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4:40 PM ET, February 4, 2023

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Erin Woo / The Information:
Internal messages: Twitter wants to charge brands $1,000 per month to keep their gold verification badges, plus $50 per month for each affiliated account  —  Twitter is likely to charge brands $1000 a month to keep their gold verification badge, plus $50 a month for each affiliated account …
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Erin Woo / The Information:
Source, document, and emails: PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch committed to $3M+ and $2.4M, respectively, for Twitter takeover ads before and during the Super Bowl  —  After weeks of turmoil and layoffs, Twitter's sales team in recent weeks has reorganized to focus more on big advertisers and launch …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Elon Musk says Twitter will start sharing revenue from reply-thread ads with users who pay for Twitter Blue, starting on February 3, but doesn't give details
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
A look at The Nation's refusal to retract a 2017 story saying the 2016 DNC email leak was an inside job, not a Russian hack, and its history of defending Russia  —  The Article the CJR Didn't Publish  —  Two and a half years ago, the Columbia Journalism Review refused to publish Duncan …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney explores licensing more films and TV series to rivals to earn more from its content library, a strategy shift from 2019 when Disney+ launched  —  Walt Disney Co. is exploring more licensing of its films and television series to rival media outlets as pressure grows to curb the losses in its streaming TV business.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is working with AI startups Jasper and Nota to help produce articles from its own content library and pitch journalists  —  Arena Group uses the technology to help produce Men's Journal pieces such as workout tips  —  The publisher of Sports Illustrated …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Hello Sunshine is closing its kids and animation business and will collaborate with CoComelon creator Moonbug on future kids and animation projects  —  EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Hello Sunshine is shuttering its kids and animation business as part of a strategic decision …
Peter Laufer / Inside Higher Ed:
Peter Laufer, a University of Oregon journalism professor, asks Gannett to donate Eugene's newspaper The Register-Guard to the university; Gannett declines  —  Travel with me to my not atypical college town, Eugene, Ore., where I'm privileged to labor as a professor at our vibrant University …
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
A judge dismisses a 2020 Trump campaign defamation suit against The Washington Post but gives the campaign a chance to revise its complaint within 30 days  —  A defamation lawsuit by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign against the Washington Post was dismissed by a federal judge.
Discussion: Insider and The Guardian
Kelsey Weekman / BuzzFeed News:
After YouTuber MrBeast made a video about paying for 1,000 blind people's eye surgery, critics raise questions about “stunt philanthropy” and “charity porn”  —  Is it stunt philanthropy or self-funded charity in the YouTube age?  —  A YouTuber just helped treat 1,000 people with blindness and low vision.
Jim Friedlich / Nieman Reports:
About two dozen current and prospective journalism funders and practitioners met to work on a roadmap for US local news, encouraging more funding collaborations  —  A gathering of current and prospective journalism funders and practitioners seeks to reinvent local news as civic information in service of communities
Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, the largest independent content provider to AVOD services, on finding undervalued shows, his business model, and more  —  By betting big, and early, on the potential of advertising-backed streaming, Danny Fisher has grown the firm …
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Jon Swartz / MarketWatch:
Alphabet reports Google advertising revenue down 4% YoY from $61.2B to $59B, below analyst estimates of $60.4B, and Google Search revenue down 2% YoY to $42.6B
 
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Kamran Haider / Bloomberg:
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocks Wikipedia in the country, saying the site failed to remove “sacrilegious” content within a 48-hour deadline
Emily Leedham / PressProgress:
Canada's Overstory Media Group, which presented itself as a local news savior and set a goal of hiring 250 journalists by 2023, has 22 journalists after layoffs
Discussion: Ricochet
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon reports content spending up 28% YoY to $16.6B in 2022, of which ~$7B went to originals, live sports, and licensed third-party content included with Prime
Discussion: TechCrunch and Deadline
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
The owners of 160+ local CBS affiliates pull their signals from FuboTV after its parent company Paramount excluded them from retransmission fee negotiations
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon reports Q4 advertising services revenue grew 19% YoY to $11.56B, vs. $11.38B est., and subscription services revenue grew 13% YoY to $9.19B
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian crypto exchange WazirX has “temporarily” paused trading activities days after it suspended customer withdrawals after losing ~$230M in a security breach

 
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