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7:50 PM ET, May 23, 2023


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NBC News:
Sources: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces on May 24, in a discussion with Elon Musk moderated by David Sacks  —  The Florida governor will announce he is running for president on Twitter Wednesday evening in a conversation with Musk.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix cracks down on password sharing in the US and offers paid sharing, which lets some accounts add an extra member outside their household for $7.99/month  —  Streamer intros “extra member” option priced at $7.99/month for adding access to those outside account holder's household
Ann M. Simmons / Wall Street Journal:
A Russian court extends Evan Gershkovich's pre-trial detention until at least August 30, per state news agency Rapsi, after investigators requested more time  —  WSJ reporter is deemed by the U.S. to be wrongfully held  —  A Russian court extended until at least Aug. 30 the pretrial detention …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Daily Wire plans to put all its podcasts on Twitter beginning on May 30, after YouTube demonetized videos from Daily Wire host Matt Walsh in April 2023  —  The Daily Wire, a conservative media and entertainment company, plans to put its entire slate of podcasts, which are almost all recorded as videos …
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
A US West Coast editor quit before The Messenger launched; she said she was hired for long-form journalism but the job demanded aggregated content and clickbait  —  “What was presented to me as the job and what the job was was two entirely different things,” said Bender, an editor who quit the much-hyped startup days before its launch.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The uproar after right-wing outlet Daily Signal accused Fox of being pro-trans for following state laws signals an ongoing backlash after Tucker Carlson's exit  —  A conservative outlet is attacking Fox for being too respectful of trans employees.  It's a sign of the times on the right.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
BuzzFeed debuts Botatouille, a free chatbot that suggests recipes from its food brand Tasty, and plans to offer AI-personalized services to sell subscriptions  —  Jonah Peretti, the company's chief executive, has embraced artificial intelligence more than most publishers.
Georgetown University:
Georgetown and the Knight Foundation commit $30M to establish the Knight-Georgetown Institute to connect researchers, journalists, and tech leaders on policy  —  Georgetown has partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to invest $30 million in a nonpartisan institute …
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 lawsuit  —  The case claimed that YouTube offers tools like Content ID to record labels but refuses to allow “ordinary” copyright owners to use them.
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
The UK's News Media Association launches the Public Notice Portal, an online service that aggregates the numerous public notices published by local newspapers  —  The News Media Association has launched its Public Notice Portal, an online platform that brings together the numerous public announcements published by local newspapers.
Discussion: @pressgazette
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Will Gendron / Insider:
Spotify is building AI tools trained on its hosts' voices to create targeted ads, per Bill Simmons, the founder of the Spotify-owned podcast network The Ringer  —  - Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer, hinted at Spotify's future AI plans.  — He said that the streaming service is working on technology for AI-generated ads.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard rolls out support for integrating accounts from decentralized social networks Bluesky and Pixelfed, after adding support for Mastodon in February 2023
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast unveils Now TV, a $20/month streaming package for Xfinity customers offering 40+ live channels, 20 FAST channels, and a Peacock Premium subscription
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New York Times:
US Department of Education settles with a Georgia school district, which the agency says may have violated students' civil rights by removing some library books
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Shutterstock plans to acquire Giphy from Meta for $53M in cash, after the UK CMA ordered Meta to divest the deal in 2022; Meta reportedly paid $400M for Giphy
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
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
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

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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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