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3:45 PM ET, June 22, 2023


 Top News: 
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board defended itself for publishing Samuel Alito's op-ed “scooping” a ProPublica story about his ties to a billionaire  —  The Wall Street Journal is dismissing criticism it is facing for publishing an Op-Ed from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito …
Lawrence Hurley / @lawrencehurley:
[Thread] US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito uses a Wall Street Journal op-ed to respond to ProPublica questions for a report, instead of issuing a statement
New York Times:
Sources: a group of buyers, including Fortress, plans to acquire Vice Media out of bankruptcy for $225M; of all the bids, only Fortress' was deemed “qualified”  —  The company was part of a group of bidders that offered $225 million to acquire the bankrupt media company.
A Russian court denies Evan Gershkovich's appeal against the extension of his pre-trial detention; in May, Gershkovich's detention was extended to August 30  —  Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich lost his appeal against the extension of pre-trial detention in Moscow on Thursday on spying charges, which he denies.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Zenia Mucha, who spent two decades as Disney's top spokesperson before leaving in 2021, joins TikTok in the new role of chief brand and communications officer  —  Zenia Mucha, who spent two decades as Disney's top spokesperson before leaving the company in 2021, has been hired at TikTok.
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
As Spotify's podcast strategy of focusing on exclusives and celebrity hosts continues to falter, the company seems to be shifting its attention to selling ads  —  The company is entering the ‘next phase’ of its podcast strategy — but will it learn from its mistakes?
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
A profile of UK gossip newsletter Popbitch, which has 300K subscribers, and co-founder Camilla Wright, as she considers becoming “part of a bigger organization”  —  “I'm starting to wonder, for the first time, whether it would be a good time to be part of a bigger organisation.”
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
BBC Studios acquires Copenhagen-based production company STV, helping the BBC grow its presence in Scandinavia; STV will be rebranded under BBC Studios moniker  —  BBC Studios has acquired pan-Scandinavian production company STV.  —  The acquisition will help the British production …
Carolyn Giardina / The Hollywood Reporter:
Secret Invasion credits creator Method Studios says “no artists' jobs were replaced” when using AI and the tools “complemented and assisted our creative teams”  —  Method Studios clarifies reports that sparked a social media backlash, stating AI tools “complemented and assisted our creative teams.”
Knight First Amendment Institute:
A new report by the Knight Institute examines aggressive targeting of journalists by US police, historical context from the Civil Rights Era, and more  —  Written by Senior Visiting Fellow Joel Simon, the report documents the targeting of journalists by police and its chilling effect on press freedom
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Insiders at WBD Poland say its anti-government reporting is being used as an excuse to potentially shut down operations, which includes its news network TVN
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Comcast-owned UK broadcaster Sky launches Sky Live, a camera designed to add social, fitness, and gaming features to its smart TVs via USB-C and HDMI, for £290
Lou Paskalis / Fast Company:
Advertisers can fight the collapse of newsrooms by bringing back $1B to news, discarding fear of ads alongside hard news, and rebranding news as an ESG effort
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
NYC-based newsletter platform beehiiv raised a $12.5M Series A led by Lightspeed and says the service has 7,500 active newsletters with 350M monthly impressions
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Geraldo Rivera says his last appearance on Fox News' The Five will be next week and “growing tension” wasn't worth it; he plans to remain a Fox correspondent
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon:
Ron Wyden, Mike Lee, and Richard Durbin reintroduce the bipartisan PRESS Act to shield journalists from government surveillance; a similar House bill is planned

From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

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