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1:15 PM ET, January 13, 2023


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Barry Diller's IAC hires an investment bank to explore the sale of The Daily Beast, which Diller launched in 2008; the sale process is in early stages  —  The tech mogul's company has hired Whisper Advisors, an advisory firm, to find potential buyers for the digital publication.
Connie Guglielmo / CNET:
After a report that it is using AI for writing articles, CNET explains its test, changes the byline on AI-written posts, and makes disclosures more prominent  —  For over two decades, CNET has built our reputation testing new technologies and separating the hype from reality.
Sources: Tokyo-based aggregator website and app SmartNews, valued at $2B in 2021, laid off ~120 people, or 40% of US and China staff, with more coming in Japan  —  SmartNews, a Tokyo-headquartered news aggregation website and app valued at $2 billion as of 2021, today announced a 40% reduction …
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
WWE says it has retained Kirkland & Ellis as its legal adviser for a review of strategic alternatives for the company and The Raine Group as financial adviser  —  World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE.N) said on Thursday it has retained bankruptcy and restructuring powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis LLP …
Morning Brew:
Morning Brew acquires Our Future, a short-form video startup founded in 2020, with 1B views and 1M followers across TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube  —  The rise of short-form video has changed the way people consume content. … Earlier this year, Morning Brew signaled its ambitions …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Over 66,000 people sign a letter objecting to a new planned Dungeons & Dragons game license, which it says would tax some creators at 25% and stifle innovation  —  More than 54,000 fans signed an open letter in protest of a new game license  —  Once a game on the periphery for the nerdiest of nerds …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing a Talent Manager Portal with a few agencies, letting creators' talent managers oversee, execute, and analyze brand opportunities and campaigns  —  TikTok is making it easier for brands to work with its “megastar” creators with an update to its Creator Marketplace …
Jack Neff / Ad Age:
Samba TV divests its ad sales division to programmatic platform MiQ under a multiyear agreement, sidestepping conflicts with its audience measurement business  —  Samba sells its ad sales division to MiQ as it looks to sidestep conflicts with its measurement efforts
Discussion: The Wrap, MediaPost, Samba TV and Deadline
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: Warner Bros. Discovery is exploring a sale of its music library, which could be valued at $1B+, as part of its efforts to whittle down its $50B debt  —  Catalogue including Batman soundtracks could fetch more than $1bn for media group  —  Warner Bros Discovery is exploring a sale …
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Josh Ye / Reuters:
A look at Tencent's short video service WeChat Channels, which founder Pony Ma calls “the hope of the company”, as the tech giant tries to build its own TikTok  —  On a hot summer's day last year, the 90's boy band Backstreet Boys clambered on to a stage in Pennsylvania and belted …
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple Music VP Oliver Schusser will oversee Apple TV+'s business as the company reorganizes Services following VP Peter Stern's departure
Discussion: BGR and Insider
Axios hires Alex Thompson as a national political correspondent for its expanding politics team, which includes recently hired Eugene Scott and David Lindsey
Bill Bradley / Adweek:
Netflix, which added an ad tier in November 2022, plans to host its first-ever upfront week event for ad buyers, on May 17, 2023, taking Paramount's former slot
Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
Letting C-SPAN choose what to film could increase transparency but would also play to some of politicians' worst instincts of grandstanding and viral content
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Brian Veseling / WAN-IFRA:
After enabling online subscription cancellation, Minnesota Star Tribune finds the new process retains 18.5% of customers canceling vs. 8.8% via a call center
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Tony Stubblebine / The Official Medium Blog:
Medium launches a Mastodon instance on, promising members a solid infrastructure, reliable moderation, smoother onboarding, and an interesting local feed
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Sources: Coinbase's internal “sentiment” tracker showed Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was consistently viewed more favorably by the media right up until its collapse