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4:55 PM ET, March 8, 2023


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
One example of messages in the massive Dominion-Fox document dump: on January 4, 2021, Tucker Carlson texted a producer about Trump: “I hate him passionately.”  —  A large cache of documents was released Tuesday as part of the $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed against Fox News by Dominion Voting System.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch testified he shared a 2020 Biden campaign ad with Trump adviser Jared Kushner; Fox says the ad was on YouTube and had run on public airwaves
NBC News:
A judge unseals hundreds of pages of testimony, text messages, and emails from top Fox News hosts, journalists, and executives in the Dominion lawsuit
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:   Court docs: in a deposition, Lachlan Murdoch said that Tucker Carlson's comments about immigrants making the US poorer and dirtier were “absolutely wrong”
David Pierce / The Verge:
Spotify redesigns its app's core homescreen with album and playlist covers above and a TikTok-like vertical scroll of playlists, video podcasts, and more  —  Spotify is redesigning the core homescreen of its app, trying to make it easier for users to find new stuff to listen to — and watch.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify revamps its podcaster tools to integrate podcast creation service Anchor, acquired in February 2019, and partners with Patreon for creator monetization
Discussion: The Verge and Spotify
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Rest of World Editor-in-Chief Anup Kaphle on his vision for the tech outlet, nonprofit benefits, sole benefactor Sophie Schmidt's involvement, and more  —  b  —  When it comes to technology coverage, many media outlets spend the bulk of their time paying attention to what happens …
J.D. Capelouto / Semafor:
Senator Mitch McConnell says Fox News and Tucker Carlson made a “mistake” in airing unreleased January 6 footage depicting the riots as a peaceful protest  —  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that it was a mistake for Fox News' Tucker Carlson …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: women accounted for 33% of protagonists in the top 100 grossing US domestic movies in 2022, up from 31% in 2021, and accounted for 37% of speaking roles  —  Viola Davis, Michelle Yeoh and Jenna Ortega may have topped the box office and won rave reviews in the likes of “The Woman King …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Pew Charitable Trusts plans to provide a $3M grant and transfer its Stateline news service to the nonprofit States Newsroom, whose headcount will grow to ~180  —  “State government is the level of government that impacts people's lives the most and is covered the least.”
Troy Smith / Axios:
Cleveland-based Futuri launches RadioGPT, which uses OpenAI's GPT-3 to write scripts for AI-created radio hosts based on online news sources and social media  —  The future of radio has arrived, and it's coming to you live from Cleveland. … - The platform then creates scripts for radio broadcasts …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Ex-Apple executive Larry Jackson launches Gamma to produce and release music, podcasts, and movies, sources say with ~$1B from Eldridge, Apple, A24, and others  —  Larry Jackson learned the record business from two of the most influential music moguls ever, Clive Davis and Jimmy Iovine.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
The Washington Post offers a subscription bundle with meditation app Headspace while expanding its wellness coverage to target readers beyond politics and news  —  The Washington Post began offering a subscription bundle this week with the meditation app Headspace.
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A US judge sentences YouTuber Bill Omar Carrasquillo to five and a half years and orders forfeiting $30M+ for selling pirated streaming TV for $15 per month  —  A local YouTube star who built a sizable following with slickly produced videos flaunting his fleet of luxury and sports cars …
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 More News: 
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Disney+ Hotstar India will lose HBO's catalog on March 31; analysts say Amazon may broaden its Warner Bros. partnership to stream more HBO content in India
Google plans to launch a ~$9.8M Taiwan News Digital Co-Prosperity Fund to pay local publishers over the next three years, hone their digital skills, and more
Discussion: The Keyword
Zachary Leeman / Mediaite:
R. L. Stine says Scholastic edited Goosebumps for potentially offensive material without him and that any changes the publisher made “were never shown to me”
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Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Amazon plans to offer free access to the NFL's first-ever Black Friday game, scheduled to stream exclusively on Prime Video on November 24 at 3pm ET
American Press Institute:
Study of nearly 6K Americans aged 16 to 40: 60% pay for or donate to news, including 47% for independent content and 22% for traditional sources like newspapers
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Documents: the FTC demanded Twitter turn over internal messages on Elon Musk, details about layoffs, and the names of journalists with access to company records