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7:25 AM ET, December 4, 2023


 Top News: 
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify plans to lay off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow growth and rising capital costs, after cutting 6% in June  —  Spotify is eliminating about 17% jobs, its third round of layoffs this year, as the music streaming looks to become “both productive and efficient.”
Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
The Guardian's senior editors issue a rare joint message to staff, warning them on signing letters and posting messages that “risk compromising” its integrity  —  The Guardian's most senior editors have issued a rare joint message to their staff, warning journalists …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:NEW!
Anthony Ha / Engadget:
A look at the escalating battle between YouTube and ad blockers, as YouTube speeds up its methods to detect blockers and rolls out new ways to serve ads  —  Against all odds, open source hackers keep outfoxing one of the wealthiest companies.  —  YouTube recently took dramatic action …
Celeste Katz Marston / Nieman Reports:
Five lessons from successful local news startups, including focusing on a single mission, openness to non-traditional reporting, and engaging the public  —  Five lessons from successful local news startups  —  Let's start with an encouraging statistic: Despite years of demoralizing reports …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Kick, the livestreaming site that grew by embracing online gambling and lax moderation, tries to move away from edgy content amid public and regulatory pressure  —  The Twitch competitor has doled out generous deals to content creators.  It has also faced criticism for its lax moderation and embrace of online gambling.
Dawn Wotapka / Talking Biz News:
Q&A with Kevin Delaney, who co-founded “future-of-work” media and research company Charter in 2021, on the company's goals, his time at Quartz and WSJ, and more  —  When I started this column, I expected it to be filled with routine Q&As about reporting, writing and editing.
Aletha Adu / The Guardian:
Discussion: @jamesrbuk
Maria Sherman / Associated Press:
Kiss' three current members reveal digital avatars of themselves, created by Pophouse and George Lucas' ILM, which will tour as the rock band stops live touring  —  On Saturday night, Kiss will close out the final performance of their “The End of the Road” farewell tour at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
Appetite for ad-free publisher subscriptions could be growing  —  Consumers say their distaste for advertising within publishers' subscription products is growing, suggesting appetites for ad-free experiences could be growing too.
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A group of 83 Spanish media outlets files a €550M lawsuit against Meta, citing unfair competition in ads due to its “massive” and “systematic” use of data  —  A group representing 83 Spanish media outlets on Monday said it has filed a 550 million euro ($598 million) …
Phil Walker / The Guardian:
How successful cricket podcasts, often begun as labors of love by obsessive fans, have persisted in a broadcasting landscape saturated by rivaling media outlets  —  How do fans follow a sport that feels more present than ever yet also more bloated and stratified?  By listening to podcasts
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Appetite for ad-free publisher subscriptions could be growing  —  Consumers say their distaste for advertising within publishers' subscription products is growing, suggesting appetites for ad-free experiences could be growing too.
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Alex Thompson / Axios:
Sources: Newsmax is clashing with the RNC after RNC proposed that Newsmax pay $2M to co-sponsor the third GOP primary debate as the junior partner to ABC News
Sophia Stewart / Publishers Weekly:
Scholastic magazine unionized employees reach a tentative new contract deal that includes a $65K salary floor, wage increases, and a hybrid work agreement
Discussion: @nyguild
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CNN launches a test of CNN Shorts, a vertical video player on its website, for smartphones; CNN's mobile app will get a CNN Shorts section in the near future
Ben Mullin / @benmullin:
The Washington Post Guild authorizes a 24-hour walkout for December 7 after securing 700 commitments, saying that The Washington Post is bargaining in bad faith
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hasbro's EOne cuts 10% of its workforce before Lionsgate closes its $500M acquisition, likely by 2023's end; eOne cut 20% of its staff in June 2023
Discussion: Deadline and Variety
Siddharth Cavale / Reuters:
Walmart says the company is not advertising on X “as we've found other platforms to better reach our customers”
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Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Business Insider faces criticism after promoting a story about a female founder in a well-known influencer “snark” subreddit known for harassment against women
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Sources: streaming services like Netflix and Viacom18 plan to collectively lobby India to delay or revamp a bill that would set up content evaluation committees
Discussion: ScreenRant
Financial Times:
X accelerates its plan to attract ad spending by SMBs, including outsourcing some ad sales to third parties, such as US-based marketing startup JumpCrew
Kyodo News:
Sources: South China Morning Post reporter Minnie Chan has gone missing after visiting Beijing to cover a forum in October; SCMP says she's “on personal leave”
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Viaplay sells its UK business back to Premier Sports, just a year after acquiring the unit for £30M, and plans to exit the Baltics and Poland by summer 2025
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple and Paramount have discussed an Apple TV+ and Paramount+ bundle that would cost less than subscribing to both streaming services separately