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5:10 PM ET, September 26, 2023


 Top News: 
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
A US judge rules that the Thomson Reuters suit accusing Ross Intelligence of copying Westlaw content to train a competing AI-based platform must go to trial  —  A jury must decide the outcome of a lawsuit by information services company Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO) accusing Ross Intelligence …
Discussion: The Wrap, Plagiarism Today and Law360
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Jam, a feature that lets up to 32 people curate a playlist together; only Premium subscribers can create Jams, but all users can contribute  —  Spotify is today introducing its latest social feature, Jam, which allows multiple people to blend their own musical tastes into a combined playlist.
Jen Fifield / Votebeat:
Local Labs, tied to Brian Timpone's Metric Media network of right-leaning local sites, is being paid by GOP-backed clients to make broad public records requests  —  Local Labs seeks voter data through extensive requests around the U.S. — and blurs the line between political research and journalism.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discussion: The Wrap, Vulture and Polygon
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel announces plans to reinstate net neutrality, seeking to “largely return to the successful rules the Commission adopted in 2015”  —  Net neutrality is back on the menu, citizens.  After a long, long battle ending in eventual defeat during Trump's presidency …
Mack DeGeurin / Gizmodo:
How Meta's Facebook and Instagram news blackout in Canada is having an outsized effect on student publications and nonprofit community outlets in the country  —  Student publications and nonprofit community outlets are caught up in a drawn-out battle between the Canadian government, big-name publishers, and Meta.
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
A look at Adam Nagourney's new book The Times, which chronicles the editors, culture, scandals, and strategies at the NYT from 1977 to 2016  —  In the second chapter of The Kingdom and the Power, the 1969 book about the first 75 years that the New York Times was owned by the very same Ochs-Sulzberger family …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Northeastern University's Meredith Clark and The Pivot Fund founder Tracie Powell about studying funding to BIPOC news outlets, local news, and more  —  “You say you're giving more dollars to BIPOC newsrooms?  Well, you're actually giving to intermediaries who are filtering down those dollars to BIPOC newsrooms.
David Robb / Deadline:
SAG-AFTRA members vote to authorize a strike against 10 of the major video game companies if negotiations fail; 98.32% voted in favor after a 27.47% turnout  —  - Lisa Takeuchi Cullen Elected President Of WGA East; Running Unopposed, She Succeeds Michael Winship
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Punchbowl News says the news startup is on track to nearly $20M in 2023 revenue, up from $10M in 2021, and revamps its website with links to standalone articles  —  Punchbowl News, the D.C.-based congressional news startup, on Tuesday debuted a revamped website with links to stand-alone stories.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: the Golden Globe Awards plans to add two new categories to its January 2024 show: for highest-earning or most-seen films and for stand-up comedy on TV  —  The Golden Globe Awards will introduce two new categories to its upcoming January broadcast, Variety has learned exclusively.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google plans to shut down Google Podcasts “later in 2024”, moving its streaming listeners to YouTube Music, which will support US podcasts and RSS feeds by 2024  —  Google announced this morning it will be shutting down its Google Podcasts app later in 2024 as part of its broader transition …
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Alex Reisner / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic debuts a tool to look up authors whose work is in the Books3 dataset, which Meta, Bloomberg, and others used to train their generative AI systems
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Estate Media, a real estate-focused outlet debuting with a website, newsletters, podcasts, and video, raised $1.65M from Morning Brew CEO Austin Rief and others
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Reddit launches a Contributor Program that pays verified users monthly based on the karma earned and the gold received for “eligible contributions” on the site
Los Angeles Times:
The WGA and the AMPTP reach a tentative deal to end the strike; the proposed three-year contract ups pay and streaming residuals, adds new AI rules, and more

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sanctions Sinbad, a crypto mixer allegedly used by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, and the US, the Netherlands, and Poland seize the service

Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times

Alex Heath / The Verge:
OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, as Sam Altman's return as CEO is made official

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