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1:20 PM ET, June 11, 2023

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 Top News: 
Isabella Simonetti / Wall Street Journal:
Antenna: Netflix gained more US subscribers from May 25 to May 28, after its password-sharing crackdown began, than in any other four days since at least 2019  —  Shortly after change, company had highest rate of sign-ups since Antenna began tracking data in 2019
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
A profile of New York Focus, a nonprofit news site launched in 2020 that covers the state government with seven reporters and editors and a $1M+ budget in 2023  —  New York Focus zeros in on the details of what goes on in the state capital.  And the reporting has had some impressive results.
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A database on ad platform Xandr containing 650K “audience segments” reveals how data brokers classify consumers by surveilling their online and offline activity  —  A spreadsheet on ad platform Xandr's website revealed a massive collection of “audience segments” …
Abbey White / The Hollywood Reporter:
How Sesame Workshop and Fred Rogers Productions continue to apply their values for inclusion and education in children's programming, often through new avenues  —  Nearly six decades after they premiered, ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood' continue to inspire kids' programming …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida's staff meeting details: no masthead layoffs, 30-day notices for 56 guild members, and buyout options for some  —  Facing a raw and angry staff stunned by the announcement of 73 layoffs, Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the D'Amelios partner with music startup Firebird, which has set aside $20M, to form DamGood Mgmt, a company to manage other social media influencers  —  Siblings Charli and Dixie D'Amelio and their parents form new company to manage other social-media stars
Discussion: Tubefilter and Digital Music News
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
A tech reporter on why he bought a 2023 World Book Encyclopedia printed set: nostalgia, permanence, and no AI or human tampering, link rot, or stealth edits  —  The still-updated World Book Encyclopedia is my antidote to the information apocalypse.  —  These days, many of us live online …
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
A look at the growing financial pressures that led Lloyds to put The Telegraph into receivership and the complex web of companies behind the Barclays' ownership  —  Move by Lloyds to put debt-laden media group into receivership ends two decades of family's ownership
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
 
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
The European Commission approves Vivendi's bid to acquire French publisher Lagardere, after Vivendi committed to sell publishing group Editis and Gala magazine
Discussion: Deadline and Reuters
Isaiah Poritz / Bloomberg Law:
A radio host sues OpenAI for defamation over a ChatGPT hallucination, alleging the tool generated a false legal complaint accusing him of fraud and embezzlement
Reuters:
Disney's Hotstar plans to offer free streaming of cricket tournaments in India on mobile devices, following JioCinema's recent success with a similar strategy
Discussion: TechCrunch and Variety
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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
Julian Assange loses an attempt to appeal his extradition from the UK to the US, but has avenues for appeal in the UK and the European Court of Human Rights
John Perrino / Tech Policy Press:
Six US senators reintroduce PATA, a bipartisan bill to improve social media transparency, requiring companies to share ad libraries, moderation stats, and more
Nathan VanderKlippe / Globe and Mail:
Ukraine refuses to renew the media credentials of a photojournalist who has worked for The Globe and Mail since 2014, demanding that he take a lie detector test
 

 
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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet, which beats its flagship model Claude 3 Opus and outperforms GPT-4o in some tests, available for free on the web and iOS

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
The Commerce Department bans Kaspersky antivirus sales in the US, says Kaspersky threatens national security and users' privacy because it is based in Russia

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
NY Governor signs two bills to protect minors, banning “addictive feeds”, limiting data collection, limiting social media notifications overnight, and more

 
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