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11:45 AM ET, July 10, 2024


 Top News: 
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
TUAW is back online after shutting down in 2015; the new owners seem to be using TUAW as an AI content farm, copying others' posts and using ex-writers' names  —  This month, “Christina Warren” started blogging again for The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), a legendary and long-dead Apple …
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 …
George Stephanopoulos replies to a pedestrian on Biden, saying “I don't think he can serve four more years”; ABC says “George expressed his own point of view”  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS BIDEN CAN'T SERVE 4 MORE YEARS … 6:28 PM PT — George Stephanopoulos tells TMZ …
Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Mark Thompson says CNN is cutting about 100 jobs, plans to launch its first subscription product later in 2024, but offers few details, and more  —  CEO Mark Thompson said it was “a logical possibility” that CNN might pursue a subscription bundle similar to what the New York Times offers.
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
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Radio show and podcast This American Life plans to move its ad sales from the NYT to National Public Media on August 1, as the NYT looks to paywall its podcasts  —  The program will remain available through the New York Times' audio app  —  The long-running radio show and podcast …
Discussion: @ashleyrcarman and Inside Radio
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A profile of nonprofit National Trust for Local News, which has raised and invested $38M since 2021 to buy and recapitalize financially precarious publications  —  The National Trust for Local News has found that the nonprofit sector 'doesn't need more coaches.' Instead, it will send in a hands-on team.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post launches Climate Answers, an AI chatbot that responds to climate questions with info from WaPo articles, and aims to expand to more topics  —  - The Post is working with several AI firms, including OpenAI and Meta's Llama, to power its own large-language model …
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
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
City AM editor Andy Silvester plans to leave the free London business newspaper after overseeing its transition to a digital-first newsroom and a new website  —  City AM editor Andy Silvester is leaving the free business newspaper after almost four years at the helm.
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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
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Spotify adds the ability for users to leave comments on podcasts, expanding on polls and Q&As; comments will be private by default, and creators can opt out
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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
Discussion: Poynter