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2:10 AM ET, May 15, 2024


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Eight TikTok creators sued the US government over the law forcing a sale or ban of TikTok, arguing it violates their First Amendment rights  —  The lawsuit is the second legal challenge to the new law, which creators say violates their First Amendment rights.
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 shutter 19 journals  —  Wiley to shutter 19 more journals, some tainted by fraud  —  Fake studies have flooded the publishers of top scientific journals …
Discussion: The Overspill
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.
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.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
YouTube says it will comply with a Hong Kong court order to block 32 video links, after the government sought to ban the Glory to Hong Kong protest anthem  —  Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) YouTube on Tuesday said it will comply with a Hong Kong court decision and block access to 32 video links deemed to be prohibited content.
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  —  “It's information.  But it's not news.”  —  In March, NPR's David Folkenflik and Miranda Green of Floodlight co-published …
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.
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
An interview with the Kyiv Independent ex-Defense Correspondent Illia Ponomarenko about his new book on Russia's Ukraine invasion, social media, and more