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2:35 AM ET, December 23, 2022


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Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Documents show TikTok parent ByteDance surveilled Forbes journalists and former BuzzFeed employees Emily Baker-White, Katharine Schwab, and Richard Nieva  —  ByteDance confirmed it used TikTok to monitor journalists' physical location using their IP addresses, as first reported by Forbes in October.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
ByteDance fired four employees after finding in a probe they accessed data on US TikTok users, including reporters, while trying to learn the sources of a story  —  The company's internal investigation showed that workers also obtained data on a small number of other U.S. users.
Sources: aiming to appease the US government, TikTok offers to operate more of its business at arm's length and allow more outside scrutiny by Oracle and others  —  Popular short-video app TikTok is offering to operate more of its business at arm's length and subject it to outside scrutiny …
Alex W. Palmer / New York Times:
How ByteDance and TikTok, which owe their existence to intermingled Western and Chinese ideas, capital, and people, became caught in changing US-China relations  —  A Chinese app conquered the planet — and now the U.S. is threatening to shut it down.  Can the world's biggest virality machine survive?
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube buys NFL Sunday Ticket's residential rights for seven years, sources say for ~$2B/year; DirecTV paid $1.5B/year for residential and commercial rights  —  Video streamer to pay annual fee of roughly $2 billion under seven-year deal  —  Created with sketchtool.
Public Notice:
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Fox News host Sean Hannity and others say they doubted Trump's 2020 voting fraud claims, as Dominion Voting lawyers try to show Fox knowingly aired false claims  —  On Wednesday, lawyers for Dominion Voting Systems shared some of the strongest evidence yet that some Fox employees knew what they broadcast about the claims was false.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A federal judge rules movie studios can be sued under false advertising laws for releasing deceptive trailers, like ones featuring an actor cut from the movie  —  Movie studios can be sued under false advertising laws if they release deceptive movie trailers, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
David Robb / Deadline:
Over 130 WGA East members at Bustle Digital Group sign a petition calling on CEO Bryan Goldberg to address salary demands after nearly two years of negotiations  —  More than 130 WGA East members employed at several media outlets owned by Bustle Digital Group have signed a petition calling …
Brian Cronin / CBR:
The US Copyright Office rules that a comic book made using AI art is ineligible for copyright protection, revoking its copyright granted in September 2022  —  Reversing an earlier decision, the United States Copyright Office rules that a comic book made using A.I. art is ineligible for copyright protection
Wall Street Journal:
Pathmatics: ~70% of Twitter's top 100 ad spenders before Elon Musk's takeover weren't spending as of the week ending December 18; 89% of 2021 revenue was ads  —  Executives are promising big incentives and new technology while also trying to explain the actions of their new owner
Tiyashi Datta / Reuters:
AMC Entertainment announces a $110M equity raise, by selling its APE preferred stock to Antara Capital for 66 cents per share; AMC's stock closes down 7.36%  —  AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N) said on Thursday it would raise $110 million in new equity capital through the sale of its preferred stock …
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Jennifer Jenkins / Duke University School of Law:
Books, movies, and music from 1927 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2023, including Agatha Christie's The Big Four and Bessie Smith's Back Water Blues
NBC News:
Infotainment blogs such as NoJumper and Hollywood Unlocked are spreading misogyny and misinformation against Megan Thee Stallion, Amber Heard, and other women
Chris Stokel-Walker / Nature:
A look at Twitter's major role in research and science communication, especially during the pandemic, as researchers and scientists now leave the service
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail steps Netflix may take to reduce US password sharing, like charging account owners an extra sharing fee at just below the $6.99 ad-supported tier
Google's Display Network, which places ads on 2M+ websites, lets site owners stay anonymous while putting ads beside pirated content, porn, and disinformation
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Justin Bieber is close to selling some of his music rights to Blackstone-backed Hipgnosis Songs Capital in a ~$200M transaction, Hipgnosis' largest yet