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12:25 PM ET, April 11, 2022


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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
AT&T's purchase of Time Warner was a money-losing failure for AT&T but a big win for HBO, which has topped peers FX, Showtime, and AMC Networks at streaming  —  AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner was a failure for the phone company, which spent $85 billion to acquire the media conglomerate …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Discovery takes control of HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros., forming Warner Bros. Discovery led by CEO David Zaslav and set to begin publicly trading on Monday  —  New York (CNN Business)Discovery's merger with WarnerMedia took effect on Friday afternoon, creating a streaming media giant led by CEO David Zaslav.
A look at AT&T's disastrous merger with WarnerMedia, an attempt to compete with big tech companies that cost tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs
Pranshu Verma / Washington Post:
A look at an international group of 1,300 librarians, historians, teachers, and children using open-source tools and Slack to back up Ukraine's digital archives  —  In early March, two weeks into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Carrie Pirmann stumbled upon a website dedicated to Ivan Mazepa …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Source: Apple will face an additional EU antitrust charge in the coming weeks, in an investigation into music streaming triggered by a complaint from Spotify  —  Apple (AAPL.O) faces an additional EU antitrust charge in the coming weeks in an investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify …
Brendan I. Koerner / @brendankoerner:
[Thread] A nonfiction writer chronicles the times his books and articles have been “ripped off” without attribution by podcasters and YouTubers  —  This podcast series is a shameless rip-off of my @TheAtlantic story from last April. No credit is given and the creator did zero original reporting. He even mispronounces the main character's name through all 8 episodes. (It's “kuh-SEE,” not “KEY-see.") 🧵
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix is rolling out a “two thumbs up” ratings option, which will appear next to the thumbs up and down buttons, to let it refine content recommendations  —  For nearly five years, Netflix has had simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons to express viewing preferences and help its algorithms provide better recommendations.
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
CNN+ launches on Roku in the US  —  CNN+ will now be available in the U.S. on top streaming platform Roku, the two companies announced Monday morning.  Roku users can now download the all-new CNN app through the Roku channel store, which will contain both the CNN+ subscription streaming service …
Washington Post:
Lachlan Murdoch, once seen as an ambivalent heir who kept his politics quiet, parroted Fox News' prime time opinion hosts during a March 29 speech in Sydney  —  Lachlan Murdoch's first major media moment was also his first public humiliation.  —  It was 2005, and the oldest son of Rupert Murdoch …
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PEN America:
US public schools banned 1,145 book titles between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022; 98% of the bans departed from guidelines meant to protect students' rights
Lynette Rice / Deadline:
Dancing with the Stars will debut exclusively on Disney+ this fall in the US and Canada after 16 years on ABC, becoming the first live series on the service
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bars Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years, due to his slapping of comedian Chris Rock on stage
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
With Russian state news channels blocked in Europe and restricted globally, Kremlin propaganda is being routed through Chinese officials and state media outlets
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times adds two reporters to its media desk: Ben Mullin, from The Wall Street Journal, and Jeremy Peters, from The New York Times' politics section
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Filing: Gannett CEO Mike Reed earned $7.74M in 2021, consisting of a $900K salary, a $767K bonus, and stock valued at $6M+; the median employee earns $48,419

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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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