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5:30 PM ET, July 6, 2023


 Top News: 
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Meta launches Instagram's text-based Threads app on the App Store and Google Play in 100+ countries; users log in via Instagram and can follow the same accounts  —  - Threads is a text-based messaging app that looks very similar to Twitter.  — People will be able to use their Instagram usernames …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Hands-on with Threads: fairly bare-bones text-based messaging app, log in via Instagram, no hashtags, no edit button, search is only for user handles, and more  —  Programming note: I really was trying to take a vacation, but this felt like it was worth the one-day interruption.
Tatiana Siegel / Variety:
GQ EIC Will Welch, who sources say made the call to pull a piece critical of WBD CEO David Zaslav, is producing a Warner Bros. movie, a likely ethical conflict  —  On July 3, rolled out a hot-take story titled “How Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav Became Public Enemy Number One in Hollywood.”
Will Sommer / Washington Post:
GQ pulls an article criticizing David Zaslav; sources say a Zaslav spokesman complained, causing extensive edits and the author asking GQ to remove his byline  —  The writer said he asked to have his byline removed after GQ made extensive changes after publication.  The magazine removed the story instead.
Sean Keeley / Awful Announcing:
G/O Media's outlets start posting AI-generated content despite staff pushback; a Gizmodo editor calls an AI-generated Star Wars list with errors “embarrassing”  —  A few weeks back, we wrote about the seemingly never-ending drama at G/O Media, wondering why writers …
New York Times:
Memo: NBC CEO Mike Cavanagh promotes Donna Langley, to make entertainment content creative decisions, and Mark Lazarus, to have purview over business decisions  —  Donna Langley will gain broader oversight of creative decisions for the company's entertainment content.
John Herrman / New York Magazine:
The first modern US election without a “minimum viable media” could be in 2024, as automated content helps news institutions and distribution systems collapse  —  In a recent interview with Canadian right-wing influencer Jordan Peterson, Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr …
Discussion: @intelligencer and @grahamdavida
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Trade groups push back against the FTC's “click to cancel” proposal; News Media Alliance says its members get “very few complaints” about cancellation processes  —  Mandating a simpler cancellation process would confuse consumers and create problems for businesses, trade groups say
Randy Thanthong-Knight / Bloomberg:
Canada's government, media company Quebecor, and cable TV operator Cogeco suspend advertising on Facebook and Instagram in response to Meta's move to drop news  —  The Canadian government is suspending its advertisements on Facebook and Instagram in response to Meta Platforms Inc.'s plan …
Brian Merchant / Los Angeles Times:
California and Canada should call Google's and Facebook's bluff, given the success of Australia's 2021 media law, as the companies threaten to remove news links
Sarah Alvarez / Columbia Journalism Review:
Philanthropists such as the MacArthur Foundation are weighing whether and how to spend big to help local news; rumors set the amount up to $500M over five years  —  A group of philanthropy heavyweights including the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation and others with enough collective spending power …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify stops letting subscribers paying via Apple's App Store to use IAP as a payment method, after barring new subscribers from using Apple's IAP in May 2016  —  Spotify hasn't let new Premium subscribers pay for service using in-app purchases via Apple's App Store since May 2016 …
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James Warrington / Telegraph:
News UK denies having plans to close TalkTV, reportedly by the end of 2023; Barb: TalkTV reached 1.8M in May 2023, vs. 9M for Sky News and 11M for BBC News
Discussion: Broadband TV News and Guido Fawkes
A look at Disney's costly film flops, creative struggles, and shrinking 2023 box office, a shift from 2022, when Avatar: The Way of Water and other hits debuted
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Jesse Levine / Bloomberg:
Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud plans to step down at the end of August 2023 “to pursue a new opportunity”; board member Adam Gross will become interim CEO on September 1
Discussion: The Desk
Wall Street Journal:
Paramount, Comcast, Disney, and Netflix's total market value has dropped $280B+ since the end of 2020; WBD lost ~50% of its value since its 2022 trading debut
James Ball / Rolling Stone:
A UK journalist details the DOJ's and the FBI's efforts to pressure him and three other UK journalists to cooperate with the US' prosecution of Julian Assange