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5:45 PM ET, May 31, 2023


 Top News: 
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Multiple New York Times journalists say they remain concerned and disappointed that a puffy profile of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes made it to publication  —  As Holmes headed to jail Tuesday, business editor Ellen Pollock was put on the spot to defend a soft-focus profile …
Deepa Parent / The Guardian:
Ahead of a trial of two female journalists who covered Mahsa Amini's death, Iran's reporters describe beatings and threats for covering protests in the country  —  Ahead of a trial of journalists who covered the death of Mahsa Jina Amini, reporters describe beatings and threats as government agents try to wipe out independent media
Financial Times:
OPEC bars Reuters, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal from its meeting this weekend; sources: the decision was instigated by Saudi Arabia's energy minister  —  Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones denied invites in decision driven by Saudi Arabia's energy minister
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Meta says it would remove news content in California from its platforms if the state government passes a proposed law forcing tech companies to pay publishers  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META.O) said on Wednesday it would remove news content in its home state of California …
Liz Bowie / The Baltimore Banner:
Baltimore Banner CEO Imtiaz Patel plans to step down July 7 to join Gannett senior leadership; Brian McGrory will help lead the nonprofit as it seeks a new CEO  —  Our nonprofit news organization is made possible by subscribers and donors who value storytelling that impacts and uplifts communities.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Sources: ex-NFL punter Pat McAfee's ESPN contract is for five years and worth ~$85M; ESPN gets 230 shows per year that the network can sell advertising against  —  Pat McAfee's deal with ESPN is for five years and around $85 million, The Post has learned.  —  With the contract …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Jeff Sanders / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Sinclair's Diamond Sports, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, lets its broadcast rights to the San Diego Padres expire; temporary free streams on the MLB app are likely  —  Temporary free streams on the MLB app are likely, while both direct-to-consumer and traditional cable options are pursued
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Q&A with the co-founders of Good Tape, a new biannual print magazine that aims to feature a mix of journalism and cultural criticism about audio storytelling  —  This is Hot Pod, The Verge's newsletter about podcasting and the audio industry. … Hope everyone is well rested after the holiday weekend.
Lillian Rizzo / CNBC:
Parrot: global demand for films and TV shows in Asian languages reached a 25% share in Q1 2023, up from ~15% in Q1 2020, driven by Chinese and Japanese content  —  WATCH NOW  —  Netflix is investing $2.5 billion to make Korean shows, says VP of Korean content
Discussion: The Wrap, NBC News and WORLD SCREEN
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
WAN-IFRA survey of 101 editors, journalists, or other newsroom staff: 49% say their newsroom is actively working with generative AI, mostly for text creation  —  The WAN-IFRA survey indicated it is management, rather than individual journalists, driving adoption.
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Ben Smith / @semaforben:
In an internal note, Wired EIC Gideon Lichfield says he plans to leave the magazine in mid-September 2023, “unless a new editor is ready to start sooner”
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Google TV adds the Live tab to some devices in Germany, including Joyn and Zattoo streaming channels, the first time the feature has been offered outside the US
Discussion: Broadband TV News, Thanks:@matthewkeyslive
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The UK jails five men who sold a £10 per month subscription to illegally stream English Premier League games, generating over £7M from 50K subscribers
Source: Twitter has been selling ad inventory through the mobile advertising marketplace InMobi in one test market since May 13, and plans to gradually expand
Danny Funt / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Defector trying to create a journalists' utopia that isn't ethically compromised and the accompanying trade-offs, like less revenue and fewer sources

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Bryant Francis / Game Developer:
Unity apologizes and says games made with Unity Personal will be exempt from its Runtime Fee, which will only apply to games made with Unity versions from 2024

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69B, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, addresses its concerns

Louise Matsakis / Semafor:
Sources: The White House is weighing requiring cloud companies to disclose when a client buys computing resources above a set threshold, as part of an EO on AI

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