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7:15 AM ET, February 8, 2024

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Disney plans to launch ESPN's D2C service in August or the fall of 2025, and include integration with ESPN's fantasy platforms and ESPN Bet  —  - ESPN will launch its flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service in the fall of 2025, Disney CEO Bob Iger said Wednesday.
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney plans to invest $1.5B for a stake in Epic Games and collaborate on a new “universe” connected to Fortnite with content from Disney, Pixar, and more
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Disney Q1: 111.3M Disney+ subscribers, down from 112.6M in Q3, Disney+ Hotstar adds 700K subscribers to 38.3M, and expects streaming profitability by Q4 2024
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney reports Q1 revenue of $23.55B, about the same from a year ago, operating income up 27% YoY to $3.9B, and raises its guidance; DIS up 5%+
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NFL, NBA, and other sports leagues were kept in the dark about the sports streaming platform being launched by Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox  —  NFL, NBA digest details of new platform looming over their businesses  —  Sports leagues including the National Football League …
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Fubo says it is concerned about the “impact on fair market competition” after Disney, Fox, and WBD announced a sports streaming platform; FUBO closed down 20%+
Peter Kafka / Business Insider:
A sports streaming platform jointly owned by Disney, WBD, and Fox could reshape the TV industry but could also anger pay TV distributors and sports leagues
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Memo: Warner Music plans to lay off 10% of its staff, or 600 people, wind down its podcast network Interval Presents, and sell the websites Uproxx and HipHopDX  —  The tough news continues for the music industry as Warner Music announced that it will lay off 10% of its staff, or 600 people, in the coming weeks.
David Gilbert / Wired:
How a Russian disinformation campaign is using bots, lifestyle influencers, and state-run media to boost calls for a US “civil war” over the Texas border crisis  —  An all-encompassing Russian disinformation campaign is using everything from bots to lifestyle influencers …
Connor Jones / The Register:
Microsoft's Threat Analysis Center says Iran's cyber operations in Israel show how Iran could target the 2024 US elections, including AI-generated fake news  —  Tactics are more sophisticated and supported in greater numbers  —  Iran's anti-Israel cyber operations are providing a window …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK-based ITN warns about AI deepfake online videos featuring some of its leading journalists, and says Meta can be slow to act once alerted to such content  —  Social media platforms such as Instagram are slow to remove harmful deepfake video content.  —  ITN has warned of the threat posed …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Battle for the Bird book excerpt: how Jack Dorsey's plan to get Elon Musk to save Twitter failed, as Musk dismantled the company after taking over, and more  —  An excerpt from Battle for the Bird shows how Twitter's two most prominent leaders contributed to its current dilemma.
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Q&A with Medium CEO Tony Stubblebine on Medium expecting to turn a profit in 2024, distribution, training LLMs, AI-generated content, media layoffs, and more  —  The Scene  —  Amid turmoil in the media industry, online publishing platform Medium expects to post its first profit around the middle of this year.
Discussion: @bigmeaninternet and @semaforben
Natalie Korach / The Wrap:
News Corp Q2: revenue up 3% YoY to $2.59B, vs. $2.58B est., net income up 95% to $183M, Dow Jones with its highest quarterly revenue since its 2007 acquisition  —  The second quarter of 2024 marked the highest quarterly Dow Jones revenues since its acquisition in 2007
Isaiah Colbert / IGN:
Funimation plans to shut down on April 2, and provides an option to merge users' account with Crunchyroll; copies bought on Funimation won't work on Crunchyroll  —  Funimation subscribers can access their anime history and queue on Crunchyroll by merging their accounts.
Claudia Chiappa / Politico:
Tucker Carlson faces backlash from American and Russian journalists after claiming that Western media is not making an effort to hear Putin's side of the story  —  The controversial pundit is interviewing the Russian leader.  Now other journalists are raging at “this SoB.”
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Russia says Tucker Carlson is “not correct” to say no Western reporter tried to interview Putin, and Carlson is different from “traditional Anglo-Saxon media”
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Former Fox host Tucker Carlson says he has traveled to Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin and will air the interview “unedited” on his website and on X
 
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Alberto Fittarelli / The Citizen Lab:
How a network of 123+ China-based websites posing as local news outlets in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America spreads pro-Beijing disinformation
Kara Swisher / New York Magazine:
An excerpt from Kara Swisher's upcoming book, Burn Book: covering digital media in the '90s, Facebook and Google becoming information gatekeepers, and more
Jared Holt / The Daily Beast:
How the author of notorious Hollywood gossip blog Crazy Days and Nights inadvertently revealed his identity to a Florida court following an extramarital affair
Discussion: @eriqgardner and @katienotopoulos
Ted Lipien / The Hill:
Current and ex-VOA journalists criticize the US agency for uploading propaganda messages from Putin and Alexander Lukashenko on its YouTube without any context
Discussion: Politico
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
An interview with Nebojša Vujinović Vujo, who runs 2,000+ AI-generated news sites, often hosted on once-popular domains, and claims to have ~12 human editors