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11:30 AM ET, May 23, 2023


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Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Some blue-check Twitter accounts, one pretending to be Bloomberg, spread an AI-generated image of an explosion at the Pentagon; the stock market briefly dipped  —  An AI-generated image of a fake explosion near the Pentagon went viral thanks to blue-check Twitter accounts.  —  Chloe Xiang
Bill Donahue / Billboard:
A US judge rules that a case claiming YouTube enables piracy by restricting access to copyright tools to record labels may not proceed as a class action  —  The case claimed that YouTube offers tools like Content ID to record labels but refuses to allow “ordinary” copyright owners to use them.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based BandLab Technologies, offering a music creation and fan engagement service with 60M+ registered users, raised $25M Series B1 valuing it at $425M  —  Singapore-based BandLab Technologies, the parent company of social music creation platform BandLab, has raised $25 million …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
A critique of the Supreme Court press corps, which covers justices as untouchable and ignores issues like ethical lapses, and suggestions for improving the beat  —  This is a part of Disorder in the Court, a weeklong series on the legal press and the most explosive Supreme Court in generations …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As music revenue slows, record labels may force Spotify, which has never changed its US base plan's price, to follow Apple, Amazon, and others in raising prices  —  Good evening from Cannes, where I saw a three-hour Argentine heist movie, a Pedro Almodovar short starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, and Martin Scorsese's latest.
Anne Branigin / Washington Post:
A look at The Wall Street Journal's decision to drop courtesy titles like Mr., Ms., and Mx., leaving The New York Times as the most notable holdout remaining  —  The Wall Street Journal is the latest newspaper to drop titles such as “Mr.,” “Ms.” and “Mx.”  —  The Wall Street Journal has gone …
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Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Shutterstock plans to acquire Giphy from Meta for $53M in cash, after the UK CMA blocked Meta's acquisition in 2022; Meta can still access Giphy content  —  Stock photos repository Shutterstock Inc (SSTK.N) said on Tuesday it would buy animated-images platform Giphy Inc from Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) for $53 million in cash.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Max introduces a higher-priced tier: Ultimate Ad-Free for $20/month, offering four concurrent streams, 100 offline downloads, and 1,000+ 4K UHD films and shows  —  With HBO Max turning into Max, Warner Bros. Discovery is introducing a higher-priced plan — $19.99 per month …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Filing: E. Jean Carroll asks to amend her 2019 defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, seeking a “very substantial” amount for his comments at CNN's town hall  —  The former president's repeated denials that he sexually abused Ms. Carroll “show the depth of his malice” and merit heavy damages, her lawyer wrote.
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Peter White / Deadline:
Paramount plans to launch its Paramount+ with Showtime service in the US on June 27 for $11.99 per month; Paramount+ without Showtime will cost $5.99 per month
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok sues Montana over its new law intending to ban the app, citing the First Amendment, the state's lack of authority on national security issues, and more
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A profile of Comcast president Mike Cavanagh, who took over NBCU after Jeff Shell was fired, as he deals with Linda Yaccarino's exit, writers' strike, and more
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: the Never Back Down super PAC is working to give reporters covering Ron DeSantis more access, despite the governor's pride in his combative operation