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9:35 AM ET, October 3, 2023


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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris Hilton and her company 11:11 Media sign a partnership with X to create four original video content programs per year to promote X's Live Shopping product  —  Paris Hilton is getting her X on.  —  The influencer and entrepreneur — who has 16.6 million followers on X …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Wattpad replaces its Paid Stories paywall with Wattpad Originals, a freemium tier that lets readers buy chapters with coins or through Premium+ for $7.49/month  —  After launching its “Paid Stories” program in 2019, the social storytelling platform Wattpad is now replacing it with a new freemium model called …
Discussion: wattpad
Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police say freelance journalist Josh Kruger was shot and killed inside his Philadelphia home at age 39; Kruger wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and others  —  A Philadelphia journalist was shot and killed inside his Point Breeze home overnight, police said, after a person with a gun entered …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
While Adobe, Getty Images, Stability AI, and YouTube have pledged to share some generative AI profits with creators, none have shared specific payout amounts  —  As tech companies begin to monetize generative AI, the creators on whose work it is trained are asking for their fair share.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Jeff Zucker acquires a minority stake in newsletter startup Front Office Sports; source: the deal values the startup at ~$40M, up from $25M at the end of 2021  —  - The sports business outlet is now valued at about $40 million  — Zucker will become co-chairman of the company's board
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok confirms the company is running a limited-scale test of an ad-free subscription plan, but only says the market is not the US and does not share the price  —  TikTok is exploring a new way to make money: The popular video app has kicked off a limited-scale test of a monthly subscription service that eliminates ads.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Philadelphia Inquirer launches a seven-figure ad campaign aimed at millennials; all five major Philadelphia sports teams agreed for their logos to be used  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer is launching its first major ad campaign in decades, its publisher and CEO Lisa Hughes told Axios …
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
The Golden Globes adds 11 members, bringing its voting body to 300 people that represents 76 countries and is 47% female and 60% racially and ethnically diverse  —  The Golden Globes has added 11 new members, bringing its total voting body to 300 people and 60% diversity, the organization announced Monday.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: Miramax CEO Bill Block is out after the company did not renew his contract, which expired this week; Miramax hired the film producer in 2017  —  The executive and film producer was hired in 2017.  Block's contract expired this week and was not renewed, sources said.  He's been rumored to be out for months.
Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Ted Sarandos, David Zaslav, Bob Iger, and Donna Langley are attending October 2's negotiating session at SAG-AFTRA's HQ, raising hopes for a quick deal  —  Four leaders that expedited talks with the Writers Guild of America will be present at the union's headquarters on Monday.  —  They're back.
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Associated Press:
The police chief who led the raid on the Marion County Record resigns, just days after he was suspended from his post by the mayor of Marion, Kansas
Vertex, a SPAC backed by Singapore's Temasek, plans to acquire live streaming service 17LIVE for ~$676M; 17LIVE had revenue of $363.7M in 2022 and is profitable
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Laura Wagner / Washington Post:
A profile of More Perfect Union, a nonprofit labor-advocacy publication with a $5.5M annual budget, 28 employees, and a video-first approach on social media
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Q&A with YouTube Chief Business Officer Mary Ellen Coe on NFL Sunday Ticket “exceeding expectations”, Multiview interest, the Charter-Disney dispute, and more
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New York Times:
The number of fact-checking sites has declined worldwide, as social media platforms reduce disinformation efforts and false AI content keeps fact-checkers busy
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Carly Thomas / The Hollywood Reporter:
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes a WGA- and SAG-AFTRA-backed bill that would have given unemployment benefits to striking workers like writers and actors
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading:
Filing: LG suspends including IP-based broadcast signaling standard ATSC 3.0 in its 2024 lineup of US TVs due to a “challenging and uncertain patent landscape”
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Byron Allen, one of the many parties trying to acquire ABC from Disney, says Disney's internal deliberations are the main factor delaying a formal sale process
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Axel Springer notified Goldman Sachs of its desire to participate in a forthcoming auction for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers

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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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