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4:25 PM ET, May 26, 2023

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CNBC:
Sources: as part of its layoffs, Meta cut a project that would have let third-party fact-checkers like Reuters add comments at the top of articles on Facebook  —  - Meta, Amazon, Alphabet and Twitter have all drastically reduced the size of their teams focused on internet trust and safety …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
An interview with Jimmy Finkelstein, former owner of The Hill who just launched The Messenger, on the site's business model, expansion plans, critics, and more  —  In a wide-ranging sit-down, the former Hill owner opens up to Vanity Fair about what's to come for his week-plus-old news site …
Dan Sullivan / Tampa Bay Times:
Source: FBI searched a media consultant's home as it probes whether leaked Tucker/Kanye interview videos published by Vice and MMFA came from hacked material  —  The search at City Council member Lynn Hurtak and Tim Burke's home was part of a probe into computer hacks at Fox News.
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy, a position dedicated to secrecy infrastructure reforms in the US  —  In one of his last public talks, to a room full of more than 200 journalists, Daniel Ellsberg was asked what the media could do to better support whistleblowers.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A new wave of podcasting consolidation seems to be arriving with two acquisitions in the last week: Rococo Punch by Audily and Kast Media by LiveOne  —  Hello, hello, welcome back to Soundbite.  This week is all about consolidation in podcasting.  As always, if you have something to share …
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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 …
Wired:
An interview with Pitchfork EIC Puja Patel on how AI is infiltrating every single aspect of music, AI-generated music's ownership and money concerns, and more  —  We talk to Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork and cohost of The Pitchfork Review, about how AI is taking over our feeds and where it goes from here.
Emma Hurt / Axios:
How CNN helped and benefited from Atlanta, as the company prepares to move out from downtown's CNN Center into its original, smaller Techwood campus in Midtown  —  Cable News Network — CNN — was founded in Atlanta in 1980 by media mogul Ted Turner as the world's first 24-hour television news network.
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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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Email: Wall Street Journal EIC Emma Tucker says Deputy EICs Neal Lipschutz and Jason Anders are leaving the newspaper; Lipschutz is retiring after 41 years
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
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

OCCRP:
An investigation details how scammers are using crypto ATMs to commit fraud; the FBI says US losses from scams carried out via crypto ATMs was $120M+ in 2023

 
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