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8:30 PM ET, June 14, 2024

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Associated Press:
A bankruptcy judge orders the liquidation of Alex Jones' personal assets but dismisses for now the bankruptcy case against the company that runs Infowars  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ′ personal assets but dismissed …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The movie The Apprentice has yet to find a US distributor, suggesting that some media companies may have already been intimidated by Trump and his supporters  —  This week I finally got to see “The Apprentice,” an absorbing, disturbing movie about the relationship between the red-baiting mob lawyer Roy Cohn and a young Donald Trump.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at the growing popularity of Tubi as streaming prices rise; Nielsen: May was Tubi's most-watched month ever, with an average of 1M viewers, up 46% YoY  —  In the era of “streamflation,” it's a good time to be Tubi.  —  Subscription prices for Netflix, Disney+, Max and Peacock …
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
Sources say the publisher Little, Brown canceled prominent journalist Jason Zengerle's biography of Tucker Carlson, partly due to Carlson's mainstream absence  —  A major publisher just canceled a big-budget book on the former Fox News star, cementing his mainstream absence.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Workweek, a publishing platform for creators serving business professionals, raised a $12.5M Series A to expand from its eight newsletters and 500K+ subscribers  —  The company raised $1.5 million in seed round funding in a round led by LightShed Ventures.  — The company provides publishing …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Owen Lewis / Defector:
The Longform podcast, featuring weekly interviews with nonfiction writers, is planning to end production after 12 years  —  Wednesday morning, I saw a tweet from the Longform podcast: Jay Caspian Kang, a staff writer at The New Yorker, was the guest on for their 583rd episode.  I perked up.
Catherine Perloff / Adweek:
The Trade Desk threatens to demonetize Yahoo video ad inventory, saying Yahoo had misrepresented inventory as “in-stream”; Yahoo says it's working on changes  —  The DSP is accusing the publisher of misrepresenting its inventory  —  The Trade Desk alerted buyers earlier this week …
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
A Chinese court sentences Sophia Huang Xueqin, who reported on #MeToo movement and Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, to five years in jail for state subversion  —  Sophia Huang Xueqin, who reported on #MeToo movement and Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, sentenced along with labour activist Wang Jianbing
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Sources: Stanford Internet Observatory is winding down after five years and won't conduct research into any future elections; Stanford may retain SIO's branding  —  After five years of pioneering research into the abuse of social platforms, the Stanford Internet Observatory is winding down.
Danielle Kaye / New York Times:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified briefly at the fraud trial for Carlos Watson of Ozy Media, denying Watson's alleged claims that Google sought to buy Ozy  —  Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, said he never discussed a potential acquisition of the digital media start-up.
New York Times:
Sources: Jeff Bezos appears to be standing by Publisher and CEO Will Lewis and has envisioned WaPo growing to reach 100M subscribers from its current 2.5M  —  The Amazon founder has expressed his support to Will Lewis, the C.E.O., who has faced widespread criticism this month.
Boone Ashworth / Wired:
Yahoo debuts a revamped version of its free Yahoo News app, powered by Artifact's AI tech, after acquiring the Instagram co-founders' news app in April 2024  —  Artifact, the news app startup from Instagram's cofounders, was purchased by Yahoo earlier this year.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:   Yahoo confirms it has been testing an AI summaries feature for a few months on the Yahoo News website for a small, single-digit percentage of articles
 
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Meg Anderson / NPR:
A look at Prison Mirror, one of the US' oldest prison newspapers, running since 1887, made by and for the people held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility
Andrew Deck / Nieman Lab:
The Insider Union asks BI management to share details of its OpenAI licensing deal, citing issues with ChatGPT's inaccurate or missing links to Insider scoops
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
A look at the problems of new legislation to support journalism, through state tax money or fees on Big Tech, in California, New York, and Canada
Megan Cattel / Nieman Reports:
Q&A with Ibrahaim Abdelbaki, the editor of BBC Arabic's Lifeline Service in Gaza, on providing information to displaced citizens, reporting challenges, and more
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Disney debuts two new ad products across its streaming portfolio: shoppable ads and advergames, which let viewers play branded games rather than watch ads
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK nonprofit The Bureau of Investigative Journalism launches paid memberships and explores other revenue streams to address a £250,000 funding shortfall
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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