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5:10 PM ET, November 17, 2023


 Top News: 
Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Apple is pausing advertising on X after outcry over Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic tweet and reports that Apple ads ran next to pro-Nazi content  —  - The left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters for America published a report Thursday that highlighted Apple, IBM …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Lionsgate's corporate parent suspends all advertising on X, as the fallout from an Elon Musk post endorsing antisemitic views spreads  —  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has suspended all advertising on X, effective immediately, a company spokesman said by email.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
IBM suspends its advertising on X after Media Matters said X has been placing ads for IBM, Apple, Oracle, Xfinity, and NBCU's Bravo alongside pro-Nazi material  —  Tech company's move is the latest setback to Linda Yaccarino's efforts to convince brands Elon Musk's platform is safe
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Internal note: the European Commission plans to “temporarily suspend” X advertising over widespread disinformation concerns and to avoid “reputational damage”  —  Ads on Musk-owned social media site risk causing ‘reputational damage’ to the EU, its executive says in internal note.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
In a podcast interview, Amazon Prime Video and Fox Sports anchor Charissa Thompson says she sometimes fabricated reports when she was a sideline reporter  —  Charissa Thompson did what has to be the worst thing a journalist could do.  It's inexcusable.  —  In what was a jaw-dropping admission …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Fox News host Mark Levin endorsed Ted Cruz in 2016 and is endorsing Ron DeSantis for 2024 without disclosing his stepson's work for both candidates  —  The Scoop  —  A powerful right-wing media figure who described himself as “all in for DeSantis” has a family connection to the campaign.
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Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
TikTok removes videos promoting Osama Bin Laden's “Letter to America” that justified the 9/11 attacks, but calls reports that they were trending “inaccurate”
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
The Golden Globes will air live on CBS, stream on Paramount+, and be available in the CBS app on January 7, 2024, after ending its longtime association with NBC  —  Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV  —  The Golden Globes have found a new broadcast home.  The upcoming 81st edition of the Hollywood awards show …
Giulia Petroni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy's competition watchdog opens an investigation into whether Meta has failed to provide adequate information on how to mark branded content on Instagram  —  Italy's competition watchdog has opened an investigation into whether Meta Platforms has failed to provide adequate information …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: the Los Angeles Times bans nearly a dozen staff who signed a letter condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza from covering the war for at least three months  —  The Scoop  —  The Los Angeles Times is prohibiting staff from covering the Gaza war for at least three months if they signed …
Elias Leight / Billboard:
Email: Apple added Apple Music fraud protections, like “financial adjustments” for repeat fraudsters, in 2022, resulting in a 30% drop in streaming manipulation  —  While Spotify is just now moving towards a penalty system, Apple quietly started making “financial adjustments” for repeat fraudsters more than a year ago.
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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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