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11:10 AM ET, September 13, 2023


 Top News: 
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Gannett is hiring a full-time Taylor Swift Reporter to cover Swift's fanbase and her effect on pop culture as she embarks on the next stage of her Eras Tour  —  The chance to report on Taylor Swift full-time just debuted.  —  Millions of Americans encounter the immovable force that is Taylor Swift …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Source: The White House plans to send a letter to US news executives, including CNN and The NYT, urging them to “ramp up” their scrutiny of House Republicans  —  The White House plans to send a letter to top US news executives on Wednesday, urging them to intensify their scrutiny …
Tim Starks / Washington Post:
Researchers: the iPhone of Meduza owner Galina Timchenko was infected with Pegasus in Germany, the first known case of the tool being used against a Russian  —  Unclear is who planted the spyware while the founder of the Meduza news outlet was in Germany  —  The iPhone of a prominent Russian …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
NYC's pension funds sue Fox, accusing the company of neglecting its shareholder duties by opening itself up to defamation lawsuits tied to the 2020 US election  —  The funds accuse the Fox Corporation board of neglecting its responsibility to shareholders by leaving the company open to defamation lawsuits.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Showcase to let US-based artists with 1,000+ streams in the past 28 days pay to promote their work in the app's revamped Home feed  —  Spotify this week launched a new tool called Showcase that allows artists to promote their work directly in the streaming app's revamped Home feed introduced earlier this year.
Discussion: Music Ally
Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI announces text-to-audio tool Stable Audio, available for free for 20 songs and 20-second tracks or $12/month for 500 songs and 90-second tracks  —  What comes after building generative AI technology for image and code generation?  For Stability AI, it's text-to-audio generation.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe plans to pay bonuses to stock image service Stock contributors when their photos and illustrations are used to train its Firefly generative AI models  —  Now that Adobe's Firefly generative AI models are now generally available.  One feature that always made Firefly stand out from a crowd …
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The Colorado Sun, a five-year-old for-profit digital news organization launched by former The Denver Post journalists, moves toward a nonprofit model  —  “Whether I agree with it or not, whether I even like it or not, the reality is that many individuals, many institutions and philanthropic groups …
Elena Kostyuchenko / The Guardian:
A female Russian journalist, who worked for Novaya Gazeta before its closure and now works for Meduza, describes escaping Russia and being poisoned in Germany  —  My reporting on the invasion of Ukraine led to an assassination order being issued - and then came the mysterious illness
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter: acquires 605, the data and analytics company founded by AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan, bringing its total available TV device footprint to 82.7M  —  With the acquisition of the AMC Networks CEO's company, iSpot will add set-top box data from 16.6 million homes, bringing its total available TV device footprint to 82.7 million.
Kerry Flynn / Axios:
VideoAmp, which offers audience and ad measurement tools, raised a $150M Series G from Vista Credit Partners at the same $1.4B valuation as its Series F in 2021  —  - Kerry Flynn, author of Axios Pro: Media Deals  —  Exit Content Preview  —  Media measurement firm VideoAmp has raised $150 million …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
New York Times:
Ex-NFL Network reporter Jim Trotter sues the NFL for racial discrimination, alleging his contract wasn't renewed after he called out the NFL's lack of diversity  —  Jim Trotter said his contract with the NFL Network was not renewed after he challenged Commissioner Roger Goodell and other executives …
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Tim Baysinger / Axios:
Endeavor combines the WWE with UFC to form TKO Group, and plans to keep the two separate in US rights deals but leverage them together for global rights deals
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
TikTok begins rolling out TikTok Shop to all US users, adding a button to the app's home screen that sends users to a marketplace, and already has 200K sellers
Financial Times:
How a decade-long effort to restructure loans extended to the Barclay family culminated in Lloyds Banking Group seizing control of the Telegraph newspaper group
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Rachel Graf / The Information:
Sources describe Apollo's Yahoo turnaround efforts, including layoffs, asset sales, and new partnerships; Yahoo is on pace to generate $7B in 2023 gross revenue
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen's Gracenote unveils the FAST Program, designed to help content companies get their FAST channels and programming distributed by major streaming services
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Hunter Walk:
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