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10:15 PM ET, July 17, 2023


 Top News: 
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Sources: Tucker Carlson signed a seven-figure ad deal with Public Square, making the anti-ESG shopping app one of his Twitter show's first advertisers  —  - Tucker Carlson has agreed to a seven-figure ad deal with Public Square (PublicSq.), a conservative-friendly shopping app, for his Twitter show.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Peacock raises its Premium price by $1 to $5.99/month and Premium Plus by $2 to $11.99/month, at once for new customers and on August 17 for current subscribers  —  Peacock is delivering bad news to its subscribers tonight.  Beginning at 12 a.m. EDT, the streamer is notifying existing customers …
Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
How Detroit-based local TV broadcaster Graham Media Group plans to use a GPT 3.5 bot that asks positive questions to spark productive comments for news articles  —  Graham Media Group developed the idea for a “first dibs” comment bot through NYC Media Lab's AI & Local News Challenge.
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
NYC-based private equity firm Integrated Media Company plans to acquire Toon Boom Animation from Corus Entertainment's cartoon company Nelvana for CA$147.5M  —  The software firm, owned by cartoon company Nelvana and part of Corus Entertainment, was sold to a New York-based equity firm, Integrated Media Company.
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
The Norwegian Data Protection Authority orders Meta to stop showing users behavioral ads for three months starting on August 4 or face a daily ~€89,500 fine  —  Meta's social media platforms will be barred from behavioral advertising in August.  —  3 MINUTES READ
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
An interview with Jesse Watters about how his controversial comments are “brutally honest”, Tucker Carlson's firing, and more, as he moves to Carlson's 8pm slot  —  “Jesse Watters Primetime” will finally live up to its name.  —  The Fox News host won the conservative commentator golden ticket …
Caitlin Huston / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox's free ad-supported streaming service Tubi hires Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud as its new CEO, reporting to Tubi Media CEO Paul Cheesbrough, starting on September 1  —  The executive had been CEO of video platform Vimeo since 2017.  —  Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud has been named the new CEO of Fox's free ad-supported streaming service Tubi.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast adds NBC News Now, the free ad-supported streaming service NBC launched in 2019, to its X1 platform and channel guide, alongside 20 other FAST channels  —  Cable subscribers typically recognize a handful of news brands, including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.
Byline Times:
Investigation: GB News' Dan Wootton used fake online identities from 2008 to 2018 to bribe media executives and others into sharing compromising sexual material  —  Receive our Behind the Headlines email and we'll post a free copy of Byline Times  —  GB News presenter and MailOnline columnist …
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Antenna: June 2023 was Netflix's best US growth month in years, with a gross ~3.5M signups, 100%+ above its recent averages, amid its password sharing crackdown
Financial Times:
A look at Russian warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin's online media empire, which stands in post-mutiny limbo after Russia's internet censor banned Prigozhin websites
Lewis Gordon / The Ringer:
After DVDs and streaming, Netflix gears up for what appears to be its third and most ambitious act: video games, with 67 in its library and 86 in development
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Clayton Davis / Variety:
Letter: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences affirms its commitment to DEAI programs; at least four Black leaders left the Academy in the past year
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Sources detail some of SAG-AFTRA's demands, including paying 2% of streaming revenue to performers, compensation when using AI likenesses, pay raises, and more
Jahnavi Nidumolu / Reuters:
Elon Musk says a ~50% ad revenue drop and a heavy debt load kept Twitter cash flow negative; he said in March 2023 the company could be cash flow positive in Q2
Rhiannon Williams / MIT Technology Review:
Study: ChatGPT helped writers complete tasks, such as writing press releases or reports, 40% faster and produce work that assessors scored 18% higher in quality
Jessica Nicholson / Billboard:
Radio and music industry trade website All Access plans to close on August 15, 2023, after 28 years, over a revenue drop “that makes moving forward impossible”

From Techmeme:

Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Some in Silicon Valley hope Kamala Harris could provide a chance for a reset, after years of bipartisan criticism in Washington, DC, toward Big Tech companies

Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
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