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3:50 PM ET, November 20, 2023

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Jeff Zucker's RedBird IMI says it will take control of the Telegraph and Spectator after agreeing to a loan of £600M to repay debts owed by the Barclay family  —  Abu Dhabi-backed investment fund RedBird IMI has said it is set to take control of the Telegraph and Spectator publications …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: senior UK ministers, including the business minister and security minister, raised concerns about the possibility of foreign ownership of the Telegraph  —  - Badenoch, Tugendhat raise worries with Media Secretary Frazer  — Lloyds seized the Telegraph titles in June to claw back debts
Vicky Ge Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Crypto exchange Bullish, run by a former NYSE president, acquires CoinDesk for an undisclosed sum in an all-cash deal; DCG acquired CoinDesk for $500K in 2016  —  CoinDesk says former Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray will chair an independent editorial committee
Forbes:
Sources: ad executives told Linda Yaccarino that she is risking her reputation and should step down as X's CEO to make a statement about racism and antisemitism  —  In the aftermath of IBM, Disney, Apple and others pausing spending on X, formerly known as Twitter, top advertising executives …
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Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
In a note to employees, Linda Yaccarino says the Media Matters report about ads on X is “misleading” and that X is in the midst of battling “deceptive attacks”  —  In a note to employees, the X CEO said that reports of antisemitic content on the platform come from a “misleading and manipulated article.”
Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Apple pauses all its advertising on X after Elon Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic X post and a report that Apple ads ran next to pro-Nazi content  —  - The left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters for America published a report Thursday that highlighted Apple, IBM …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
After big advertisers flee X, right-wing media outlets and influencers pledge to buy ads or donate, like Benny Johnson, Andrew Tate, Gavin McInnes, Babylon Bee  —  So far, they are at least hundreds of millions of dollars short on making up for X's potential lost revenue. … Disney.
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: Linda Yaccarino asked her son and X executive Matt Madrazo to reach out to GOP ad spenders; X aims for $100M in political ads during the 2024 elections  —  The Scoop  —  Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X, formerly Twitter, has turned the service's Hail Mary bet on an imagined $100 …
New York Times:
Disney pauses ad spending on X, joining Lionsgate and IBM
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, Lionsgate, and Comcast suspend ads on X, joining other media and tech companies
Reuters:
Belal Jadallah, who led the board of the Press House-Palestine, and two freelance journalists were killed in Gaza over the weekend, per relatives  —  The head of a prominent media institution in Gaza and two other journalists were killed during the weekend in Israel's offensive in the territory …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Steven Waldman / Poynter:
In addition to creating local news websites, outlets need to embed reporters in Nextdoor and Facebook local groups to “walk the beat” and get story ideas  —  Its reach is on par with, if not greater than, US newspapers.  Instead of harrumphing its lack of journalistic standards, why don't we embed reporters?
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
LADbible Group launches a tech website to help build on the brand's existing Unilad Tech social pages, after the audience for its tech content grew 187% YoY  —  The launch builds on Unilad Tech's social audience of 18 million followers.  —  Ladbible Group has launched a dedicated tech website …
 
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Associated Press:
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Univision faces growing Latino backlash for its handling of a November 7 Trump interview, as 70+ groups send a protest letter and Congress members ask to meet
Alan Rusbridger / Prospect:
In her memoir, Nadine Dorries, the UK's former culture secretary, alleges that a non-executive director of the BBC tried to influence her choice of Ofcom chair
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
The Golden Globes will air live on CBS, stream on Paramount+, and be available in the CBS app on January 7, 2024, after ending its longtime association with NBC
Giulia Petroni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy's competition watchdog opens an investigation into whether Meta has failed to provide adequate information on how to mark branded content on Instagram
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

 
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