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5:20 PM ET, March 30, 2022


 Top News: 
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
CBS News' co-president Neeraj Khemlani told morning news show staff that CBS needed to hire more Republicans; sources: Mulvaney's hire sparked internal backlash  —  CBS News's decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor is drawing backlash within …
Christopher Ingraham / The Why Axis:
CBS News presenting Mick Mulvaney as an impartial news analyst without disclosing his serious conflicts of interest is the latest example of its GOP bias
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
CBS News hires Mick Mulvaney, who served as Donald Trump's acting chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020, as a contributor to provide political analysis
Washington Post:
Meta paid a GOP consulting firm to run a campaign against TikTok in the US, including placing op-eds and letters to the editor in regional news outlets  —  Facebook parent company Meta is paying one of the biggest Republican consulting firms in the country to orchestrate a nationwide campaign seeking to turn the public against TikTok.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Hundreds of local news outlets repeated negative stories about TikTok amid Meta's campaign against the social network, especially TV stations  —  Facebook hired a large consulting firm to undermine its competitor TikTok, The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz and Drew Harwell reported in an eye-popping scoop on Wednesday.
Discussion: Protocol and Businesshala News
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify expands Blend, which lets two friends merge their tastes in a playlist, to up to 10 users and selected artists, including BTS and Charli XCX  —  Spotify's popular playlist creation tool, Blend, is getting its biggest update since its offiical launch last year.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
BBC sets a goal of 25% of its staff coming from low socio-economic backgrounds by 2027 and says it will need to find £285M in annual savings by 2027/28  —  U.K. broadcaster BBC has revealed ambitions of a more representative workforce as part of its Annual Plan that was published on Wednesday.
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Italy extends the 90-day window between theatrical release and streaming to all films, expanding from only Italian films with government subsidies  —  The announcement was made by Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini during a Rome confab on the state of the country's film industry held …
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker:
Indiana's attorney general settles with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, editor and publisher of, agreeing to let Shabazz attend future press conferences  —  Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, editor and publisher of the online news site, said he was singled out and barred from attending …
Discussion: IndyPolitics.Org
Steve Zurier / SC Media:
IoT manufacturer Ubiquiti sues cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, claiming he falsely accused the company of covering up a cyberattack  —  Ubiquiti on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against industry blogger Brian Krebs for $425 million in damages for allegedly falsely accusing the company of “covering up” a cyberattack.
Discussion: The Register and @quinnypig
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Insider Intelligence: ad spending in Russia will total $3.55B in 2022, down 49.7% from 2021, well below the expected 7.5% increase for the year  —  Research firm Insider Intelligence projects ad spending in Russia will total $3.55 billion in 2022  —  Advertising spending in Russia will plunge this year …
Discussion: @megancgraham
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Tony Silber / MediaPost:
Bonsai, the Toronto-based e-commerce platform used by BuzzFeed, Vox Media, Refinery29, and others, raises a $21M Series A led by Framework Venture Partners
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Nielsen: Fox News' total daily viewers grew 22% YoY to 1.6M in Q1, the only cable news network to gain viewers in the quarter; MSNBC fell 48% and CNN fell 52%
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China is planning expanded restrictions on its huge live-streaming industry, including capping daily tipping and tighter content censorship
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Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Black News Channel, which shut down March 25, files for bankruptcy; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan was principal investor, with a reported $50M commitment
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
A look at the wildly inconsistent content made by RT America, Russia's effort to reach viewers in the US, after years of archives were banned by YouTube
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Nielsen: the Oscars had 16.6M viewers, the second lowest ever but up 58% from the record-low of 10.4M in 2021; Will Smith's slap increased the audience by 555K
India stopped Washington Post columnist Rana Ayyub from attending journalism events abroad, claiming she laundered the COVID-19 relief money she crowdfunded
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen agrees to be acquired by a group of private equity firms, led by Brookfield and Elliott, in a deal valuing it at $16B, or $28 per share, including debt

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sanctions Sinbad, a crypto mixer allegedly used by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, and the US, the Netherlands, and Poland seize the service

Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Google releases an emergency security update to fix Chrome's sixth zero-day in 2023, related to the Skia open-source 2D graphics library and found by Google TAG

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