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11:35 AM ET, May 25, 2023


 Top News: 
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign announcement on Twitter Spaces suffers crashes, feedback glitches, and audio failures  —  - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign announcement plans evening were derailed by massive technical glitches on Twitter that prevented him from declaring his candidacy.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's intent in buying Twitter wasn't only to dismantle a tool he perceived as empowering the media but also to turn the app into a right-wing heavyweight
Financial Times:
An in-depth look at Vice's downfall, as private equity's ill-fated bet on the future of media fell apart; some shareholders blame TPG, which invested $450M  —  The evaporation of TPG's $450mn investment shows what can happen when Wall Street collides with an uncontrollable creative industry
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Disney and Comcast's fight over Hulu; sources say their Hulu valuations differ significantly, 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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
After backlash, Max will change back film credit listings to break out directors and writers, blaming a technical “oversight” for grouping them under “creators”  —  Now the company says it is changing the listings back to how they were presented on HBO Max, blaming the issue on a technical “oversight.”
Access Now:
Pegasus was used in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict to target at least five journalists among others, in 2021 and 2022, the first known use in a war  —  The Armenia spyware victims include a former Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia (the Ombudsperson), two Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty …
Financial Times:
Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe says AI can help authors generate content; Bertelsmann is using AI to analyze character emotions on shows to help place fitting ads  —  Thomas Rabe says that despite copyright challenges machine-generated content could be ‘very positive’
Emily Steel / New York Times:
US Interior Department report: two Park Police officers used excessive force against two Australian journalists covering a George Floyd protest in 2020  —  The Interior Department concluded that U.S. Park Police officers exceeded the “minimum level of reasonable force” during a George Floyd protest in 2020.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Q&A with Grimes, who invited anyone to make Grimes songs using AI tools, on “open-sourcing” her voice, her obsession with AI, and five GrimesAI-created tracks  —  The producer and pop singer, long a proponent of technological experimentation, has “open-sourced” her voice using new A.I. tools.
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Gray Television sues the FCC over a $500K+ fine imposed last year for Gray's alleged violation of a ban on owning two of the top four TV stations in a market  —  The agency fined Gray more than a half-million dollars for operating a CBS and NBC affiliate in Anchorage.
Discussion: Next TV, Thanks:@thedeskdotnet
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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
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Both The Messenger and CNN promise down-the-middle news and try to sell themselves as antidotes to “biased media”, but there's little evidence people want that
Andrew Fedorov / The Fine Print:
A Forbes contributor sent two story drafts to his source “first for approval and changes”; other writers are criticizing the practice as damaging to journalism
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