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12:55 PM ET, May 16, 2024

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Lili Bayer / The Guardian:
Some Slovakian ministers and political allies of Prime Minister Robert Fico blame the media for the attempt on Fico's life  —  Journalists voice concern after senior figures from ruling coalition blame independent outlets and opposition parties for incident
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Fox, and WBD unveil the name of their sports streaming venture: Venu Sports, whose debut is planned for fall 2024  —  “We are excited to officially introduce Venu Sports, a brand that we feel captures the spirit of an all-new streaming home where sports fans outside …
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
Sony Music sends letters to 700+ AI companies, developers, and music streaming platforms warning over the “unauthorized use” of Sony's content in training AI  —  Music group representing Adele and Beyoncé contacts more than 700 companies to prohibit use of content
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing 60-minute videos, which would let media companies post full TV show episodes and put TikTok in even more direct competition with YouTube  —  TikTok is testing the ability for users to upload 60-minute videos, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Jon Campbell / Gothamist:
New York's $90M employment tax credit for local news outlets currently excludes publicly traded TV and radio companies as well as nonprofit news outlets  —  We rely on your support to make local news available to all  —  Make your contribution now and help Gothamist thrive in 2024.  Donate today
The Marshall Project:
Marshall Project Editor-in-Chief Susan Chira, who joined from the New York Times in 2019, plans to step down in early 2025  —  Under her stewardship, the news nonprofit more than doubled in size, opened local newsrooms and won its second Pulitzer Prize.
Discussion: @dicktofel and @benmullin
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube formally launches YouTube Select Creator Takeovers, to let advertisers buy out the inventory on channels representing the top 1% of YouTube content  —  Video platform also inks deal to bring WNBA Friday night games to YouTube TV … At its annual Brandcast event …
Reuters:
EU ambassadors agree in principle to put four Russian media outlets, including Voice of Europe and RIA Novosti, on its sanctions list over propaganda concerns  —  EU ambassadors agreed in principle on Wednesday to place four Russian media outlets on its sanctions list, accusing them of propaganda …
Discussion: @verajourova
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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Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Nabiha Syed, previously CEO of The Markup and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, joins the Mozilla Foundation as executive director  —  The Mozilla Foundation's new executive director was previously CEO of nonprofit tech news outlet The Markup.  —  Nabiha Syed, who was previously CEO …
CNBC:
Netflix says its ad tier has 40M MAUs, up from 23M in January 2024, and plans to launch its own ad platform and no longer partner with Microsoft for that tech  —  Netflix's cheaper, ad-supported tier has amassed 40 million global monthly active users, the company said Wednesday.
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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
 
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Antonio Planas / NBC News:
ESPN says Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut game for the Indiana Fever was the most-watched WNBA game on ESPN platforms ever, drawing 2.1M viewers and peaking at 2.3M
Bloomberg:
Sources: Paramount has had talks with Amazon about expanding ties, including bundled sales of channels; one source said the talks also involved advertising
Marie Woolf / Globe and Mail:
The CRTC delays Online Streaming Act enactment until late 2025; the law sets how much streamers and broadcasters pay to support Canadian and Indigenous content
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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
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
 

 
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Safe Superintelligence Inc.:
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Bloomberg:
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