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11:20 AM ET, June 27, 2023


 Top News: 
James Vincent / The Verge:
AI is killing the web with spam sites, mass article producing “AI editors”, AI-generated junk on Etsy, Reddit, and Wikipedia that exhausts moderators, and more  —  In recent months, the signs and portents have been accumulating with increasing speed.  Google is trying to kill the 10 blue links.
Analysis: in May and June 2023, 141 major brands ran ads, mostly via Google Ads, across 55 low-quality sites with AI-generated articles, some posting ~1,200/day  —  NewsGuard identified 141 brands that are feeding programmatic ad dollars to low-quality AI-generated news and information sites operating with little to no human oversight
Kirsten Eddy / Nieman Lab:
Reuters' 2023 Digital News Report: 22% of news consumers actively participate via posts or comments, down 11 percentage points from 2018; 47% don't participate  —  “We find that news users who say their experiences engaging with news online are negative (21%) are nearly four times as likely …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Roku and CBS Sports buy US media rights for Formula E; Roku plans to stream 11 races per season on the Roku Channel, its first foray into live sports  —  The company is sharing the rights with CBS Sports, which will televise 5 races annually as part of the multi-year deal.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Thomson Reuters agrees to acquire YC-backed Casetext, which builds AI-powered workflows and tools for lawyers, for $650M in cash, expected to close in H2 2023  —  Thomson Reuters has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Casetext, a Y Combinator-backed legal tech startup.
New York Times:
A look at review-bombing campaigns on Goodreads that can derail a book's publication long before its release, frustrating both new and established authors  —  The website Goodreads has become an essential avenue for building readership, but the same features that help generate excitement can also backfire.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku has begun rolling out smart home hardware products, including cameras and video doorbells; users can pay for subscriptions for motion alerts and more  —  Roku is planning to expand its business into smart homes, CEO Anthony Wood told Axios in an interview, marking a natural progression …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Spotify, SiriusXM, iHeartMedia, and other podcast companies are shifting from A-list celebrities and big-budget audio narratives to professional audio talent  —  The News  —  CANNES — In 2020, Spotify's stock spiked on the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed an exclusive deal with the streaming platform.
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Documents: the BBC's Tim Davie was in contact with a senior government official the day he suspended Gary Lineker, raising questions about government pressure  —  EXCLUSIVE: BBC Director General Tim Davie was in contact with a senior government official on the day he suspended Gary Lineker …
Discussion: @jake_kanter
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
The 2023 Glastonbury Festival broke BBC digital audience records for viewing and listening with a record 50.3M streams on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, up 47% YoY  —  AUDIENCE RECORDS  —  The 2023 Glastonbury Festival has broken previous digital audience records for viewing and listening on the BBC …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at CBS News' “solutions journalism” efforts focused on people and organizations that are trying to tackle problems like mental health and climate change  —  A Colorado school is creating a “zen den” for troubled students.  A soccer coach in Pittsburgh goes out of her way to relieve pressure on players.
Discussion: @spj_tweets
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Wall Street Journal:
The White House condemns the online harassment of WSJ reporter Sabrina Siddiqui for questioning PM Modi about human rights in India at a press event last week
John Kang / Forbes:
An interview with Pinkfong CEO Kim Min-seok on Baby Shark Live, a live show based on the viral song, plans to expand into webtoons and theme parks, and more
Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:
Some question The Athletic reporter Shams Charania's commercial partnership with FanDuel after his June 22 tweet, which was wrong, moved NBA draft betting lines
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
Cineworld plans to file for the administration of its listed entity Cineworld plc in the UK as part of its restructuring, but will continue operating as normal
Discussion: Reuters and Variety
 Earlier Picks: 
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News' new prime time: Jesse Watters takes Tucker Carlson's 8pm slot, Laura Ingraham moves to 7pm, Sean Hannity stays at 9pm, and Greg Gutfeld moves to 10pm
Meara Isenberg / CNET:
Starz increases its ad-free subscription from $9 per month to $10 per month, the first price increase for the standalone service since its 2016 launch

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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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