing businesses, covering ~1.75M websites and apps, sue Google and Alphabet for alleged anti-competitive behavior in adtech  —  Litigation against Google and its parent entity Alphabet being brought in the UK on behalf of thousands of digital publishers …
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Future reports FY 2022 revenue up 36% YoY to £825M and pre-tax profit up 58% to £170M; total audience grew to 506M, up from 432M YoY, with online users up 3%
Discussion: Future
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
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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
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
Sources: CoinDesk, which has ~$50M in annual revenue, attracts takeover interest from PE firms, rivals, and others; a party offered $300M which was deemed low
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