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12:55 AM ET, May 17, 2024


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Arasu Kannagi Basil / Reuters:
OpenAI and Reddit partner to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT and more via Reddit's Data API, bring new AI tools to Reddit, and make OpenAI a Reddit ad partner  —  Reddit (RDDT.N) has partnered with OpenAI to bring the social media platform's content to popular chatbot ChatGPT …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Memo: Gannett is adding AI-generated summaries to the top of some stories, with a disclaimer at the bottom; some USA Today stories already show the summaries  —  Gannett, the media company that owns hundreds of newspapers in the US, is launching a new program that adds AI-generated bullet points …
Steven Waldman / @stevenwaldman:
The California Senate Appropriations Committee approves a bill imposing fees on Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon to pay for local news through employment tax credits  —  The California Senate Appropriations Committee minutes ago approved Sen. Glazer's bill to put a fee on Alphabet, Meta & Amazon to pay for reviving local news (through employment tax credits). 1st time such a fee would be dedicated to saving local news. ...
Discussion: @danibergstrom and @mattdpearce
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
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 …
CNN's Reliable Sources:
Michael Cohen testifies about his ties to reporters during Donald Trump's NY trial, showing the complicated relationships journalists often have with sources  —  The Donald Trump hush money trial is dragging reporters into uncomfortable territory and laying bare the complicated relationships journalists often have with sources.
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
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Two voice actors sue AI startup Lovo, saying it illegally used recordings of their voices to make audio clones without their permission; Lovo denies the claims  —  Two voice actors say an A.I. company created clones of their voices without their permission.  Now they're suing.
Erin Doherty / Axios:
The Biden-Harris campaign accepts an invitation from CBS News to participate in a vice presidential debate on July 23 or August 13  —  - “We look forward to the Trump campaign accepting one of these dates so that the full debate calendar for this campaign can be set,” the Biden campaign said.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: many NPR employees expressed anger or concern over the Backstop, a new layer of editors who will review all of NPR's journalism before it is released  —  Many employees have expressed concern that a new group of six editors called the Backstop will be unnecessary and slow down NPR's journalism.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
In a lawsuit, the Mechanical Licensing Collective claims Spotify's recent subscription offers that bundle music and audiobooks would result in lower royalties  —  The lawsuit states that, beginning in March 2024, Spotify announced that its Premium Individual, Duo and Family subscription streaming plans …
Discussion: Billboard and Digital Music News
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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