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2:05 PM ET, December 7, 2022


 Top News: 
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
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 …
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
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 …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan says the government and Channel 4 are discussing new funding models that could help the broadcaster avoid privatization  —  Culture secretary tells MPs she is discussing alternative business models with broadcaster  —  Channel 4 is discussing …
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  —  The social-media platform is transforming the music industry.  Is that a good thing? … In December, 2020, after spending nine months …
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
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