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8:15 AM ET, November 21, 2023

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Sharon Knolle / The Wrap:
X files a defamation lawsuit against Media Matters, claiming the outlet “knowingly and maliciously” misrepresented the amount of antisemitic content on X  —  Musk says the watchdog org “would not let truth get in the way of a story”  —  Elon Musk has followed through on his threat …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Texas' AG, “troubled” by Elon Musk's claims, probes Media Matters, which calls X's suit “frivolous”; X avoids anti-SLAPP statutes by filing in the 5th Circuit  —  X, formerly Twitter, has followed through with owner Elon Musk's threat to sue the left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters.
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 …
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
At a hastily assembled all-hands, Linda Yaccarino said Media Matters is known “to force a narrative” and asked staff to “be as fiscally responsible as possible”  —  KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH - WPA POOL/GETTY IMAGES  —  At a Monday all-hands hastily assembled at the last minute at X …
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
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Media Matters' claims that some companies' ads appeared next to antisemitic content do not seem to be “manufactured”, contrary to what X alleges in its suit
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”
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
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
Press Gazette:
Jeff Zucker's RedBird IMI plans to 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 …
The Verge:
Epic v. Google: a Google exec confirms that Spotify pays no commission when users buy subscriptions via Spotify's payment system and 4% when they pay via Google  —  Music streaming service Spotify struck a seemingly unique and highly generous deal with Google for Android-based payments …
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 …
Washington Post:
Investigation: as Amazon and Netflix back down on daring films, self-censorship pervades the Indian streaming industry due to pressure from Modi's ruling BJP  —  MUMBAI — Over a three-decade career, the filmmaker Anurag Kashyap often trained a critical eye on his native India as he wove tales …
Emmanuel Morgan / New York Times:
A look at the surge of NFL players who have begun hosting podcasts during the season, a surprising development in a league that tends to suppress individuality  —  The N.F.L. tends to suppress individuality, but podcasts from stars like the Kelce brothers, Micah Parsons and Tyreek Hill are popping up as valuable portals to fans.
Aamir Siddiqui / Android Authority:
YouTube confirms that “users who have ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal viewing”, after users reported five-second delays on non-Chrome browsers  —  Some users are experiencing a five-second delay when loading YouTube videos on Firefox, but not on Chrome.  —  •
Nicolas Parasie / Bloomberg:
Middle East-based streamers OSN+ and Anghami plan to merge; OSN Group plans to inject $50M into Anghami and become a majority shareholder in the company  —  - Entity to have over 120 million users, $100 million in revenue  — OSN Group to continue to run its pay TV business separately
 
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Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features

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