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4:40 PM ET, May 14, 2024


 Top News: 
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google will roll out AI overviews in search to all US users, starting this week, and in more countries soon; they will be available to 1B+ users by end of year  —  AI Overviews is rolling out to all US based searchers in Google Search, making AI Overviews available to hundreds of millions …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Google expands its SynthID watermark imprinting system to AI-generated video and text; the tool can already attempt to detect AI-generated images and audio  —  Among Google's swath of new AI models and tools announced today, the company is also expanding its AI content watermarking …
Kayla Cobb / The Wrap:
Nielsen launches The Media Distributor Gauge, showing TV usage ranked by company: Disney accounted for 11.5% of TV viewing in April, YouTube accounted for 9.6%  —  Nielsen has launched a new tool to better monitor the ongoing streaming wars.  Say hello to the Media Distributor Gauge …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says Comcast plans to launch StreamSaver, a bundle of Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV+, later this month at a “vastly reduced price”  —  Get ready for the next cable-like streaming bundle: Comcast later this month will launch a three-way bundle …
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Reddit's stock closed up 7.13% today, amid a meme stocks rally driven in part by posts on r/WallStreetBets; GameStop closed up 60.10% and AMC up 31.98%  —  Reddit shares popped 7% on Tuesday, climbing for a second straight day after retail traders kicked off a buying frenzy of so-called meme stocks.
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Sam Feist, CNN's longtime Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, will leave the network at the end of June to become C-SPAN CEO  —  Sam Feist, CNN's longtime Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, is departing the network to lead the nonprofit public affairs channel C-SPAN, the networks announced Tuesday.
Sarah Basford Canales / The Guardian:
An Australian court sentences ex-army lawyer David McBride to five years and eight months for stealing Afghanistan war docs and leaking them to Australia's ABC  —  McBride, who pleaded guilty to stealing commonwealth information and passing it to the ABC, receives non-parole jail term of 27 months
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
TelevisaUnivision says Vix now has 50M MAUs, up 70% YoY, and plans to launch the previously announced ad-supported tier of Vix on May 15  —  TelevisaUnivision said flagship streaming service Vix now has 50 million monthly active users, up 70% over this time last year.
Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
Sony Pictures reports Q4 revenue up 1.1% YoY to ~$2.74B, profit up 75% YoY to $208M, and FY 2023 revenue up 1.7% YoY to ~$10.31B, weighed down by the strikes  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment has seen operating income fall nearly 10% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2024.
Josh Ye / Reuters:
Tencent reports Q1 revenue up 6% YoY to ~$22.1B and online ad revenue up 26% YoY to ~$3.66B driven by upgraded ad infrastructure and WeChat Video Accounts  —  China's Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) posted a 6% rise in first-quarter revenue on Tuesday, beating analyst expectations …
Emma Bubola / New York Times:
Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof says he has fled the country to Europe, after an Iranian court sentenced him to eight years in prison for his movies  —  Mohammad Rasoulof, known for the award-winning “There Is No Evil,” had been barred from leaving Iran after his work criticized Iran's authoritarian rule.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: some conservative operatives have raised $1M+ to launch Washington Reporter, a conservative-leaning outlet aiming to rival Punchbowl and Politico
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Sony Pictures Television announces Pop Culture Jeopardy, a Jeopardy spinoff that will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video; the host is yet to be announced
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku gets exclusive multiyear rights for MLB's Sunday Leadoff live games, starting May 19, a package previously held by NBCUniversal's Peacock
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
The New Yorker confirms blocking readers in the UK from reading an article about convicted child serial killer Lucy Letby, to comply with a UK court order
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Le Monde in English, which makes up 10% of new Le Monde subscribers, hopes Paris Olympics and the US election will help reach 1M subscribers by the end of 2025