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5:15 PM ET, May 28, 2023


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Christopher Spata / Tampa Bay Times:
A profile of Tim Burke, aka @bubbaprog, known for his media scoops and whose computers the FBI seized while investigating the leaked Fox News video outtakes  —  The former Deadspin journalist, who tweets often as @bubbaprog, has gone silent.  —  FBI agents served a warrant at a home …
Jesse Armstrong / The Guardian:
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.
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.
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.
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
Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the media's coverage of generative AI over the past six months, as journalists and academics criticize the hype and provide ways to improve reporting  —  The Tow Center looked at how news organizations have been covering generative AI over the past six months.
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  —  Targeting of Stan Grant highlights tensions ahead of referendum on recognition of First Nations peoples
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  —  ITV has said it investigated rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and a younger employee in 2020 - but both “repeatedly denied” it.
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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
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
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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
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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy, a position dedicated to the reform of the US' secrecy infrastructure
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%
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
An interview with Jimmy Finkelstein, the former owner of The Hill and founder of The Messenger, on the site's business model, expansion plans, critics, and more
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
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

From Techmeme:

Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Disinformation scholar Joan Donovan claims in a whistleblower filing that her superiors dismissed her after Harvard got Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $500M gift

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
23andMe says hackers stole the ancestry data of 6.9M of its 14M customers, via a breach first disclosed in October 2023, by leveraging access to ~14K accounts

Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Asking ChatGPT to repeat words “forever” now violates OpenAI's terms of service, after Google researchers showed that doing so led it to reveal training data

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