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1:45 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:
An excerpt from the book Extremely Online: how Julia Allison invented being a content creator in the mid-2000s and was villainized by journalists and others  —  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:
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 …
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  —  A passage in Walter Isaacson's biography of Elon Musk sheds new light on the billionaire's willingness to placate the genocidal Chinese regime.
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.
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 …
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Carolyn Giardina / The Hollywood Reporter:
A group of 50+ Marvel VFX staffers votes unanimously to unionize with the IATSE, in an NLRB-run election; IATSE aims to form a national VFX Local by 2023's end  —  IATSE aims to form a national VFX Local by year's end.  —  It's official: In a unanimous vote, roughly 50 in-house visual effects employees …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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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 The Denver Post journalists, moves toward a nonprofit model
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
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Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
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Financial Times:
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