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1:00 PM ET, February 6, 2023


 Top News: 
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images sues Stability AI in the US for allegedly copying 12M+ images without permission or compensation for training data used to create Stable Diffusion  —  Getty Images has filed a lawsuit in the US against Stability AI, creators of open-source AI art generator Stable Diffusion, escalating its legal battle against the firm.
Carrie Blazina / Online News Association:
The Online News Association appoints LaSharah S. Bunting as its CEO and Executive Director, effective March 13; she was most recently a VP at Simon & Schuster  —  Journalist, transformational leader, equity advocate will lead organization  —  The Online News Association …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
A360 Media sells The National Enquirer to VVIP Ventures, a joint venture by Vinco Ventures and Icon Publishing, for “a little less” than the $100M price in 2019  —  The publication has come under scrutiny in recent years over its suppression of stories about Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Ken Doctor says his local digital outlet Lookout Santa Cruz is on track to make a profit in 2023, and hopes to expand to another California city by 2024  —  Over many years as a leading media analyst, Ken Doctor spoke out repeatedly about the disintegrating American newspaper business.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
After Twitter said free API access would end on February 9, Elon Musk promises “a light, write-only API for bots providing good content that is free”  —  Last week, Twitter said it is shutting down free access to its APIs starting February 9.  Now, days before the deadline …
Chan Ho-him / Financial Times:
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
A look at The Nation's refusal to retract a 2017 story saying the 2016 DNC email leak was an inside job, not a Russian hack, and its history of defending Russia  —  Two and a half years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review refused to publish Duncan Campbell's investigation into The Nation magazine …
Rana Foroohar / Financial Times:
The US DOJ seeking a jury trial over breaking up Google's ad business is risky in antitrust but a smart way to avoid a judge likely to align with a corporation  —  The US Department of Justice is insisting that its new Google suit be tried by a jury  —  Complexity is often used to obfuscate.
Amudalat Ajasa / Washington Post:
A look at the Black women fighting for years to claim top TV meteorologists roles in the US, some of whom face waves of backlash and hate from viewers  —  For decades, broadcast meteorology has been dominated by White men — leaving out women, and particularly women of color.
Enuma Okoro / Financial Times:
A profile of Chris Jackson, the publisher and EIC of Penguin Random House imprint One World Books, who is diversifying hiring and publishing more POC authors  —  Chris Jackson moves slowly through clusters of people on the promenade in front of Jane's Carousel, the iconic merry-go-round by the East River waterfront in Brooklyn.
New York Times:
BMG signed and canceled a deal with a French rapper widely condemned in Europe for antisemitic lyrics; documents: the label's involvement was to be kept hidden  —  Though the music label ultimately backed out, the deal illustrates the temptations and risks faced by corporations seeking …
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
The Markup founder Julia Angwin says she is leaving the outlet after five years to pursue other projects; Angwin moved from EIC to editor-at-large in April 2022  —  Hello, friends,  —  I'm sad to inform you that this is my last missive to you.  After founding The Markup five years ago …
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Fox Sports says it has sold out all of its advertising inventory for the Super Bowl on February 12, with some peak 30-second spots selling for more than $7M
Elizabeth Spiers / New York Times:
Gawker's founding editor says its last iteration read like a literary journal and the original couldn't exist today as mainstream media covers salacious stories
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Gannett ended online comments for most of its ~200 news sites on February 1 as “a safe, moderated” discussion is no longer feasible due to “changes in staffing”
Wall Street Journal:
A look at “de-influencers”, a rising cohort of TikTok users criticizing viral products and promoting thoughtful shopping; #deinfluencing videos passed 68M views
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Peter Laufer / Inside Higher Ed:
University of Oregon journalism professor Peter Laufer asks Gannett to donate The Register-Guard to the university; Gannett says no as the newspaper makes money
Sources: Disney explores licensing more films and TV series to rivals to earn more from its content library, a strategy shift from 2019 when Disney+ launched
Erin Woo / The Information:
Internal messages: Twitter wants to charge brands $1,000 per month to keep their gold verification badges, plus $50 per month for each affiliated account