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7:50 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
Kate Knibbs / Wired:
Lineup Publishing says Deadspin will include “betting content” but insists the outlet won't become an SEO clickfarm, and restores deleted posts  —  The future of once-beloved sports blog Deadspin has been murky since it was acquired by an unknown company called Lineup Publishing in March.
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  —  Editor's Note: A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.
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 …
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  —  At first glance, Jed Rosenzweig's new venture would seem like a fool's errand: launching a digital news site during brutal economic times …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Streamers are ordering linear-esque content, like procedurals and sitcoms, with 15- or 16-episode seasons, as they seek to avoid churn and emulate broadcasters  —  There's a reason the most successful night of primetime used to be branded “Must See TV.”  In the late 1990s, NBC's “ER” …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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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%
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
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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
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”