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5:40 PM ET, March 16, 2023


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Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Sources: the FBI and DOJ are investigating events that led to TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, using the app to surveil several US journalists  —  Months before the U.S. government demanded ByteDance divest from TikTok, the Department Of Justice's Criminal Division subpoenaed the app's Chinese parent company, according to a source.
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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 …
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.
Roger Vincent / Los Angeles Times:
Fox Corp submits plans for a $1.5B expansion of the historic Fox Studio Lot, including adding nine soundstages, for a total of 24, as streaming drives demand  —  The historic Fox Studio Lot, one of Hollywood's most celebrated movie factories, is set to get a $1.5-billion upgrade that would change …
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Pornhub owner MindGeek is acquired by PE firm Ethical Capital Partners; MindGeek had $460M in 2018 revenue, and sources say it had ~50% profit margins at times  —  MindGeek acquired by Ethical Capital Partners for undisclosed sum  —  MindGeek, one of the world's largest …
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
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.
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