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10:35 PM ET, January 23, 2023


 Top News: 
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
Spotify plans to lay off ~6% of its workforce, or ~600 jobs, says content and ad head Dawn Ostroff is leaving, and reorganizes its engineering and product units  —  Music streaming firm Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N) plans to cut 6% of its workforce, the company said on Monday …
Jon Christian / Futurism:
An investigation finds extensive evidence that AI used by CNET appears to have plagiarized the work of competitors and human writers at Bankrate and even CNET  —  CNET's AI-written articles aren't just riddled with errors.  They also appear to be substantially plagiarized.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC chair Richard Sharp says he's asked the BBC board to review any potential conflicts of interest over his reported role in securing a loan for Boris Johnson
Hamish Morrison / The National:
Report: BBC chairman Richard Sharp helped Boris Johnson secure an £800,000 loan in 2020, just weeks before the then-prime minister recommended Sharp for the job
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Friends and colleagues of Deadline founder Nikki Finke, who died in October 2022, recall her last years and try to make sense of Hollywood's brashest chronicler  —  Was Nikki Finke a genius or a monster?  Friends and colleagues try to make sense of the entertainment industry's brashest chronicler.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
The unprofitable Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, and Time rely on their billionaire owners' goodwill to survive while trying new business models  —  Starting a decade ago, a generation of new-money billionaires rode to the rescue of American journalism:
Prominent Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo's mutilated body was found on January 22, five days after being abducted, showing reporting perils in the country  —  The mutilated body of a prominent Cameroonian journalist was found on Sunday near the capital Yaounde five days after he was abducted …
Jim Fitzpatrick / openDemocracy:
Hacked emails: the UK Treasury issued special licenses in 2021 to let Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, sanctioned in 2020, sue Bellingcat's Eliot Higgins  —  UK Treasury, then under Rishi Sunak's control, let Yevgeny Prigozhin circumvent sanctions to target Eliot Higgins
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Teachers in Manatee County are being told to make their classroom libraries unavailable until they are “vetted” by librarians, or they risk felony prosecution  —  Teachers in Manatee County, Florida, are being told to make their classroom libraries — and any other “unvetted” …
Natalie Allison / Politico:
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: ABC News is mulling offloading Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, which faces renewed scrutiny for recent polling data choices, as ABC looks to cut costs
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has discussed making VR content with some media partners, including Disney, and is working to update Apple TV+ content to work with its headset
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Netflix is well-positioned due to low debt load, its investments, and first mover advantage; long-term success still requires making compelling content at scale
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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
How artists Kelly McKernan, Karla Ortiz, and Sarah Andersen found each other due to their AI concerns and sued Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and DeviantArt
Shira Stein / San Francisco Chronicle:
A look at the San Francisco Inquirer, launched by a New York consultant to look like a local news site and pressure lawmakers to support a Bay Area-based tribe
Mia Galuppo / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with “Justice” director Doug Liman on making the Brett Kavanaugh documentary in secret for over a year, its surprise Sundance screening, and more