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4:00 PM ET, December 8, 2022


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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After stalled talks, about 1,100 New York Times journalists began a 24-hour strike at midnight on December 8; the last union contract expired in March 2021  —  New York CNN Business —  A 24-hour strike at The New York Times, a historic demonstration in which more than 1,100 employees …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
With 1,100+ staff on strike, NYT editors are publishing long-held stories and flexing dormant reporting muscles, but won't likely match the usual volume of copy  —  More than 1,100 unionized New York Times staffers are intending to embark on a 24-hour strike today, leaving editors …
The Nation:
Over 150 members of the Freelance Solidarity Project pledge not to cross the NYT Guild's picket line, noting that the devaluation of media jobs affects them too  —  The resurgence of American labor organizing has relied on solidarity beyond the bargaining unit—and that's what we're offering.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Debunking claims on Twitter's handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story, including that Twitter engaged in election interference or violated the First Amendment  —  Hello!  Someone has referred you to this post because you've said something quite wrong about Twitter and how it handled something to do with Hunter Biden's laptop.
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
A report on the top news publishers using TikTok in 44 countries: 49% post regularly, adoption is uneven, the process of getting verified is opaque, and more  —  3. How and why publishers are moving onto TikTok |  4. TikTok's ‘magic’ algorithm - how it works |  5. What strategies are publishers pursuing on TikTok?
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC Director General Tim Davie says the broadcaster is preparing to shut down its linear TV and radio broadcasts over the next decade, shifting to online-only  —  Tim Davie outlines vision for a world of ‘infinite choice’ where broadcast TV and radio are being switched off
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The News Movement, a social media-first news outlet targeting 18- to 25-year-olds, launched out of beta on December 1, with 17 UK journalists and seven in NYC  —  The News Movement's editor-in-chief Kamal Ahmed has said the “hard yards” being put in at the start-up to “create a new way” …
Discussion: @charlottetobitt
Joseph De Avila / Wall Street Journal:
Disney rolls out its ad-supported Disney+ tier for $7.99 per month after signing up 100+ advertisers; the ad-free tier now costs $10.99 per month, up from $7.99  —  The overhaul of Disney+ comes after a slowdown in subscriber growth for streaming services  —  Walt Disney Co. DIS 0.49%increase …
Erin Woo / The Information:
Source: Twitter plans to change Twitter Blue's $8 per month price to $11 per month on iOS, likely due to Apple's 30% App Store cut, and $7 per month on the web  —  Twitter has informed some employees that it plans to change the pricing of its Twitter Blue subscription product to $7 if users pay …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Cameo launches Cameo Kids, offering personalized videos from animated characters like Thomas the Tank Engine, Blippi, CoComelon's Nina, and Santa for $25 to $30  —  Cameo today launched Cameo Kids, its new video messaging service that features personalized videos from popular animated characters …
Discussion: Adweek, Variety and @chrismessina
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Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
An Australian judge grants Netflix, Disney, Village Roadshow, and Hollywood studios an injunction blocking dozens of websites for alleged copyright infringement
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces an iMessage feature letting users “verify they are messaging only with the people they intend”, meant for journalists, activists, and diplomats