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5:20 PM 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 …
Taylor Lorenz / Rolling Stone:
Extremely Online book excerpt: how Julia Allison invented the concept of a content creator in the mid-2000s, for which journalists and others villainized her  —  In her book ‘Extremely Online,’ journalist Taylor Lorenz details how Julia Allison invented the concept of being a content creator a decade before it caught on
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Daniel Tilles / Notes From Poland:
Poland plans to create a free state streaming service to let citizens watch on their phones national sports teams' matches and films produced with public funds  —  Poland's government has outlined plans to create a state streaming service - which media have dubbed a “national Netflix” …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Former FaZe Clan staff describe a mismanaged creator organization, as its market cap falls from $725M at its 2022 SPAC merger to below $15M; FaZe fired its CEO  —  The board fired CEO Lee Trink following a steep decline in the shares  —  Three months after its July 2022 debut on the Nasdaq …
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 …
Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI announces its text-to-audio tool Stable Audio, which can generate 20, 45-second tracks per month for free or 500, 90-second tracks for $12/month  —  What comes after building generative AI technology for image and code generation?  For Stability AI, it's text-to-audio generation.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The White House sent a letter to top US news executives, including at CNN and The New York Times, urging them to “ramp up” their scrutiny of House Republicans  —  The White House sent a letter to top US news executives on Wednesday, urging them to intensify their scrutiny …
David Pierce / The Verge:
News sharing app Artifact adds Links, a section where users can post any type of link and discover links through a Following page or an algorithmic For You page  —  Artifact, the algorithmic news-reading app started by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, was never really meant to just be a news-reading app.
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Isaac Schorr / Mediaite:
Bio: Elon Musk told Bari Weiss that Twitter needs to be careful when discussing China due to Tesla's business, and that China's Uyghur repression has two sides
Carolyn Giardina / The Hollywood Reporter:
Around 50 Marvel VFX employees vote unanimously to unionize with the IATSE, in an NLRB-run election; IATSE aims to form a national VFX Local by 2023's end
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The Colorado Sun, a five-year-old for-profit digital news organization launched by former Denver Post journalists after layoffs, moves toward a nonprofit model
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
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
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

From Techmeme:

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

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