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5:05 PM ET, December 7, 2022


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Over 1,100 unionized staff at The New York Times plan to go on strike on Thursday; NewsGuild estimates that some major desks could lose 90% of their workforce  —  New York CNN Business —  The New York Times is preparing for more than 1,100 of its union staffers to go on strike for a full …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: The Washington Post is exploring a spinoff or sale of its Arc XP publishing tool, which the company expects to generate $200M+ in ARR by 2027  —  Company has embraced digital experimentation under tech-billionaire owner; spinoff of Arc business also possible
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Congress leaves out the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act from the US defense spending bill, after intense pushback from industry and advocacy groups  —  Facebook threatened to block news in the U.S. over the measure, which was under consideration as part of a defense package
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces an iMessage feature for users to verify they are messaging only with the people they intend, aimed toward journalists, activists, and diplomats  —  Alongside a dramatic expansion of end-to-end encryption for iCloud data, Apple has two other major security announcements today.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
The RCFP and over a dozen news organizations urge the US Senate to pass the PRESS Act, which would shield reporters from being forced to reveal sources and more  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and more than a dozen news organizations are urging the U.S. Senate to pass …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Twitter ads from ~40 major brands including Amazon, Snap, and Uber appeared on the pages of at least two white nationalists, whose accounts Elon Musk restored  —  Ads from dozens of major brands were appearing on white nationalist and extremist accounts  —  SAN FRANCISCO …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
A US judge dismisses a lawsuit claiming Mohammed bin Salman conspired to kill Jamal Khashoggi after the White House said the crown prince had sovereign immunity  —  Judge says Mohammed bin Salman entitled to sovereign immunity despite ‘credible allegations’ of involvement in journalist's murder
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media promotes podcast executives Ray Chao and Nishat Kurwa to new SVP roles overseeing its podcast network's video content and programming, respectively  —  Chao will oversee video content in his new role as svp and gm of audio and digital video, while Kurwa will lead programming …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts transparency tools to let users with professional accounts, like businesses and creators, know if their content is ineligible to be recommended  —  Instagram announced today that it's introducing new transparency tools so you can see whether or not your photos and videos are recommended in the app.
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
An Australian judge grants Netflix, Disney, and several Hollywood studios an injunction blocking dozens of websites allegedly used for copyright infringement  —  Pirate site blockades are the preferred anti-piracy tool for many copyright holders around the world.
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times:
Penske Media, which owns ARTnews and Art in America as well as brands like Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone, has acquired Artforum International Magazine  —  Penske Media Corporation is growing its art publication holdings.  The company — which already owns ARTnews and Art in America …
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Ted Sarandos says Netflix has “not seen a profit path” from “renting big-league sports” as their “dramatically expensive” rights have made them a loss leader
John Seabrook / New Yorker:
How a young generation of musicians uses TikTok, amassing huge followings but making little money, while some older musicians remain opposed to the platform
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple plans to launch Apple Sing, which turns songs on Apple Music into karaoke tracks of sorts, later in December on iPhone 11 and newer, iPad, and Apple TV 4K
The 19th:
How Black Twitter and Black blogs raised the attention Shanquella Robinson's death received in mainstream news outlets, which often overlook marginalized groups
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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