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2:30 PM ET, October 24, 2023


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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.
Melissa Heikkilä / MIT Technology Review:
A look at Nightshade and Glaze, UChicago researchers' tools that help artists “mask” or even “poison” their work to break AI models later trained on the data  —  A new tool lets artists add invisible changes to the pixels in their art before they upload it online …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Tucker Carlson's Last Country signs its first advertising deal, with conservative-friendly shopping app Public Square worth at least $1M  —  - Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson's new media company signed its first advertising deal.  — The agreement is with conservative-friendly …
Discussion: The Wrap and
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 …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Q3: revenue up 11% YoY to €3.4B, MAUs up 26% to 574M, subscribers up 16% YoY to 226M, and €32M operating income, vs. a €44.6M loss est.; SPOT jumps 9%+  —  Spotify Technology SA rose the most since January after the music-streaming giant reported third-quarter results …
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 …
Asked about their coverage of the hospital bombing in Gaza, WSJ declines to comment, the AP and Al Jazeera ignore inquiries, Reuters and CNN admit no fault  —  Most news organizations seem eager to sweep last week's negligent coverage of the Gaza hospital explosion under the rug …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Crunchyroll launches its streaming service on Amazon's Prime Video Channels, starting at $7.99 per month in the US, Canada, Sweden, and the UK  —  If you're a Prime Video subscriber, beginning today, you can start streaming Crunchyroll, the popular anime service, right from inside the Prime Video app.
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:
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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
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Paramount+ plans to launch its Premium tier in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico on November 16 and its ad tier in select international markets in 2024
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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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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

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Google releases an emergency security update to fix Chrome's sixth zero-day in 2023, related to the Skia open-source 2D graphics library and found by Google TAG

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