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11:30 AM ET, May 18, 2024

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: WBD continues to hold talks with the NBA about keeping the rights, but it's more likely the league signs papers with NBCUniversal, forcing WBD to match  —  Whether it's two people in a marriage or a company and a sports league, it's not easy to break up a 40-year partnership.
New York Times:
Sources: Sony and Apollo sign NDAs but back away from their $26B offer for Paramount's assets, partly due to Sony shareholders' concerns over streaming costs  —  The two companies have expressed interest in acquiring the media conglomerate, but are backing away from their $26 billion all-cash offer.
Hayley Wong / South China Morning Post:
The US says it is deeply concerned over reports that Zhang Zhan, imprisoned after covering COVID-19 in China, has disappeared after her expected prison release  —  - Zhang Zhan, arrested in 2020 after reporting on coronavirus in Wuhan, has not been heard from since her expected prison release date, advocates say
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, the police documentary about the case, and more  —  “So much of the media coverage — and the trial itself — started at the point at which we've determined that [Lucy] …
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: @tvgrimreaper and Awful Announcing
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
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Pranshu Verma / Washington Post:
A look at an ISIS-affiliated media program called News Harvest, which is using AI-generated news anchors to disseminate extremist propaganda quickly and cheaply
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
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
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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
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
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Fox, and WBD unveil the name of their sports streaming venture: Venu Sports, whose debut is planned for fall 2024
 

 
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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”

Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:
As Nvidia passes Microsoft's market cap, John Chambers, who was Cisco's CEO when Cisco passed Microsoft in the dot-com boom, says the situation now is different

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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