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5:35 PM ET, January 5, 2023


 Top News: 
Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
Apple quietly launches a catalog of books narrated by AI on its Books app, in a move that publishers, authors, and agents warn may upend the audiobook market  —  Exclusive: tech firm quietly launches new audiobook catalogue narrated by AI - but move expected to spark backlash
Dave Biscobing / ABC15:
The Wall Street Journal asks the Phoenix PD to conduct an internal review after an officer handcuffed and detained WSJ reporter Dion Rabouin in November 2022  —  PHOENIX — The Wall Street Journal is demanding the Phoenix Police Department conduct an internal review and take action …
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Financial Times:
The UK government confirms it will not proceed with Channel 4's privatization, instead opting for reforms to preserve the broadcaster's financial sustainability  —  Whitehall rejects privatisation in favour of reforms to preserve broadcaster's financial sustainability
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
TikTok plans to license IMDb data to let US and UK users tag movies and TV shows and access an in-app page with information about the titles  —  Users will be able to tag a specific work and have access to a dedicated in-app page with relevant information about the title, such as cast, crew release date, run time and more.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google says Android TV OS, the underlying platform for Google TV and Android TV, now has 150M monthly active devices, up 36%+ YoY  —  At CES 2023 this week Google is sharing an update on how many devices are now using Google TV and Android TV, with 150 million devices in the hands of users.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
After FTX collapsed, “citizen journalists” like @AutismCapital, Coffeezilla, and Doomberg beat out mainstream outlets by alleging wrongdoing and adding analysis  —  A group of online creators has skyrocketed to fame by covering every aspect of the meltdown, but some optimize for attention over accuracy
Erin Woo / The Information:
Source: Twitter laid off ~40 ad optimization data scientists and engineers, as the company targets areas that leadership considers to be failing or unimportant  —  Twitter laid off about 40 data scientists and engineers working on advertising late Wednesday night in what amounted to at least …
Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Vince McMahon plans to return to WWE to pursue a sale of the business, after retiring as CEO and chairman in July 2022 amid a sexual harassment scandal  —  Vince McMahon, the majority owner and former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., WWE 2.26%increase …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
A profile of New Lines, an online-only magazine with a remote staff of 25 focused on local reporting from around the world, now printing quarterly editions  —  “Often when an editor declines or dilutes a good story, it's to say it's too in the weeds.  I always joke, 'What's wrong with weeds?'"
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Ronan Shields / Digiday:
The Trade Desk announces Galileo, a demand-side platform based on its UID2 tool, and says more than 50 North American media owners are using UID2
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Warner Bros. Discovery CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels says that the company has already ended its 12 month restructuring phase after merging with WarnerMedia
Agence France-Presse:
Iran warns France of an “effective and decisive response” after Charlie Hebdo published cartoons depicting Ayatollah Khamenei that were deemed to be insulting
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Dana Gerber / The Boston Globe:
A look at three independent Marblehead, Massachusetts news outlets launched in 2022 to fill the void left by Gannett making the Marblehead Reporter go regional
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources detail the impact of the ransomware attack on The Guardian: the paper nearly didn't print for days, print columnist picture bylines vanished, and more
Kris B. Mamula / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Cars Holding, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Block Communications, plans to acquire weekly tabloid Pittsburgh City Paper from Butler Eagle publisher Eagle Media
Vincent Manancourt / Politico:
The Irish DPC fines Meta €390M over GDPR breaches related to its ad and data handling practices, giving the company three months to comply; Meta plans to appeal
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku plans to launch its own TVs in spring 2023 across two brands, Roku Select and a higher-end Roku Plus, ranging from 24 inches for $119 to 75 inches for $999