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5:35 AM ET, May 25, 2023


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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  —  It was only a year ago that Elon Musk, then simply the guy who was hoping to buy Twitter, insisted that his politics sat squarely at the center of the national spectrum.
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  —  CNN and the Messenger both say they're chasing the middle.  Uh-oh.  —  Item 1: Last week, the Messenger …
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.”
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Semafor raised $19M from Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and others, replacing the $10M from Sam Bankman-Fried, and says the outlet has $10M+ in 2023 revenue so far  —  The media start-up's new backers include Henry Kravis, a founder of the private-equity giant KKR, and Jerry Yang, a Yahoo founder.
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.
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  —  A publicist's email snafu reveals the lax editorial standards — allowing sources to review copy before publication …
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.
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