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8:00 PM ET, June 12, 2024


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Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
AI search engine Perplexity says it was working on revenue-sharing deals with publishers when Forbes criticized it for misusing content from Forbes and others  —  The Scoop  —  Perplexity, the AI search startup that recently came under fire from Forbes for allegedly misusing its content …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has just bought Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.  D eadline first told you the chain was up for sale and being shopped around to studios.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting  —  CNN staffers fear a new deal with the Associated Press may spell layoffs at the third-place cable news network.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties  —  Spotify's audiobook bundle has put it at war with music publishers … The audiobooks addition gave Spotify leeway to reclassify …
Tom Jones / Poynter:
Experts on journalism ethics and standards criticize Lauren Windsor's secret recordings of US Supreme Court judges and her failure to fully identify herself  —  Lauren Windsor calls herself a journalist.  But she didn't act like one when she deceived Alito to get him to talk.
Rolling Stone:
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito suggests partisan funding of ProPublica is to blame for its coverage of the court, in a secret recording at a recent dinner
Chris Stein / The Guardian:
A look at crime-reporting social media accounts in Washington, DC, which seek accountability from leaders but often ignore context and veer into fearmongering  —  Critics say crime-reporting social media accounts in Washington DC promote accountability from leaders but ignore context and veer into fearmongering
Kate Knibbs / Wired:
Q&A with Jingna Zhang, the founder of anti-AI social platform Cara, about its focus on artists, having nearly 900K users, generative AI vs. creativity, and more  —  Artists are fleeing Meta's platforms over fears their work will be used to train AI.  Photographer Jingna Zhang's Cara …
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Replacing Will Lewis at WaPo would be Jeff Bezos' cleanest, best move, but if he won't, he and Lewis should publicly commit to newsroom independence, and more
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Howard Fineman, who spent three decades at Newsweek and later became HuffPost's political editor and global editorial director, dies at 75 of pancreatic cancer  —  Fineman, who provided a critical look behind the curtain of Capitol Hill as a regular analyst on cable television, died of pancreatic cancer.
Alyssa Boyle / AdExchanger:
Roku launches Roku Exchange to let programmatic ad buyers access the same data as direct buyers, get more metadata about channels, and more  —  Roku wants ad buyers to know it's no walled garden.  —  On Wednesday, Roku announced what it's calling the Roku Exchange.
New York Times:
Sources: Shari Redstone was irked that Skydance's revised Paramount terms reduced National Amusements' value from $2B to $1.7B, affecting her family's holdings  —  There were several hitches in the last week as Skydance, Paramount and its parent company, National Amusements, reached the final stages of negotiations.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
In an email to staff, Skydance CEO David Ellison acknowledges Paramount merger talks have ended, and says that Skydance is “stronger” because of the talks
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