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6:10 PM ET, January 25, 2023

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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 …
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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
Axios:
Meta plans to reinstate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks with “new guardrails to deter repeat offenses”, after a two-year ban  —  - “We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg told Axios.
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sinclair Broadcast's Diamond Sports Group heads toward an $8.6B debt restructuring in bankruptcy court and bets on its new direct-to-consumer streaming service  —  America's largest owner of local sports channels is heading toward a complex $8.6 billion debt restructuring in bankruptcy court …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike, the first prolonged newspaper strike in decades, still has no end in sight after 100 days and four negotiating sessions  —  When staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette walked off the job in October, they became the first newspaper to strike in decades.
Connie Guglielmo / CNET:
CNET's EIC reflects on the outlet's AI use and lessons learned, like ensuring that bylines and disclosures are visible and plagiarism checks are done properly  —  New tools are accelerating change in the publishing industry.  We're going to help shape that change.
Variety:
US short seller Hindenburg Research says Adani Group, India's largest corporation and aspiring media empire, is “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 …
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.
 
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Washington Post:
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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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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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