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10:05 AM ET, November 21, 2023

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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.
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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 …
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”
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
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
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
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”
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 …
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
Reuters:
Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen says an Israeli strike killed two of its journalists and a third person in south Lebanon, near the border with Israel  —  An Israeli strike killed two journalists working for a Lebanese TV channel and a third person near the border with Israel on Tuesday …
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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
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: NASCAR expanded its proposed midseason package to media companies from six to 10 races; front-runners Amazon and Turner could split the package  —  Jay Marine, the head of Amazon's sports group, is “The Big Get” on this week's Sports Media Podcast.  —  NASCAR shops 10-race package to media companies
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Jezebel has four potential buyers; two of them submitted seven-figure offers, and the front-runner would rehire former Jezebel EIC Laura Bassett  —  Weeks after its shock shuttering, Jezebel is poised to be resurrected, Confider has learned—thanks to several bidders who've come out of the woodwork.
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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  —  - Users are reportedly seeing a five-second delay when loading YouTube videos in non-Chrome browsers …
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
Yana Lyushnevskaya / Nieman Reports:
How Ukrainian media is balancing war coverage, with national TV speaking in a highly patriotic, pro-government voice and critical reporting thriving online  —  Yana Lyushnevskaya, NF '24, on the difficult dilemma Ukrainian journalists face when covering war in their own country
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

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The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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