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4:15 AM ET, May 15, 2024


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / Platformer:
AI search's arrival bodes ill for everyone who relied on web search to have their business discovered, their blog post read, or their journalism funded  —  When Sundar Pichai took the stage at Google I/O on Tuesday morning, he said that the rise of generative artificial intelligence would provide …
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
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
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 …
Nidhi Subbaraman / Wall Street Journal:
Fake studies have flooded publishers of scientific journals, resulting in retractions and millions of dollars in lost revenue; Wiley plans to close 19 journals  —  Wiley to shutter 19 more journals, some tainted by fraud  —  Fake studies have flooded the publishers of top scientific journals …
Clara Aberneithie / Press Gazette:
Interviews with journalists from BBC Russia, BBC Persia, and BBC Arabic about BBC World Service's 310 exiled journalists, fighting censorship, and more  —  How are BBC World Service stories reaching audiences in authoritarian states and how do journalists report when exiled?
Discussion: @bluechalkmedia
Washington Post:
Eight TikTok creators sue the US government over the law forcing a sale or ban of TikTok, arguing the move violates their First Amendment rights  —  The lawsuit is the second legal challenge to the new law, which creators say violates their First Amendment rights.
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Canadian author Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013 and was referred to as “a master of the contemporary short story”, dies at 92  —  Her stories were widely considered to be without equal, a mixture of ordinary people and extraordinary themes.
Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Google unveils Music AI Sandbox, a suite of music tools that include the ability to create loops via text, without disclosing when it will be publicly available  —  Producers say the AI-generated loops can make music sound ‘more human.’  —  Google has unveiled a new music-making tool …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Jimmy Finkelstein met with potential investors to drum up interest in a new venture, which is in the planning stages, after The Messenger's failure  —  MESSENGER, PT. DEUX  —  The 76-year-old media mogul is apparently looking to clear his name after The Messenger spectacularly flopped.
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.
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 More News: 
Neel Dhanesha / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with NPR's David Folkenflik and Floodlight's Miranda Green on uncovering how The Richmond Standard, a local newspaper, was set up as Chevron's mouthpiece
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
Discussion: Forbes
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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”
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
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