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8:05 AM ET, December 8, 2022


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After stalled talks, about 1,100 New York Times journalists began a 24-hour strike at midnight December 8; the last union contract ended 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 …
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
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.
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.
Joseph Bernstein / New York Times:
How The Daily Wire is trying to build a conservative media empire in Nashville, with movies and a streaming platform capitalizing on the culture war  —  The right-wing media company, founded by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing, is trying.  But the culture war may be its real entertainment product.
Erin Woo / The Information:
Source: Twitter plans to change Twitter Blue's pricing to $11 per month for iOS users, likely due to Apple's App Store fees, and to $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 …
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.
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 …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
A look at the strategy for ITVX, the streaming service of the UK's ITV, launched in a bid to double its digital revenue to £750M and its UK subscribers by 2026  —  The company is targeting growth in users, engagement and digital revenue, but some analysts worry about the upfront investment …
Discussion: Variety, Deadline, The Guardian and The Drum
Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:
The end-of-year US defense bill includes rules that could force websites to delete info about federal judges and their families, like work and home addresses  —  Federal judges could soon demand their personal information be scrubbed from the internet, after negotiators included the provision …
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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
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
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
Discussion: Vox Media
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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

From Techmeme:

Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

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