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8:40 AM ET, January 24, 2023

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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.
Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Reddit promotes Harold Klaje to be its first chief revenue officer; Klaje joined in 2020 and grew advertising outside the US, including in the UK and Germany  —  Social media company Reddit Inc. has made several changes to its executive ranks about a year after filing for an initial public offering.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
A look at the challenge of moderating livestreams for children and vulnerable users, even if age verification can be improved and privacy concerns addressed  —  Abby Rayner was 13 when she first watched livestreams on Instagram that demonstrated self-harm techniques and encouraged viewers to participate.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Magna study: 41%, 49%, and 36% of surveyed US, UK, and Australian consumers believe a brand's video ad is supporting the content simply by being adjacent to it  —  The brand safety of advertising content adjacencies is far from a new issue for the ad industry, but a new study …
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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
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: ABC News is considering offloading Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, which faces renewed scrutiny for polling data selections, as ABC looks to cut costs  —  This reporting is one of several scoops featured in this week's edition of Confider, the newsletter pulling back the curtain on the media.
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:
Schools tell teachers in Manatee County, Florida to make their classroom libraries unavailable until they are “vetted” by librarians, or risk felony prosecution  —  Teachers in Manatee County, Florida, are being told to make their classroom libraries — and any other “unvetted” …
 
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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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Reuters:
Prominent Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo's mutilated body was found on January 22, five days after being abducted, showing reporting perils in the country
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
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