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4:20 PM ET, May 25, 2023

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
DirecTV strikes a nonexclusive multiyear deal with EverPass Media, formed to distribute NFL games to commercial spots, to keep broadcasting NFL Sunday Ticket  —  - DirecTV has struck a multiyear deal with EverPass Media to commercially provide the NFL's “Sunday Ticket” package.
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Financial Times:
An in-depth look at Vice's downfall and private equity's ill-fated bet on media's future; some shareholders blame TPG, whose $450M investment was wiped to zero  —  The evaporation of TPG's $450mn investment shows what can happen when Wall Street collides with an uncontrollable creative industry
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign announcement on Twitter Spaces was delayed by ~25 minutes of crashes, feedback glitches, and audio failures  —  - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign announcement plans evening were derailed by massive technical glitches …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Disney and Comcast's Hulu fight; sources say their Hulu valuations vary by tens of billions, they're in arbitration, and Comcast stopped funding Hulu  —  Parent companies are in final phase of battle marked by legal threats, broken promises and secret arbitration
Access Now:
Pegasus was used in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict to target at least five journalists, among others, in 2021 and 2022, the first documented use in a war  —  The Armenia spyware victims include a former Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia (the Ombudsperson) …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitch raises the price of Turbo, its ad-free subscription that offers extra emoticons, chat badges, and more; the US price jumps from $8.99 to $11.99 per month  —  Twitch is raising the monthly price of Twitch Turbo, its monthly subscription that lets you pay to remove most ads …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Mansa, a free, ad-supported streaming service centered on Black culture, partners with AMC Theatres to exhibit its original features and series in US theaters  —  Mansa, a free, ad-supported streaming service centered on Black culture, has struck a distribution deal with AMC Theatres …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to shut down Stories on June 26, 2023, as the company focuses on other key areas, like Shorts, Community posts, live videos, and its usual content  —  Stories are over — at least on YouTube, that is.  The Google-owned video site announced today that YouTube Stories will be shutting …
 
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: the Biden administration says SCOTUS should let stand a 2022 appeals court ruling favoring Google in its alleged copying of Genius' lyric transcriptions
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The Messenger and CNN both promise down-the-middle news and position themselves as an antidote to “biased media”, but there's little evidence people want that
Todd Spangler / Variety:
After a backlash, Max plans to revert film credit listings to break out directors and writers, blaming a technical “oversight” for lumping them under “creators”
 

 
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Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

 
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