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11:05 PM ET, March 16, 2023


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Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Sources: the FBI and DOJ are investigating what led TikTok's parent company ByteDance to use the app to surveil US journalists; source: ByteDance was subpoenaed  —  Months before the U.S. government demanded ByteDance divest from TikTok, the Department Of Justice's Criminal Division subpoenaed …
Sherrell Dorsey / The Plug:
Founder Sherrell Dorsey announces that The Plug, a news outlet focused on Black tech news and research, is closing  —  Dear readers, subscribers, and long-time supporters—  Today is the last day our team will serve you all through The Plug.  —  We're closing our doors, but never abandoning our convictions.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Amazon stops selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions for Kindle and in print; some titles, including USA Today, are still available via Kindle Unlimited  —  It doesn't matter whether they're for your Kindle or in print — starting this week, Amazon will no longer sell print or digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Charlotte Klein / @charlottetklein:
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Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
Digital media companies are shifting from ad-driven scale models into something smaller, which should benefit publishers that have flexible models and low costs  —  The year of efficiency heralds a longer chill for publishing  —  I've been thinking lately about how we are between eras in lots of areas.
A survey of 338 US Fox News viewers: 21% trust the channel less due to the testimony and texts from the Dominion lawsuit and 9% say they watch the network less  —  More than a fifth of Fox News Channel viewers are less trusting of the cable network in the wake of publicly disclosed text messages …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear steps down after 16 years at the company, replaced by president Dan Clancy, effective immediately; Shear is a co-founder  —  After serving as its chief executive for more than a decade, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will take a step back at the company.
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
The US Copyright Office says protection for AI-assisted artistic works will depend on whether AI's contributions reflect the author's “own mental conception”  —  The U.S. Copyright Office issued new guidance on Wednesday to clarify when artistic works created with the help of artificial intelligence are copyright eligible.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
YouTube raises YouTube TV's price by $8 to $72.99/month, citing a rise in “content costs”, effective for new users on March 16 and existing users on April 18  —  YouTube has announced that it's raising the price of its YouTube TV subscription to $72.99 per month.
Barbara Kandek / Wikimedia Foundation:
Q&A with Jareen Imam of Women Do News, which aims to increase the recognition of women in journalism, particularly by using Wikipedia to tell their stories  —  This is Open the Knowledge: Stories, a blog series highlighting Wikimedia movement volunteers and groups that are working …
Discussion: @mollystarkdean
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Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Sahil Patel / The Information:
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