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2:30 PM ET, February 22, 2024


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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google strikes a deal with Reddit, reportedly for $60M/year, giving Google access to the Reddit Data API to surface more Reddit content and train AI models  —  Google today announced an “expanded partnership” with Reddit that sees it get access to the forum website's data for training and other product uses.
Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization  —  Burke, a nationally recognized media consultant, is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday in Tampa.
Dr Richard Fletcher / Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Analysis: at 2023's end, 48% of the top news websites in the US, the UK, and eight others had blocked OpenAI's crawler and 24% had blocked Google's AI crawler  —  In this factsheet we describe the proportion of top news websites in ten countries that block AI (artificial intelligence) crawlers.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack says 3M+ customers subscribe to paid newsletters on its platform, up from 2M in February 2023, and credits its recommendations feature for the growth  —  - The company said it plans to expand the recommendations feature, which helps writers promote other newsletters in its network …
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Google plans to integrate Gemini into its Performance Max ad placement tool, helping brands generate longer headlines, after adding Gemini to Google Workspace  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday it will integrate its Gemini artificial intelligence models into an existing product for advertisers …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A look at German tabloid Bild, whose paid tier, Bildplus, has 707K digital subscribers and has grown subscribers by buying rights to boxing matches not on TV  —  Bundles and sports livestreams help, but journalism drives most subscriptions for Bild.  —  The head of the digital subscriptions strategy …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video
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Miranda Bryant / The Guardian:
In a Danish court, prosecutors allege a man fraudulently made ~£502K in royalties from music streamers and breached copyright law  —  Aarhus court hears he may have profited from artificially generated playbacks, in case thought to be first of its kind
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts its marketplace tool to connect brands and creators for partnerships or ads in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Japan, India, and Brazil  —  Instagram said today that it is expanding its marketplace tool to connect brands with creators for paid partnerships or ads in eight new countries.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce  —  - The Wall Street Journal reported that BuzzFeed is also looking to possibly sell its social media food brand Tasty.
Stanley Widianto / Reuters:
Meta says “we understand Meta will not be required to pay for news content that publishers voluntarily post to our platforms” in Indonesia under a new law  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META.O) on Thursday said it believes that a new Indonesia law does not require …
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Hollywood Reporter:
A look at Dana Walden's reorganization of ABC News, which is an effort to stabilize the unit and showcase her mettle as a top decision-maker at Disney
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The first trial in the death of a cinematographer on the set of Rust begins; weapons handler Hannah Gutierrez pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter
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