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6:40 AM ET, July 2, 2022

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: Stranger Things amassed 7.2B minutes of viewing time for May 30-June 5, the highest weekly total for any title since rankings began about two years ago  —  The Netflix series surpasses 7 billion minutes of viewing time in the United States for the week of May 30-June 5.
Micah Sifry:
The Knight Foundation's support for Semafor's event with Tucker Carlson betrays its mission; the event frames media as a game of access and audience-building  —  By sponsoring a journalism event featuring Tucker Carlson, the philanthropy is mistaking openness for strengthening democracy.
Matthew Leimkuehler / The Tennessean:
The Copyright Royalty Board upholds a ~44% bump in streaming royalties for songwriters after a long legal appeal from Spotify, Amazon Music, Google, and Pandora  —  Songwriters earned a stalled victory Friday in their ongoing battle for higher streaming royalty pay.
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New York Times:
Netflix executives say they don't plan to change programming; two bank analysts say a cheaper ad-supported tier could cannibalize the higher-paying subscribers  —  Long Hollywood's leading innovator, the streaming service is staying the course, despite serious challenges to its business and questions about its content.
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Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange filed two appeals on Thursday to the UK high court to contest his extradition to the US; the court now decides whether the appeals can be heard  —  The WikiLeaks founder has appealed his extradition from the U.K., prolonging a yearslong fight against being sent to the U.S. to face spying charges
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal: Peacock snagged $1B in upfront ad revenue, double 2021's, part of a “record-breaking” 2022 upfront; in 2021, NBCU saw $7B+ in upfront commitments  —  NBCUniversal says 2022 was the “highest grossing upfront since Comcast's acquisition” of the company more than a decade ago.
Craig Silverman / ProPublica:
Google gave user data to Russian ad company RuTarget, including potentially sensitive info about users in Ukraine, four months after the US sanctioned RuTarget  —  The internet giant may have provided Sberbank-owned RuTarget with unique mobile phone IDs, IP addresses, location information …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU is shutting down its Olympic Channel, launched in 2017 with a focus on content about US Olympic athletes, on September 30  —  A second NBCUniversal sports cable outlet is getting ready to finish its game.  —  NBCUniversal has notified cable and satellite operators that it intends …
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75% of large subscription publishers offer discounted trials  —  The majority of large publishers with digital subscription products are currently offering discounted trials to help drive new subscriber acquisition, according to Toolkits research.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
News outlets should stop running puff pieces about Supreme Court justices written by lawyers with ties to the court; a review shows their incorrect predictions  —  Lisa Blatt, an attorney who has argued more than 40 cases before the Supreme Court, wrote an opinion piece for Politico Magazine …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
A group of 68 journalists writes to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asking to reopen large events to all and end an opaque pre-screening process  —  A group of 66 journalists sent a rare protest letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Thursday asking …
 
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Kerry Flynn / Axios:
Refinitiv: media and entertainment M&A activity halved from $215.5B in H1 2021 to $105.1B in H1 2022, and the number of deals fell from 1,710 to 1,546
Matthew Bremner / Bloomberg:
A profile of Uzbek political blogger Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was charged with sedition and tortured for pseudonymously criticizing the autocratic regime
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times adds free access to The Athletic for all-access digital and home delivery subscribers and plans to implement a more flexible Athletic paywall
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roughly 65 Wired workers threaten to strike on July 12 and July 13, Amazon's Prime Days, seeking more pay and the inclusion of product reviewers in their union
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter hires Maggie McLean Suniewick, formerly president of distribution and business development for NBCUniversal's digital properties, as VP of partnerships
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Study: since 2005, Texas has lost 211 out of its 634 newspapers and about eight newspaper journalists per 10K residents; 27 of 254 counties have no newspaper