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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.
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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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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