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2:20 PM ET, June 14, 2024

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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.
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 …
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
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
A Chinese court sentences Sophia Huang Xueqin, who reported on #MeToo movement and Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, to 5 years on state subversion charges  —  Sophia Huang Xueqin, who reported on #MeToo movement and Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, sentenced along with labour activist Wang Jianbing
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  —  “We are...deeply worried that despite this partnership, OpenAI may be downplaying rather than elevating our works,” Business Insider's union wrote in a letter to management.
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  —  Inside a state prison near Stillwater, Minn., past the armed guards and the wings of cells stacked one on top of another …
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.
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  —  Newspaper lobbyists look out only for themselves  —  Whither news?  —  ·  —  Just now  —  California legislators have amended …
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  —  How the BBC Arabic's Lifeline Service in Gaza is delivering vital information to displaced citizens and airing first-hand accounts of survivors.
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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
Jenna Fryer / Associated Press:
Fox Sports acquires the rights to broadcast IndyCar starting in 2025, replacing NBC, which has held the rights since 2009; Fox now has Daytona 500 and Indy 500
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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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney and Ron DeSantis reach a 15-year agreement to let Disney undertake a $17B expansion of Walt Disney World near Orlando; Disney will end all litigation
Gary Baum / The Hollywood Reporter:
A profile of Bryan Freedman, a divisive entertainment lawyer known for his rabidity and ruthlessness and who has represented Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon, and more
 

 
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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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