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7:45 AM ET, October 24, 2023


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New York Times:
The New York Times says the outlet should have taken more care with early versions of its Gaza hospital explosion story that relied too heavily on Hamas' claims  —  On Oct. 17, The New York Times published news of an explosion at a hospital in Gaza City, leading its coverage with claims …
Wall Street Journal:
The entertainment industry grapples with the same debates over the Israel-Hamas war that are playing out on college campuses, in offices, and among friends  —  Dave Chappelle spars with a fan; writers union members criticize leaders over silence  —  A midshow spat between comedian Dave Chappelle and a fan.
Science journal eLife fires Editor-in-Chief Michael Eisen for posting an Onion article on X regarding Palestinians; fellow editor Lara Urban resigns in protest  —  eLife's Michael Eisen ousted for social media posts perceived as siding with Palestinians over Israel
Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q3 revenue up 11% YoY to €3.4B, MAUs up 26% to 574M, Premium users up 16% YoY to 226M, and a €32M profit, beating estimates of a €44.6M loss  —  Spotify Technology SA, the music-streaming giant, reported third-quarter sales that exceeded analysts' projections …
Iran sentences journalists Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi to 13 years and 12 years, respectively, over their coverage of Mahsa Amini's death in custody  —  An Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced two journalists to years in prison for their coverage of the death in custody …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Streaming services, including Hulu, Peacock, and Max, are increasingly showing “pause ads”, which appear a few seconds after a viewer pauses the programming  —  Time for a different sort of commercial break.  —  Any subscriber to the ad-supported version of Hulu is bound …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: The Messenger staffers push to unionize amid concerns, including its AI partnership with Seekr and its president suggesting the site is “out of money”  —  Staffers at the struggling media start-up are pushing to unionize as they deal with a slew of new woes …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
A look at YouTube's negotiations with record labels over an AI tool that lets creators perform using major musicians' voices, a pivotal moment for AI in music  —  Negotiations between the video site and record labels could be a key moment in the spread of AI technology.
Ian Burrell / The i Paper:
UK-based The Mill, a network of local newsletters, launches The Dispatch in Birmingham, after building profitable titles in Manchester, Liverpool, and Sheffield  —  Our local news outlets should be a source of enrichment, and of pride in where we live  —  There is a moment …
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A Russian court extends the detention of Alsu Kurmasheva, the RFE/RL journalist arrested on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent, until December 5
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The Sunday Times:
UK-based ITV now requires staff to disclose sexual, romantic, and some platonic work relationships, after Phillip Schofield resigned over a workplace affair
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Apple's Killers of the Flower Moon, the widest release ever for a streaming service's movie, collects $44M in its global debut, including $23M in North America
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A look at LION Publishers' five-year growth plan: 98.4% of its 2023 revenue came from “institutional giving”, the company's focus on BIPOC newsrooms, 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:
Memo: 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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