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4:20 PM ET, September 15, 2023


 Top News: 
Sources: Fox News fired veteran executive John Finley on September 8 following a woman alleging he sexually harassed and stalked her; Fox settled with the woman  —  John Finley, a top Fox News executive who was fired last week after more than 20 years at the network, was ousted after a woman alleged …
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Source: Byron Allen submits a preliminary $10B offer to acquire Disney's ABC TV network, local TV stations, and the FX and National Geographic cable channels  —  - Disney said it hasn't made any decisions on sale of properties  — Nexstar has also held early talks for ABC and local stations
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
Plex notifies users that the streaming company plans to block access in October for those who use the hosting company Hetzner, citing large-scale TOS violations  —  Plex is a multifunctional media software and service that allows users to easily access all their entertainment in one place.
David Marchese / New York Times:
Q&A with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner on interviewing his friends, boomers' legacy, and his new book, The Masters, about seven white male rock musicians  —  “We've lived really privileged lives,” says the co-founder of Rolling Stone.  “Now we get to rest.”
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
WBD's General Manager for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, Hannes Heyelmann, steps down, following the exits of EMEA head Priya Dogra and UK head Antonio Ruiz  —  Warner Bros. Discovery Germany boss Hannes Heyelmann has become the latest to exit from Gerhard Zeiler's international team.
Discussion: Variety and Broadband TV News
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
After a backlash, Drew Barrymore apologizes to writers and unions for her show returning on September 18, saying “we will be in compliance” with strike rules  —  Drew Barrymore is offering up an explanation as to why her daytime talk show is returning, amid fierce criticism during the writers strike.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Sources: VFX firm DNEG told staff to take 20%+ pay cuts for seven months or agree to a 36-month loan scheme; DNEG cut ~7.5% of its London HQ workforce in July  —  EXCLUSIVE: Just weeks after laying off dozens in its London HQ, Dune VFX firm DNEG is asking staff to take up to 25% pay cuts …
Discussion: Collider
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
X changes its crowdsourced fact-checking Community Notes feature to show contributors other note proposals and see other viewpoints before they submit a rating  —  X (formerly Twitter) this week changed how its crowdsourced fact-checking Community Notes feature works.
Discussion: @communitynotes
Benjy Sarlin / Semafor:
Sources: The New York Times has had serious talks with Politico Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza about helping the newspaper relaunch its On Politics newsletter  —  Punchbowl News: As negotiations within the House GOP conference continue over a stopgap funding bill, some GOP members are hopeful …
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
MailOnline agrees to pay the BBC's Gabby Logan and her husband “substantial damages” over false claims; ex-Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie agrees to pay for a tweet  —  Payout relates to article that wrongly claimed pair had received £500,000 to promote tax avoidance schemes
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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
The WGA and the AMPTP agree to resume labor negotiations next week, in a meeting that would be their first since August 22; the AMPTP says the WGA reached out
Sources: Disney expects to fall tens of millions short of its Disney+ 2024 subscriber goal set in mid-2022; its Charter deal will add millions, at a lower price
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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Pixis, which sells AI tools that help marketers run and monitor campaigns, raised an $85M Series C1 led by Touring Capital, taking its total funding to $209M
Emma Roth / The Verge:
TikTok and Billboard launch the TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart to track the most popular songs on the app each week in the US, refreshed every Thursday morning
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
Amazon adds IAP back to Prime Video for Android, letting users buy VOD rentals and more, after removing IAP from its apps in 2022 to avoid Google's 30% fee
Discussion: 9to5Google

From Techmeme:

Shira Ovide / Washington Post:
Many local US police departments are fearmongering by issuing warnings on the privacy risk of the iPhone's NameDrop feature, used to wirelessly share contacts

Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
How OpenAI's leadership chaos points to lingering governance issues and could affect its business prospects ahead of fundraising at an $86B valuation

Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
AWS announces AI foundation model enhancements to its automated speech recognition service Transcribe, now supporting 100+ languages, and to Personalize and Lex

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