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12:10 AM ET, July 10, 2024


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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
The US DOJ seized two domain names and 968 X accounts that were part of a Russian propaganda effort using fake social profiles, planned by a senior editor at RT  —  A Russian internet propaganda campaign backed by the Kremlin that spread disinformation in the United States and relied …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ex-WSJ reporter Stephanie Armour sues the paper, alleging it sought to shed staffers who incur big health care costs by invoking “trumped up performance issues”  —  A disability discrimination lawsuit filed Tuesday by a veteran reporter who left the Wall Street Journal …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
TUAW is back online after shutting down in 2015; new owners seem to be using it as an AI content farm, copying others' posts and using ex-TUAW writers' names  —  This month, “Christina Warren” started blogging again for The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), a legendary and long-dead Apple-centric tech news blog …
Peter Kafka / Business Insider:
David Ellison has repeatedly framed “New Paramount” as partially a tech company, but the company's problem isn't its tech but rather its scale  —  - David Ellison says the new Paramount will be a “World-Class Media and Technology Enterprise.”  — He's Oracle founder Larry Ellison's son …
Source: Oracle founder Larry Ellison will invest ~$6B into the Paramount-Skydance deal, with RedBird Capital Partners contributing the remaining $2B
Janay Kingsberry / Washington Post:
A look at The Shade Room, which started as an Instagram celebrity gossip page on Black Hollywood and now aims to improve its standards and do original reporting  —  CEO Angie Nwandu said she wants to grow political coverage on her site that reflects the page's diverse Black audience: “Black people are not a monolith.”
Discussion: @scottbrodbeck
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo launches Climate Answers, an AI-powered chatbot that responds to questions about climate with info from WaPo articles; it aims to expand to other topics  —  - The Post is working with several AI firms, including OpenAI and Meta's Llama, to power its own large-language model that surfaces answers …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
A Kenyan court rules that Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif's death at the hands of local police in 2022 was arbitrary and unconstitutional  —  Kampala, July 8, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Kenyan court's Monday ruling that Kenyan authorities violated Pakistani …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Chalkbeat plans to launch Healthbeat, covering public health, this summer; Chalkbeat will be housed under the new Civic News Company with EIC Shani O. Hilton  —  - Chalkbeat, which launched a decade ago by Green and journalist Philissa Cramer, expanded into coverage of voting in 2020 and made …
Aidan Ryan / The Boston Globe:
UVM's Center for Community News receives $7M to expand partnerships between US universities and local news outlets to give students reporting opportunities  —  As the number of local journalists employed across the country continues to shrink, dozens of colleges are trying to help fill gaps in reporting.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Dish-owned streamer Sling TV plans to show pause ads, which could contain a video or static content; users can turn off pause ads from the settings menu  —  Sling TV will now put ads on your screen when you pause live or on-demand content, according to an announcement from its parent company, Dish.
Levin Stamm / Bloomberg:
Switzerland announces an advertising ban on Russian outlets Voice of Europe, RIA Novosti, Izvestia, and Rossiyskaya Gazeta, but lets them continue broadcasting  —  Switzerland will allow four Russian media outlets to continue broadcasting even after they were banned by the European Union.
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Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
DreamFlare, a studio where creators make videos using third-party AI tools and distribute them through a subscription service, emerges from stealth with $1.6M
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Q&A with NYT Executive Editor Joe Kahn about the NYT's Biden age coverage, the WSJ's investigative approach to the story, using anonymous GOP sources, and more
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen hires former HuffPost CEO Jared Grusd as the CEO of its content-solutions division Gracenote; he will report to Nielsen CEO Karthik Rao
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