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10:10 AM ET, June 6, 2023

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: in a staff call, Chris Licht responded to an Atlantic profile, saying he will strive to win back trust, move his office back to the newsroom, and more  —  CNN chief Chris Licht told staffers Monday he wants to help them make the news rather than being a central figure in it.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Members of SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 performers, vote 97.91% in favor of strike authorization, pursuing an agenda that includes restrictions on AI use  —  The guild announced Monday night that 97.91% of the voting members supported the authorization.  Turnout was 47.69%.
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Christopher Grimes / Financial Times:
SAG-AFTRA, which plans to meet studio executives on June 7 to negotiate a new three-year contract, seeks that actors are paid for their AI digital doubles' work
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Disney CEO Bob Iger announces that Disney+ will be available on the $3,499 Apple Vision Pro headset, which has a movie theater feature, at launch in early 2024  —  At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Disney+ will be available on the tech giant's new Apple Vision Pro at launch.
Rachel Aroesti / The Guardian:
How podcasts remade pop culture in unexpected ways, fostered parasocial relationships, and unearthed thrilling stories in their first two decades of existence  —  Since the first podcast was released two decades ago this month, the medium has upended pop culture in countless unexpected ways …
New York Times:
Internal document: Twitter's US ad revenue from April 1 to the first week of May fell 59% YoY to $88M; sources say that performance is unlikely to improve soon  —  In internal forecasts, the company projected that ad sales would keep declining, handing a tough challenge to its new chief executive.
David Enrich / New York Times:
In a libel suit against New Hampshire Public Radio for a report on alleged sexual misconduct, a judge ruled NHPR must hand over reporter notes and transcripts  —  After publishing an exposé, journalists in New Hampshire faced broken windows, vulgar graffiti and a legal brawl, with important First Amendment implications.
Julie Weed / New York Times:
A look at retirement-age TikTok influencers who are finding success as brand representatives as the platform gains traction with older users  —  No matter what their age or finances, some elder influencers are finding that being on the app can bring them extra cash, or even help them extend their careers.
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
A survey of 44 Ukrainian outlets: ~64% have more staff than before Russia's war, ~50% say grant funding is up by 50%+, and 44% get financial help from readers  —  Research suggests Ukraine's local newsrooms are on firmer financial footing this year.  —  The past year has seen an increase …
Press Gazette:
Mirror Group says there is “no evidence” Prince Harry was hacked and calls a suggestion that its journalists hacked Princess Diana's phone “total speculation”  —  The publisher of the Mirror and Sunday People has said a suggestion its journalists hacked the phone of Princess Diana was …
Sahar Elhabashi / Spotify:
Spotify cuts ~200 jobs, or 2% of its staff, at its podcast unit, combines Parcast and Gimlet into a renewed Spotify Studios, and reports 100M+ podcast listeners  —  Below is an adaptation of an internal update on Spotify's Podcast Business from Sahar Elhabashi, VP, Head of Podcast Business.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As indie films struggle to attract viewers, Hollywood studios and streaming services have pulled back their investments after paying record sums in recent years  —  Good afternoon from Los Angeles, where I've returned after a few weeks on the road.  The biggest cultural story in Europe …
 
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A profile of Sean Bailey, who is in charge of Disney's live-action remakes and finds ways to make stories less retrograde, putting Disney in cultural fights
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Podcast network Wondery hires N'Jeri Eaton, formerly Netflix's head of audio and Apple Podcasts' head of content, as head of co-productions for limited series
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Gannett journalists walked off the job on June 5 to protest the decimation of local newsrooms, in the biggest labor action in the company's history
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Kari Soo Lindberg / Bloomberg:
Hong Kong's top court overturns the conviction of Bao Choy, a journalist who investigated the police response to a 2019 mob attack, a rare win for press freedom
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
A look at The Frost, a 12-minute movie created by Waymark using DALL-E 2, as startups like Waymark and Runway make AI tools for fast and cheap video production
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with Ted Koppel on how he tried to extract more objective information, having a reputation as a tough interviewer, and his friendship with Henry Kissinger
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd says he is stepping down after nine years and says he'll be succeeded by NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker
 

 
From Techmeme:

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Users reported a massive Microsoft outage that impacted Bing, Copilot on the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more

The Block:
The US SEC approves spot Ethereum ETFs from BlackRock, Fidelity, Grayscale, Bitwise, VanEck, Ark, Invesco Galaxy, and Franklin Templeton

Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
Screenshots of Google's AI Overview giving bizarre answers go viral, including telling users to add “1/8 cup of non-toxic glue” to make cheese stick on a pizza

 
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