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11:55 PM ET, June 23, 2024


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Washington Post:
Stephanie McCrummen / The Atlantic:
Scrutiny of Will Lewis' past is essential because WaPo's credibility has been built upon readers' trust that its reporters don't engage in deceptive practices  —  The uproar over a publisher's ethics is a matter of survival.  —  Hours after my Washington Post colleagues and I published …
Elizabeth Djinis / Poynter:
How local nonprofit newsrooms Mountain State Spotlight, Outlier Media, and Signal Ohio are serving their communities, and what they need to continue their work  —  These organizations are revolutionizing journalism at every level: how they are funded, how they write their stories and even how they find them.
Financial Times:
Sources detail growing tensions between Elon Musk and Linda Yaccarino, stemming from her struggle to steady X's financial health a year after being named CEO  —  Tensions between billionaire and his top executive have been rising as the platform's financial health has struggled
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Jamie Kellner, who launched Fox and The WB, created Acme Communications stations group, and ran Turner Broadcasting as chairman and CEO, died on June 21 at 77  —  Jamie Kellner, who made his name as the only exec ever to create two broadcast networks — Fox and The WB (both of which also …
Janko Roettgers / The Verge:
An interview with Netflix's senior encoding technology director Anne Aaron about the company's cutting-edge codecs, preparing for livestreaming, and more  —  How cutting-edge codecs and obsessive tweaks have helped Netflix to stay ahead of the curve — until now. … Anne Aaron just can't help herself.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers  —  The AI search startup Perplexity is in hot water in the wake of a Wired investigation revealing that the startup …
Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity closely summarized a Wired story about Perplexity allegedly scraping parts of websites blocked by developers; experts are mixed on the legal impacts
Sources: Netflix has discussed creating free versions of its service in some markets, namely in Europe and Asia, but is not considering a free plan in the US  —  While Netflix is the biggest streaming service in Hollywood, it is barely in the top 10 for advertisers.
Discussion: BGR
Youssef Taha / BBC:
Iran's Supreme Court has overturned Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence for supporting anti-government protests and ordered a retrial, his lawyer says  —  A jailed Iranian rapper sentenced to death for supporting anti-government protests has had his sentence overturned on appeal by the Supreme Court, his lawyer has said.
Anna Washenko / Ars Technica:
A history of text games and interactive fiction, from Infocom to 80 Days, and the roles of MUDs, Usenet, and open source in the 50 years of interactive fiction  —  MUDs, Usenet, and open source all play a part in 50 years of IF history.  —  You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building.
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
RedBird IMI kicks off the process to sell the Telegraph and Spectator, as it seeks to recoup the £600M spent on its attempt to take control of them last year  —  Second auction for newspaper group in a year begins days after publisher reveals £278mn black hole
Discussion: City A.M., Telegraph and Reuters
Kate Irwin / PCMag:
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Upwork Research Institute's Kelly Monahan says freelance jobs that require basic writing or translation have been disappearing on Upwork since ChatGPT's debut
Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books  —  Internet Archive fans beg publishers to stop emptying the open library.  —  As a result of book publishers successfully suing …
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Kevin Nguyen / The Verge:
Interviews with several journalists who helped saturate the web with Game of Thrones coverage, leveraging fans' obsessions for traffic via SEO and social media
Issie Lapowsky / Knight Foundation:
The Knight Foundation releases a report on its $107M+ in funding for digital media research, and how the research has impacted journalists, tech companies, more
 Earlier Picks: 
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
Linda Tirado, the journalist blinded in one eye by Minneapolis police while covering a 2020 protest, is receiving palliative care as a result of the injury
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time