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5:40 PM ET, December 6, 2022


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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: EU privacy regulators rule that Meta's TOS should not require that users agree to personalized ads based on their online activity; Meta can appeal  —  EU privacy regulators say Facebook and Instagram shouldn't use their terms of service to require users to accept ads based on their digital activity
Brian Fung / CNN:
Meta threatens to consider removing news from its platforms if Congress passes Senator Klobuchar's “ill-considered” Journalism Competition and Preservation Act  —  Facebook owner Meta threatened to remove news content from its platforms on Monday following reports that US lawmakers …
Anatoly Kurmanaev / New York Times:
Latvia revokes the broadcasting license of Russian independent TV channel Dozhd, aka TV Rain, in exile since February 2022, over “threats to national security”  —  An unscripted comment by a news host has cost a major independent TV outlet its license in Latvia and put a focus …
Analysis: the US had 1,202 partisan-backed news sites masquerading as local news outlets as of November 2022, vs. 1,230 daily newspapers left in the country  —  NewsGuard has now identified 1,202 “pink slime” sites masquerading as local news publishers at a time when there are only 1,230 daily local newspapers left in the U.S.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
General Electric buys 22 full-page and five partial-page color ads in The New York Times, the first time one advertiser has taken over all its print real estate  —  The New York Times on Tuesday unveiled a unique version of its weekday print paper featuring more than two dozen ads from just one advertiser — General Electric.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Max returns to Amazon's Prime Video Channels in the US, after losing ~5M subscribers following the two companies failing to reach a deal in September 2021  —  Under a new deal between Warner Bros. Discovery and Amazon that extends at least through the end of 2024, customers who subscribe …
The 19th:
How Black Twitter and Black blogs helped increase attention to Shanquella Robinson's death in mainstream news outlets, which often overlook marginalized groups  —  Black social media has often taken the lead in raising public consciousness when mainstream outlets overlook the death or disappearance of Black women.
Los Angeles Times:
Amazon Studios unveils Stage 15, a newly transformed 34K-square-foot virtual production stage in Culver City that uses 3K+ LED panels to go beyond green screens  —  On Monday evening, filmmakers, directors and special effects artist ate shrimp cocktails and miso salmon as they wandered around Amazon Studios …
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Filing: BuzzFeed plans to lay off ~12% of its staff, citing the economy, its Complex Media acquisition, and the audience shift to short-form, vertical video
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
AAM: top 25 US magazines on Apple News+ had a combined circulation of 1.3M in H1 2022, up 6% YoY but down 18% from H2; People fell 36% YoY, New Yorker grew 75%
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Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Engine Vision Media, founded by lawyers Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, acquires Los Angeles Magazine, Pasadena, and Orange Coast, a source says for $6M+ in cash
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Norm Pattiz, the founder of radio syndicator Westwood One and podcast network PodcastOne as well as a National Radio Hall of Fame 2009 honoree, dies at 79
Washington Post:
Filing: Rupert Murdoch will be deposed remotely on December 13 and 14 in Dominion's $1.6B defamation lawsuit against Fox News; Lachlan was deposed on December 5