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10:55 PM ET, January 11, 2023


 Top News: 
Frank Landymore / Futurism:
CNET has been using an “AI engine” to write financial explainers under a CNET Money byline since November 2022, reviewed, fact-checked, and edited by a human  —  Next time you're on your favorite news site, you might want to double check the byline to see if it was written by an actual human.
New York Times:
Noah Oppenheim is leaving NBC News in a reorganization; NBCUniversal appoints Rebecca Blumenstein, a top New York Times editor, as NBC News' editorial president  —  The appointment of Ms. Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, is a part of a broad overhaul of the news division at NBCUniversal.
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Union email: Dow Jones, which owns The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and MarketWatch, is laying off staff; no WSJ newsroom cuts are expected in this round  —  Dow Jones, a division of News Corp that includes the financial news outlets the Wall Street Journal, Barron's and MarketWatch …
The Information:
Sources: GroupM clients cut Twitter ad spend by 40%-50% since Elon Musk took over; Standard Media Index is seeing fewer January and February ad bookings in 2023  —  Twitter's ad business is not recovering.  —  Clients of WPP-owned GroupM, the world's largest ad-buying firm …
Lillian Rizzo / CNBC:
Sources: DirecTV, which has fewer than 10,000 employees, is laying off ~10% of its upper ranks to cut costs; the last day for affected staff will be January 20  —  - DirecTV is laying off hundreds of employees — roughly 10% of its upper ranks — as the company looks to reduce costs, according to people familiar with the matter.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Sources: Parler's parent company laid off ~75% of its staff and most of its chief executives over the past few weeks, leaving the social app with ~20 employees  —  Parlement Technologies, the parent company of “censorship-free” social media platform Parler, has laid off a majority of its staff …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
A look at Matt Yglesias' boring journey toward the political center, as 13,000+ Substack users pay $80/year for his slightly contrarian, mildly annoying takes  —  The Washington ur-blogger's slightly contrarian, mildly annoying, somewhat influential, very lucrative path toward the political center
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC broadcasting the tarnished Golden Globes again shows the awards are about business and Hollywood has dropped any pretense of celebrating artistic excellence  —  Amid a few awkward moments, the industry's stars mostly embraced the chance to accept film and TV trophies in hopes of a bump in business and award-season momentum.
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
South Korea's Kakao Entertainment, which publishes digital animated shows and novels, raises $930M from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and others  —  Kakao Entertainment Corp. has won $930 million from investors including Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, securing …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
US Representative Matt Gaetz introduces an amendment to allow C-SPAN cameras on the House floor during normal proceedings, replacing the “antiquated” pool view
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Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
The Guardian confirms the outlet was hit with a ransomware attack in December 2022 and that the personal data of UK staff was accessed, possibly via phishing
Tyler Coates / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix plans to stream the SAG Awards globally starting in 2024, as part of a multiyear deal; the 2023 ceremony will stream on Netflix's YouTube channel
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in late 2022, Netflix stopped letting director-level staff see other employees' salaries, a major shift for a company offering rare pay transparency
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WWE co-CEO Stephanie McMahon resigns, less than a week after her father, Vince, fired three board members, replacing them with himself and two former executives