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4:10 PM ET, May 17, 2024


 Top News: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The CPJ led a coalition of media and civic groups urging the US DOJ to drop charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has a UK hearing on May 20  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists led a coalition of civil society organizations urging the United States Department of Justice …
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 …
Arasu Kannagi Basil / Reuters:
OpenAI and Reddit partner to bring Reddit content to OpenAI tools including ChatGPT via Reddit's Data API and to add AI features to Reddit; RDDT is up 12%+  —  Reddit (RDDT.N) has partnered with OpenAI to bring the social media platform's content to popular chatbot ChatGPT …
Laura Wagner / Washington Post:
Seven Black and female Chicago Tribune journalists file a federal suit against Alden, claiming it has knowingly paid them less than White and male counterparts  —  It's the latest revolt by journalists at a newspaper owned by Alden Global Capital.  —  Chicago Tribune journalists filed suit Thursday …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with New Yorker journalist Rachel Aviv on her Lucy Letby article, the cost of trial transcripts in the UK, why police comms aren't journalism, and more  —  “So much of the media coverage — and the trial itself — started at the point at which we've determined that [Lucy] …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Reddit reintroduces the awards system it shut down in 2023, ends the replacement Golden Upvotes system, and expands its Contributor Program to 35 countries  —  Reddit announced on Wednesday that it is reintroducing its awards system after shutting down the program last year.
Evan Drellich / New York Times:
Source: Roku's Sunday morning MLB package is worth $30M over three years, but the MLB can earn more from ads; Peacock paid $30M/year for the package before  —  Major League Baseball's Sunday morning package on Roku, called “Sunday Leadoff,” is worth a total of $30 million over three years …
Discussion: Awful Announcing and @tvgrimreaper
Emily Tomasik / Pew Research Center:
Survey: 39% of Americans say it is at least somewhat important that they get news from journalists who share their political views  —  Most Americans say it is not important that the news they get comes from journalists who share their political views, age, gender or other traits.
Discussion: @mediathoughts
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.
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.
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
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
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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
The Hollywood Reporter:
AI in film is on display at Cannes, as one distributor showcases AI dubbing and the movie Putin uses AI to re-create Putin's face over the body of an actor
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Meta starts testing TweetDeck-style customizable feeds on Threads that are stacked in a column interface on the web, available to selected users
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
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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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Fox, and WBD unveil the name of their sports streaming venture: Venu Sports, whose debut is planned for fall 2024

From Techmeme:

Safe Superintelligence Inc.:
Ilya Sutskever, Daniel Gross, and Daniel Levy announce Safe Superintelligence, an American company “with one goal and one product: a safe superintelligence”

A look at Nvidia's 591,078% rise since its IPO in 1999; long-time investors in Nvidia have had to stomach three annual collapses of 50% or more in the stock

Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
CDK Global, which provides SaaS tools for over 15,000 car dealerships in North America, shuts down most of its systems following a cyberattack

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