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12:05 AM ET, January 30, 2023

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CNN aired raw police body cam footage of Tyre Nichols' fatal arrest first, as MSNBC, Fox News, and others were initially cautious in showing the graphic video  —  CNN went first, but other cable news outlets were cautious today in showing the horrific police body cam video footage of the fatal January 7 arrest of Tyre Nichols.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Source: Spotify's podcast team, under new head Sahar Elhabashi, is focusing less on quantity in favor of courting creators and building a select group of hits  —  Hello, and welcome back to Soundbite.  It's another bleak week in the media and audio worlds, so we'll be talking …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC News says T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach will move on from the network; ABC suspended the Good Morning America anchors in December after their romance surfaced  —  “After several productive conversations with Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, about different options, we all agreed it's best …
Charlie Hall / Polygon:
Dungeons & Dragons' publisher abandons plans to alter the Open Gaming License and plans to move its Systems Reference Document to a Creative Commons license  —  A full retreat by Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast  —  Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast will abandon attempts to alter the Open Gaming License (OGL).
Sophie Vershbow / Esquire:
Authors, editors, agents, booksellers, and others worry about the potential final days of #BookTwitter, a community creating book deals, friendships, and more  —  “It feels like the castle we made is being swept off the table by a billionaire's tantrum,” one writer says.
Joseph Kapsch / The Wrap:
Nielsen: CNN notched its lowest ratings in nine years for January 16-22, averaging 444,000 primetime viewers, below 450,000 for the first time since May 2014  —  “Upcoming programming changes likely to make matters worse,” an insider tells TheWrap  —  Boy, the hits keep on coming for CNN's semi …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google researchers detail AI model MusicLM, which can generate high-fidelity music in any genre from text and was trained on a dataset of 280K hours of music  —  An impressive new AI system from Google can generate music in any genre given a text description.  But the company, fearing the risks, has no immediate plans to release it.
CTech:
OpenWeb, which helps outlets manage comments and target readers with ads, acquires Jeeng, an audience management service used by over 650 publishers, for $100M  —  The Israeli-founded unicorn, which raised $170 million at a $1.5 billion valuation three months ago, completed its third acquisition in a year …
Mustafa Abu Sneineh / Middle East Eye:
BBC Arabic, the BBC's first non-English radio service, closes after 85 years, as part of a September 2022 announcement of cost cutting and a shift to digital  —  The first foreign language radio of the British Empire Service, set up to counter the German and Italian propaganda, began its life in 1938
Wall Street Journal:
Documents and sources: Meta sees a path to recovery using AI tools that boost views of Reels, improve ad targeting even with less available user data, and more  —  After the roughest year in its history, Meta is starting to bounce back.  Users are watching its short-form videos …
 
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Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Analysis: Truth Social's ads sell diet pills, gun accessories, and Trump-themed trinkets, showing the difficulty far-right platforms face in luring large brands
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The US DOJ announces charges against three people for plotting to kill New York-based Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad, who has been targeted by Iran
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Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed stock jumped 120% on January 26 and 85% on January 27, on news that it plans to use OpenAI tools for some content
Clare Malone / New Yorker:
Sources question The Washington Post CEO Fred Ryan's strategy, after top executives left in 2022, union distrust grew, and layoffs hit beside new job postings
 

 
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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