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3:50 PM ET, March 7, 2023


 Top News: 
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn tells the White House she is dropping out after her nomination stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition and personal attacks  —  Gigi Sohn notified the White House she would drop out after her nomination stalled for 16 months, amid industry opposition
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Reach CEO says the company published its first three AI-written articles last week and that AI may be reliable enough to take on content based on data and lists  —  Chief executive says journalists should not fear it means being replaced by machines  —  The owner of the Daily Mirror …
Christianna Silva / Mashable:
TikTok launches Series, letting select creators sell Collections of up to 80 paywalled videos, each up to 20 minutes; creators initially keep 100% of earnings  —  Series puts premium content behind a paywall, which means more money for creators. … TikTok is introducing new ways for creators to get paid.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
How TV Rain and dozens of other exiled Russian media outlets flocked to Latvia's capital of Riga, only to encounter a distrustful public and strict regulations  —  Dozens of media outlets have fled to the capital of Latvia, only to encounter a distrustful public and a set of strictly enforced laws and regulations.
Benedict Evans:
Analysis: Amazon had $38B in 2022 ad revenue, more than the entire global newspaper industry and likely more than the revenue Prime generated from subscriptions  —  I first started paying attention to Amazon's ad business a couple of years ago, when a line called ‘other’ in the back of the accounts started to grow really fast.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former The Week executives launch Heatmap News, a subscription-based climate media outlet, with eight staff and a $4M Series A at an $11.5M post-money valuation  —  The former executives in charge of The Week magazine are launching a new subscription-based climate media company on Wednesday called Heatmap News, its founders told Axios.
Discussion: @raju
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google plans to retire overlay ads on YouTube videos starting on April 6 to “improve the viewer experience and shift engagement to higher performing ad formats”  —  YouTube is changing the way some ads are shown on videos very soon with the removal of “Overlay ads” from content starting April 6.
David Pierce / The Verge:
All TV streaming boxes suck in 2023, as the ever-cheaper, ad-supported commodity items fail to improve on smart TVs, most of which are slow and riddled with ads  —  There are no good streaming boxes, and I blame everybody.  —  Streaming boxes had so much potential.
Filing: Gannett had 11,200 employees as of December 31, down from 21,255 after its 2019 merger with GateHouse and just 562 more than in 2018  —  A major leadership shakeup at Gannett, along with drastic cost-cutting and strategy shifts, underscores just how much pressure …
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with YouTube's Global Head of Gaming Leo Olebe on the appeal of YouTube's exclusivity model and the growth of Gaming, which has 500M+ daily viewers  —  The video giant said it hit more than 120 billion hours of watch time for gaming-related content on the platform in 2022.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
In an email, News Corp Australia's executive chair urges staff to try ChatGPT and tasks an AI Working Group to explore how AI can add “high-value opportunities”  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has asked its Australian employees to give ChatGPT a go, tasking an AI Working Group …
Discussion: @thetowncrier
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Legal experts say the $1.6B Dominion lawsuit puts Fox News in real jeopardy as the amount and weight of evidence surpasses other major, recent defamation cases
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