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12:50 AM ET, December 24, 2022


 Top News: 
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
Source: Michael Bloomberg wants to expand his media empire and is interested in acquiring Wall Street Journal parent company Dow Jones or The Washington Post  —  Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and media mogul, is interested in acquiring either Wall Street Journal parent company Dow Jones …
The Sun apologizes for a Jeremy Clarkson column about Meghan Markle that prompted 20K+ complaints to the UK's IPSO, but didn't say if the outlet disciplined him  —  The Sun newspaper says it regrets publishing a Jeremy Clarkson column about the Duchess of Sussex and is “sincerely sorry”.
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.
Michael McCarthy / Front Office Sports:
The NFL plans to only offer NFL Network's RedZone as part of its deal with YouTube starting in the 2023 season, ending DirecTV's version, which debuted in 2005  —  - DirecTV's Red Zone channel debuted in 2005.  — That would leave NFL RedZone as the sole whip-around show on Sundays.
Liam Scott / Voice of America:
Whistleblower protection org Government Accountability Project files a complaint to Congress over Twitter suspending VoA's Steve Herman and other journalists  —  Nearly a week after Twitter's new owner Elon Musk said that the accounts of suspended journalists would be reinstated, at least six remain blocked.
Public Notice:
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
Huntsville, Texas votes to privatize its local library after removing its Pride display and Banned Books Week display and placing the city librarian on leave  —  The Huntsville Public Library (HPL) has been under fire since this summer, when a book display riled up city officials.
The Hill:
The January 6 committee recommends that Congress “continue to evaluate policies of media companies that have had the effect of radicalizing their consumers”  —  The House committee examining last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol issued its long-awaited final report on Thursday night …
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Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Film executives are reaffirming their vows to theatrical releases, especially after Top Gun: Maverick, but it's unclear whether audiences will show up regularly
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
[Thread] The Fort Worth NewsGuild ends its strike at McClatchy's Star-Telegram after 24 days and promises details later; the company moved on its $45K pay floor
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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