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8:10 PM ET, September 24, 2023


 Top News: 
Sources: the AMPTP sent the WGA a revised three-year contract offer on September 23 after four days of negotiations; the WGA is set to respond by September 24  —  Industry sources reported that on Saturday afternoon that a ‘best and final’ offer was sent to WGA negotiators around 5 p.m. PT …
Washington Post:
Academics and US agencies are overhauling or ending online misinformation research due to Representative Jim Jordan and other Republicans' escalating campaign  —  An escalating campaign, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and other Republicans, has cast a pall over programs that study political disinformation …
The Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corp. pay package was $22.9M in Fiscal Year 2023, compared to $18.4M in FY 2022, while Lachlan Murdoch received $21.7M, flat YoY  —  The company unveiled compensation packages for the moguls for the latest fiscal year.  —  Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan received $22.9 million …
David Rutz / Fox News:
Rupert Murdoch transitions from chair of Fox Corp and News Corp to the new role of Chairman Emeritus; Lachlan Murdoch becomes the sole chair of both companies
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New York Times:
A profile of Lachlan Murdoch, who is less overtly political than his father, has led Fox through lawsuits, and has some proven successes, such as acquiring Tubi
Amazon plans to run limited ads on Prime Video in the US, the UK, Germany, and Canada starting in early 2024, charging $2.99/month extra in the US to avoid ads  —  - Prime Video will offer a more expensive ad-free option  — Streamers want to increase revenue as production costs soar
Vauhini Vara / Wired:
A writer whose AI-assisted essay went viral reflects on testing GPT-3 early, Sudowrite's novel generator, and whether AI is good for writers and literature  —  Despite my success with AI-generated stories, I'm not sure they are good for writers—or writing itself.
Lauren Indvik / Financial Times:
An interview with Anna Wintour on her rise to the top of the fashion world, her tough image, Chioma Nnadi's appointment as the head of British Vogue, and more  —  Vogue's global editorial director on her rise to the top of the fashion world — and what she makes of her tough image
Paresh Dave / Wired:
A look at the antitrust activists attending the DOJ's Google antitrust trial every day and documenting their observations via social media and daily newsletters  —  A historic antitrust trial sees Google accused of unlawfully monopolizing search.  A handful of antitrust activists are trying to make sure the world sees all the action.
Financial Times:
French billionaire Xavier Niel buys Czech energy tycoon Daniel Kretínsky's stake in Le Monde; sources: the ~€50M deal was agreed privately in August 2023  —  Sale by Czech tycoon will advance French billionaire's ambition to put newspaper's ownership into foundation
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Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Russia's flagship state news TV channel, Rossiya 24, is running ads for a Tucker Carlson show “at the weekend”, but Carlson denies hosting a show on Russian TV  —  Rightwing former Fox News presenter said he was unaware of the ‘absurd’ claim  —  Russia's flagship state news channel …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A profile of UTA Head of Audio Oren Rosenbaum, who helped grow podcasting by being an agent for stars like Emma Chamberlain, as the podcasting industry deflates  —  Talent Agent Oren Rosenbaum fueled podcasting's multibillion dollar boom.  Now he must navigate its acrimonious deflation.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney laid off 300+ Beijing staff in March 2023 as the team had some US user data access and the company worried that could be a red flag for Congress  —  Disney's China layoffs led to technical malfunctions, delayed efforts to troubleshoot  —  abruptly laid off more than 300 people …
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New York Times:
Sophia Huang Xueqin, a journalist who covered China's #MeToo movement, and Wang Jianbing, a labor activist, stand trial on subversion charges in a Chinese court
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns tries to distance himself from SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas after ProPublica published a photo of the two alongside David Koch
PEN America:
US public schools had 3,362 book bans from July 1, 2022, to June 31, 2023, up 33% from the previous school year; Florida schools accounted for 40%+ of the bans
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Snap President of Americas Rob Wilk leaves, after joining the company in March 2023, replaced by Patrick Harris, who joined Snap after 10+ years at Meta
 Earlier Picks: 
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The FT debuts an e-paper app for international readers; ABC: the FT digital edition had a 16,343 average circulation in August, of which 81% was outside the UK
Sam Schube / GQ:
How Apple SVP of Services Eddy Cue led the company's push into live sports streaming and is using its MLS deal to test reshaping how sports are consumed
Tom Ambrose / The Guardian:
WBD announces an expansion of Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, in Hertfordshire, UK, including adding 10 sound stages starting in early 2024 and finishing in 2027
Louise Story / Nieman Lab:
AI tools can help reporters, news outlets, and readers with tasks such as querying large data files, alerting about potential stories, and personalizing content

From Techmeme:

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

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

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

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