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2:30 PM ET, January 12, 2023


 Top News: 
Tony Stubblebine / The Official Medium Blog:
Medium creates its own Mastodon instance, plans to offer it as a service for members, promises reliable moderation and smoother onboarding, and more  —  The fediverse is a breath of fresh air for writers and social media  —  Today, Medium is launching a Mastodon instance at to help our authors …
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Tim Davie says the BBC isn't “proactively putting a date on a digital switchover” and that the shift won't “remove things used by lots of people too soon”  —  The BBC is “not proactively putting a date on a digital switchover or anything stupid like that,” …
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Sources: Coinbase's internal “sentiment” tracker showed Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was consistently viewed more favorably by the media right up until its collapse  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase has for years tracked how the company is portrayed in the press and online, and that …
Brian Veseling / WAN-IFRA:
After enabling online subscription cancellation, Minnesota Star Tribune finds the online process retains 18.5% of customers vs. 8.8% when done via a call center  —  2023-01-12.  “Our goal is to discuss retention as often as we discuss acquisition,” says Toby Collodora …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Saksha Menezes / Bloomberg:
Research: UK vinyl sales reached £150.5M in 2022, surpassing CD sales, which fell 17.4% YoY to £124M, the first time vinyl outsold CDs since 1987  —  Vinyl Outsold CDs in the UK Last Year  —  Sales from 2018 to 2022  —  Source: The Digital Entertainment and Retail Association
Discussion: ERA Ltd
Sam Kille / The GroundTruth Project:
The GroundTruth Project, home of Report for America and Report for the World, names Rob Zeaske as its new CEO, starting January 23  —  The GroundTruth Project, home of Report for America and Report for the World, is pleased to announce the selection of Rob Zeaske as its CEO and president …
Discussion: @stevenwaldman
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. Discovery announces the first price hike for HBO Max, with the ad-free monthly subscription in the US increasing from $14.99 to $15.99  —  Effective Thursday, Jan. 12, the price of a new HBO Max no-ads monthly subscription in the U.S. will increase from $14.99 to $15.99 (plus applicable taxes).
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
A look at ratings growth for Fox News' The Five, surpassing shows from Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, and second only to Yellowstone in 2022 cable ratings  —  How ‘The Five’ surpassed Tucker Carlson in the ratings: It's the ‘Avengers of Fox News’ — but at an hour that reflects the increasing dominance of older viewers.
Discussion: @amyargetsinger
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
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Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
A look at Amsterdam-based Vylo, an app that combines news aggregation with user-generated video commentary and has raised a $2M pre-seed led by Kleiner Perkins
Joseph Cox / VICE:
A September 2022 New York Times investigation inadvertently exposed apparent phone numbers of Russian soldiers, critical of the Ukraine war, and their families
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney names Nike Executive Chairman Mark Parker as its chairman, succeeding Susan Arnold, and fights activist investor Nelson Peltz's effort to join its board
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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
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
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