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12:10 PM ET, January 31, 2023

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch a waitlist for Artifact, an app with a personalized news feed that will let users discuss articles  —  EXCLUSIVE: Meet Artifact, a kind of TikTok for text  —  Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are back.
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
In interviews with 75+ journalists and media experts, a Washington Post ex-executive editor finds that newsrooms that move beyond “objectivity” can build trust  —  Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Penguin Random House CEO Madeline McIntosh is stepping down after four years, making her the third senior executive to leave PRH in the last two months  —  Madeline McIntosh is third top executive to leave company in past two months  —  Madeline McIntosh said she is stepping down as chief executive …
Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
Paramount Global plans to merge its Showtime streaming service with Paramount+'s ad-free tier later in 2023 and call the new offering Paramount+ with SHOWTIME  —  It's been a long time coming, but later this year, Paramount Global will finally fully integrate the streaming arm …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Spotify reports Q4 revenue up 18% YoY to €3.2B and a €270M loss, up from €39M YoY, as operating costs rose 44% YoY; paying subscribers were up 10M to 205M  —  Music streaming group adds subscribers but is hit by rise in operating expenses  —  Spotify's losses ballooned …
Anne Kauranen / Reuters:
Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic unions quit the IFJ, accusing the union of undemocratic practices, unethical finances, and other “corruptive activity”  —  Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic unions will quit a global media federation on Tuesday in protest at …
Wall Street Journal:
If the US wins its antitrust Google case, a spinoff is more likely than a sale, valuing the ad businesses at tens of billions and giving advertisers more choice  —  If government prevails, an asset spinoff is thought to be more likely than a sale  —  Google spent the better part …
David Satin / The Streamable:
NBCU source confirms Peacock has stopped offering its free tier to new subscribers, though it remains available to existing subscribers  —  Peacock will no longer offer their free tier for new subscribers, The Streamable has confirmed.  Instead, new users who attempt to sign …
Kristin Robinson / Billboard:
How Rick Astley's lawsuit against Yung Gravy may affect interpolation, a technique that avoids the costly and lengthy process of getting rights to music samples  —  Re-recording classic tracks has become more common for financial and creative reasons, but the “Betty (Get Money)” case may give producers pause.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Discovery signs deals to license some content that it pulled from HBO Max, including Westworld, to Roku and Tubi's free, ad-supported channels  —  In December, WBD announced it would be licensing bundles of its shows to FAST streaming services.
 
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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
A look at Spanish-language livestreaming growth on Twitch; the platform's audience for Spanish, its fastest-growing language, grew sixfold from 2019 to 2022
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Sources detail the collapse of Insider's Washington DC bureau, launched in March 2020: steady staff exits and its head fired days before the 2022 US midterms
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Memo: HarperCollins plans to cut 5% of its employees in North American by June 30, since the sales surge from the pandemic has “slowed significantly as of late”
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Donald Trump sues Bob Woodward over audio recordings for Woodward's book Rage that Trump says he didn't agree could be used in an audiobook, The Trump Tapes
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
ElevenLabs found an uptick in “voice cloning misuse cases” during its recent beta; 4chan users made deepfake voices of Joe Rogan, Ben Sharpio, and Emma Watson
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
How Barnes & Noble came back from near death, as the company plans to open 30 new stores in 2023 and is increasingly seen as an ally of indie booksellers