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9:20 AM ET, February 20, 2023


 Top News: 
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Don Lemon will not appear on today's CNN This Morning; sources say executives are discussing Lemon's future after his offensive remarks about women and aging  —  CNN sources told Confider that the network changed its Monday lineup to proceed without Lemon while “conversations about Don's future” are ongoing.
Jason Garcia / Nieman Lab:
A look at the close collaboration between Ron DeSantis' administration and The Florida Standard as he cultivates a network of sympathetic conservative outlets  —  Last summer, six days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Tampa prosecutor Andrew Warren, one of the governor's top aides drafted …
Phineas Rueckert / Forbidden Stories:
Leaked docs detail reputation management company Eliminalia's tactics to remove public-interest info from the internet, like via fake sites and copyright claims  —  Leaked documents obtained by Forbidden Stories reveal the inner world of Eliminalia, a Spanish reputation management company.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Dow Jones' general counsel says OpenAI lacks a deal to use WSJ reporters' work to train its AI; source: CNN plans to ask OpenAI to pay to license its content  —  Major news outlets have begun criticizing OpenAI and its ChatGPT software, saying the lab is using their articles to train …
Jabari Young / Forbes:
Sources: the NBA, MLB, and other leagues are making contingency plans, including local TV station deals, to avoid blackouts amid Diamond Sports' financial woes  —  ‘Linear’ broadcast TV combined with streaming games offer the best alternatives to reach the most fans, insiders say.
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
A preview of Gonzalez v. Google SCOTUS case and a look at the Israeli nonprofit Shurat HaDin that is arguing the case against Google at the February 21 hearing  —  Are tech companies liable when their algorithms recommend terrorist content?  The Court's answer could upend the way the internet works.
NBC News:
Biden and some GOP senators have formed a loose alliance in asking SCOTUS to change Section 230 protections when hearing Gonzalez v. Google on February 21
Hayden Vernon / The Guardian:
Puffin hired sensitivity readers to rewrite language the book publisher deems offensive, removing words like “fat” and “ugly” from Roald Dahl's children's books  —  Augustus Gloop now ‘enormous’ instead of ‘fat’, Mrs Twit no longer ‘ugly’ and Oompa Loompas are gender neutral
Gary Baum / The Hollywood Reporter:
New York AG's November 2022 report details how former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' trusted lieutenants worked to quash sexual misconduct claims to protect their boss  —  A recent investigation reveals the lengths to which the ex-CBS chief's cadre of C-suite insiders — some of whom remain with the company …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Memo: New York public radio station WNYC won't renew The Takeaway, launched 15 years ago to rival NPR's Morning Edition, after the show's contract ends in June  —  WNYC is canceling one of its longest-running shows.  —  The New York public radio station told staff on Friday that it would not renew …
Dánae Vílchez / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with Nicaragua's La Prensa publisher Juan Lorenzo Holmann, incarcerated in August 2021 and unexpectedly released and deported to the US on February 9, 2023  —  Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro was on the verge of sleep in his Nicaraguan jail cell when he was issued civilian clothes …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Text messages and emails in the Dominion-Fox suit show that Fox News hosts and executives feared losing audience to Newsmax, which embraced election denialism  —  New York CNN —  —  Fox News has been exposed like never before.  —  A trove of newly-released text messages and emails …
Issac J. Bailey / Nieman Reports:
The New York Times' response to criticism of its trans coverage reduced serious journalists to radical activists, a route too many outlets take when challenged  —  The New York Times had a chance to earnestly grapple with a serious critique of its trans coverage by a serious group of professionals …
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Nikkei Asia:
Japanese video streaming services U-Next and Paravi plan to merge on March 31, becoming Japan's No. 2 streamer, with 3.7M+ paid subscribers, behind only Netflix
Geneva Abdul / The Guardian:
London-based Iran International TV closes its London studio and will broadcast from Washington, DC, acting on advice from the UK police about threats from Iran
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NewsGuild members hijacked the official topics on a C-SPAN morning call-in show to accuse C-SPAN board member and Block CEO Allan Block of union busting
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Indian officials say they uncovered tax irregularities after searching the BBC's offices for three days; the claim comes after the BBC aired a Modi documentary
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Vince McMahon seeks as much as $9B for WWE, or 37% above its ~$6.5B market value; potential buyers include UFC owner Endeavor and Middle East investors
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Source: Microsoft is demoing the Bing chatbot to ad agencies and is testing inserting paid search ads and industry-specific ad formats into the responses
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble launches a $40/year membership offering 10% discounts, free shipping, and more, like the UK's Waterstones', which Elliott Management also owns
Discussion: The Hill, KTLA and The Wrap

From Techmeme:

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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