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2:55 PM ET, January 25, 2023

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Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter reinstates some Hindu nationalist accounts popular in India, including some denigrating Muslims, and blocks links to a BBC documentary on Narendra Modi  —  Human-rights groups say they have seen a rise in anti-Muslim material on the platform  —  Elon Musk's Unconventional Management Style: Former Employees Share Stories
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Washington Post:
India has taken extraordinary measures to prevent citizens from seeing the BBC's Narendra Modi documentary, including cutting electricity and detaining students  —  NEW DELHI — The film had already been banned, the social media posts censored.  Now, the students huddled without light …
The Guardian:
Margaret Sullivan, former Washington Post columnist and New York Times public editor, joins The Guardian US as a media, politics, and culture weekly columnist  —  GNM press office  —  Beginning this week, Margaret Sullivan, one of America's leading journalists and media commentators …
New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch withdraws his News Corp and Fox Corp merger plan after significant investor pushback; James Murdoch questioned the deal in letters to both boards  —  News Corp, one of his companies, said Rupert Murdoch had determined that a merger was “not optimal for shareholders of News Corp and Fox at this time.”
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
DirecTV drops Newsmax after carriage fee negotiations hit a standstill and the current contract expired on January 25; Newsmax was on cable in ~50M households  —  The conservative cable outlet was cut loose after the two sides failed to agree on terms, taking away a chunk of Newsmax's cable footprint.
Variety:
Hindenburg Research accuses Adani Group, India's largest corporation and an aspiring media empire, of “pulling the largest con in corporate history”  —  Hindenburg Research, a firm that engages in short-selling of company stocks in anticipation of a share price decline …
Bryce Elder / Financial Times:
FT Alphaville closes its Mastodon server and reflects on why running a social media site is a bad idea, including due to reputational, legal, and security risks  —  Extinction looms for FTAV's Mastodon presence  —  A few months ago, FT Alphaville thought it might be fun to host a Mastodon server.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Adult Swim cuts ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland after felony domestic violence charges surface; his voice role will be recast  —  Justin Roiland, co-creator, executive producer and star of Adult Swim's flagship animated series Rick and Morty, is no longer in business …
Alex Ritman / The Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Group signs a deal with Saudi-owned MBC Group to create bespoke, Arabic-language content and provide training; Vice opened a Riyadh office in 2021  —  The youth media brand will create bespoke Arabic content for the government-owned Middle East behemoth.
Discussion: Observer and Variety
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Twitter launches an option letting advertisers place Promoted Tweets within specific search results, allowing targeting based on user intent  —  Twitter has launched a new ad option that will enable advertisers to place Promoted Tweets within specific search results, enabling more specific targeting based on user intent.
Discussion: @glenngabe
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK national newspaper cover prices increased 14% over the past year, affected by the rising price of paper; the steepest increases have been introduced by Reach  —  But still only one newspaper is more expensive than the average pint of lager.  —  National newspaper cover prices …
 
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Washington Post:
About 75% of The Washington Post newsroom's eligible employees are now union members, the highest percentage in decades, after a signup surge in recent months
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
In his new book, Mike Pompeo calls Jamal Khashoggi an activist, not a journalist, which The Washington Post's Fred Ryan says is a shameful “ploy to sell books”
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Netflix, Apple, and Amazon accounted for 19 Oscars nominations, down from 37 in 2022, and only one streaming title got more than one nomination
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
The DOJ sues Google, joined by California and seven other US states, calling for the breakup of its ad tech business that allegedly monopolizes the US ad market
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

 
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