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4:05 PM ET, December 3, 2023


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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
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.
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  —  Streamers are increasingly joining with rivals to offer bundles that help attract and keep subscribers
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  —  Newsmax is clashing with the Republican National Committee after the conservative, Trump-friendly channel wasn't able to co-sponsor …
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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Siddharth Cavale / Reuters:
Walmart says the company is not advertising on X “as we've found other platforms to better reach our customers”  —  Walmart (WMT.N) said on Friday it is not advertising on social media platform X, the latest brand to say it has dropped the Elon Musk-owned site.
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  —  But with thousands of subreddits, where exactly news sites should promote their work presents a dilemma
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  —  Unionized employees at Scholastic have reached a tentative new contract agreement with management following their one-day work stoppage last month over wage-related grievances.
Discussion: @nyguild
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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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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
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
Mike Nelson / The Streamable:
Tegna-owned TV stations, which reach ~39% of US households, go dark on DirecTV after the two companies did not renew their three-year retransmission agreement
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Meta's and YouTube's use of celebrities' likenesses for AI chatbots and songs raises tough questions about identity, IP, compensation, safeguards, and licensing
Emma Nelson / Star Tribune:
Minnesota's Star Tribune hires Aron Pilhofer, who co-founded DocumentCloud, Hacks/Hackers, and Tiny News Collective, as chief product officer

From Techmeme:

Jon Victor / The Information:
Sources: Google quietly delayed Gemini's public launch from next week to January 2024; a source says the LLM doesn't reliably handle some non-English queries

New York Times:
A deep dive into the founding of DeepMind, OpenAI, and Anthropic, as many of their backers feared the risks of advanced AI, but hoped to safely shape it

Tara García Mathewson / The Markup:
How a California college uses data collection tools to track students' daily movements, like homework trackers, e-proctoring software, and license plate readers

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