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10:40 AM ET, May 29, 2023


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources detail Fox's 20 months of missteps and miscalculations in the Dominion lawsuit that led to one of the biggest debacles of Rupert Murdoch's media empire  —  Fox's handling of the defamation suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, which settled for $787.5 million, left many unanswered questions.
Jesse Armstrong / The Guardian:
Dan Sullivan / Tampa Bay Times:
Source: the FBI searched a media consultant's home in its investigation into whether Fox News video outtakes, leaked to 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.
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
WPP partners with Nvidia to use generative AI to produce ads at scale for clients, helping create campaigns in minutes that would previously have taken weeks  —  Technology platform will drastically speed up production of bespoke content for clients  —  WPP, one of the world's largest advertising groups …
New York Times:
Workers from other unions showing greater solidarity than during the 2007 strike are helping writers disrupt studio productions with already finished scripts  —  Workers from other unions have shown solidarity with the strikers, catching entertainment companies off guard.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Global says Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel's daily podcast The News Agents had 30M downloads in May, ahead of their US-focused weekly podcast launch on June 20  —  The News Agents announced on Thursday they would launch a new weekly US podcast.  —  The executive producer of the News Agents …
Kelvin Chan / Associated Press:
EU Commissioner Thierry Breton says Twitter dropped out of a voluntary EU agreement to combat online disinformation but adds that Twitter's “obligations remain”  —  Twitter has dropped out of a voluntary European Union agreement to combat online disinformation, a top EU official said Friday.
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Axios' CEO says AI will lead to fewer big, generic media brands and more niche ones, force publishers to tighten direct relationships with consumers, and more  —  Artificial intelligence will soon transform media on a scale and pace that rivals the internet two decades ago.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Viacom18 strikes a deal with NBCUniversal to bring NBCU movies and TV shows to JioCinema, and plans to make the content available only to paying subscribers  —  JioCinema, the affordable on-demand video streaming service rival to Netflix and Disney's Hotstar in India, will soon be the home for …
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Samuel Agini / Financial Times:
A look at Formula One's D2C broadcast product F1 TV, which has become a key component of the sport's growth strategy in the US, Brazil, Mexico, India, and more  —  Traditional broadcasters have helped steer fans towards the motorsport's own subscription apps, F1 TV and F1 TV Pro
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Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
Veteran indigenous Australian journalist Stan Grant's resignation triggers an uproar after he accused Australia's ABC of not defending him against racial abuse
Steven McIntosh / BBC:
After former This Morning host Phillip Schofield admitted to an affair with a younger colleague and left ITV, some question how much ITV's managers knew in 2020
Brian Melley / Associated Press:
A UK court clears Hugh Grant's lawsuit against News Group Newspapers for trial, over alleged illegal snooping by The Sun's journalists and investigators in 2011
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
An interview about free speech with Masha Gessen, who quit PEN America's board after the group disinvited Russian writers from an event when Ukrainians objected
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Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at media coverage of generative AI over the past six months, as journalists and academics criticize the hype and provide ways to improve reporting
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A second wave of podcasting consolidation seems to have arrived with two acquisitions in the past week: Audily bought Rococo Punch and LiveOne bought Kast Media
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
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Chartbeat data for 1,350 publishers: Twitter referral traffic fell from 1.9% in April 2018 to 1.2% in April 2023; medium-sized publishers' traffic dropped 40%

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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