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2:40 PM ET, May 15, 2024

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Politico:
Joe Biden proposes two debates with Trump, ditching the bipartisan commission that has conducted presidential debates since the late 1980s; Trump accepts  —  During recent weeks, both the Trump and Biden campaigns held behind-the-scenes talks about debate planning.
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ABC News:
Joe Biden and Donald Trump agree to an ABC News presidential debate on September 10  —  Biden challenged Trump to two debates, Trump said he's “ready and willing.”  —  President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore at Bowie State University on Nov. 7 …
CNN:
CNN plans to host the Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential debate in Georgia on June 27, after both accepted CNN's invitation  —  President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he's accepted an invitation from CNN to debate former President Donald Trump on June 27 - challenging the former president …
Washington Post:
Biden's debate proposal asks for broadcast networks that hosted GOP debates in 2016 and Democratic debates in 2020: CNN, ABC News, Telemundo, and CBS News  —  The president said he will not participate in the traditional televised showdowns organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix strikes a three-year deal with the NFL to stream two new Christmas Day games this season, and “at least one game” in 2025 and in 2026  —  The streaming giant lands the league's two new Christmas Day games, beginning this season.  —  Netflix will stream live NFL games, beginning this season.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
The arrival of AI search bodes ill for everyone who relies 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 …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
News/Media Alliance CEO Danielle Coffey says Google's AI Overviews rollout will be catastrophic, as the little traffic publishers get will be further diminished  —  Editor's Note: A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  Sign up for the daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape here.
Discussion: News/Media Alliance
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The National Music Publishers Association sends a cease-and-desist letter to Spotify over its use of lyrics in its videos feature, remix tool, and more  —  Spotify was hit with a cease-and-desist letter from the National Music Publishers Assn. over its use of lyrics in its recently launched video function …
Max Tani / Semafor:
NYT reporters are circulating a draft of an open letter to Joe Kahn, criticizing the editor over recent comments they said were dismissive of young reporters  —  The Scoop  —  New York Times reporters are circulating a draft of a letter to Joe Kahn, criticizing the paper's top editor …
New York Times:
Sources detail the tensions at NBC and its parent company Comcast over MSNBC's embrace of progressive politics, as NBC News strives to appeal to a mass audience  —  NBC's leaders have been forced to grapple with how to square its cable news network's embrace of progressive politics with the company's straight-news operation.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bob Iger says Disney is “pretty dramatically” reducing its spending on traditional TV content and Disney+'s overinvestment “resulted in volume, not quality”  —  Company originally ‘invested too much’ in streaming content, which ‘resulted in volume, not quality,’
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon made its debut Upfronts pitch on May 14, competing with major media networks and highlighting its push beyond digital ads and into traditional media  —  Amazon has become a growing threat to digital ad incumbents Meta and Google, attracting billions of dollars a quarter from brands …
 
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
An interview with veteran entertainment journalist Jed Rosenzweig about LateNighter, his news site and newsletter launched in February to follow late-night TV
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Q&A with Nicholas Kristof on how security for foreign correspondents has changed, the need for more reporting and less punditry, protecting sources, and more
Discussion: Poynter
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
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
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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
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
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
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Reddit's stock closed up 7.13% on May 14, as posts on r/WallStreetBets drive a meme stocks rally; GameStop closed up 60.10% and AMC up 31.98%
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%
 

 
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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q1 revenue up 262% YoY to $26.04B, vs. $24.65B est., forecasts Q2 revenue above est., and splits its stock 10-for-1; NVDA jumps 5%+

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting Bing.com, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, and more; ChatGPT and DuckDuckGo have similar issues

 
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