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10:40 AM ET, September 20, 2023


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Angela Fu / Poynter:
A Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter and her colleagues faced social media attacks when users, including Elon Musk, distorted her coverage of a fatal hit-and-run  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal is facing a harassment campaign stoked by Elon Musk, one year after a reporter was killed for his coverage.
Michael Wolff / New York Magazine:
Michael Wolff's The Fall excerpt: how Tucker Carlson's success became a headache for Rupert Murdoch, making Carlson a casualty of the Dominion settlement  —  Rupert Murdoch didn't want to dump his ratings leader and favorite Fox host.  But was Tucker Carlson giving him a choice?
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Substack redesigns its app, changing the layout and a adding new Home tab that makes the app feel like a more traditional social media app  —  After a tease in a blog post on Tuesday, Substack officially shared details about its redesigned app on Wednesday, which offers a new “Home” tab and some adjustments to the app's current layout.
New York Times:
The Authors Guild and a group of prominent novelists sue OpenAI over allegedly infringing on authors' copyrights by using their books to train ChatGPT  —  The suit, filed with the Authors Guild, accuses the A.I. company of infringing on authors' copyrights, claiming it used their books to train its ChatGPT chatbot.
Anna Chernova / CNN:
A Moscow court refuses to hear an appeal against Evan Gershkovich's pre-trial detention, which could mean he remains in jail until at least November 30  —  Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich will remain behind bars after a Moscow court refused to hear an appeal against his pre-trial detention on Tuesday.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
WBD plans to add a Max live sports tier, Bleacher Report Sports, in the US on October 5 for $9.99/month, or free for current subscribers until February 29, 2024  —  Max, the streaming service owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, is adding a live sports tier in the US on October 5th.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Radio Times, started 100 years ago as the BBC's “official organ”, remains “highly profitable”; the magazine also offers a website, an app, and a weekly podcast  —  One hundred years on, the Radio Times print magazine continues to be the highly profitable “mothership” …
Patrick Brzeski / The Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount plans to launch Paramount+ in Japan on December 1 as a free-of-charge addition to the on-demand services of local operators J:COM and Wowow  —  The deal will give Japanese subscribers to J:COM and Wowow access to Paramount+ content as a free-of-charge add-on.
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
Sky calls on the UK government to tackle regulatory red tape that threatens to stifle the creative sector, ahead of a planned government review of TV trends  —  Broadcaster says ‘significant amounts’ of resources deal with regulatory requirements  —  UK-based broadcaster Sky has called …
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Filing: Disney plans to spend ~$60B in the next 10 years on its parks and cruise line segments, nearly doubling the investment it has made over the past decade
Gretel Kahn / Reuters Institute:
How Russia spreads pro-Kremlin messages in Africa through local journalists and media outlets like Afrique Média, a Cameroon-based, pro-Wagner Group TV channel
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Bobby Hristova / CBC News:
The Hamilton Spectator, one of Ontario's longest-running newspapers, plans to close its office in October; last week, Torstar's owner Nordstar cut 605 staff
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Matthew Panzarino, who recently stepped down as TechCrunch EIC after 10 years, on the site's Silicon Valley relationship, the future of media, and more
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Highlights from three years of Platformer: from <75K free subscribers to 155,355 in a year, plans to experiment with ads, ~95% of readers do not pay, and more
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Filing: Alibaba Pictures plans to acquire Alibaba-owned Damai, a major provider of live entertainment in China, for $167M, signaling a move into live events
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
BBC Studios forms a Global Entertainment division, led by Matt Forde, to oversee its production bases in Los Angeles, India, Australia, South Africa, and Europe
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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features

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