Weekly Subscription News: Ad Slumps, Ad Data and Adding Back Catalogs

Featuring TikTok, Amazon, BuzzFeed, Boston Globe and Facebook

By the time you read this, we hope you are enjoying the three-day weekend, though all the days seem to run together now, don’t they? In this week’s subscription news, Google plans to block resources that drain device batteries and network data, BuzzFeed closes operations in the U.K. and Australia, and Facebook adds Messenger rooms for groups and events. Also in this week’s headlines, Apple changes its plans and wants to add back catalogs of TV shows and movies to Apple TV+, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) calls Amazon’s third-party seller practices “unacceptable,” and TikTok hires Kevin Mayer, the architect behind Disney+, as its new CEO.

The Architect Behind Disney+, Kevin Mayer, is TikTok’s New CEO
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Google to Block Resource-Heavy That Drain Device Battery and Network Data
Digital Information World

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