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2:35 PM ET, March 8, 2023


 Top News: 
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  —  Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch testified he gave Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner a preview in 2020 …
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.
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  —  Hundreds of pages of testimony, private text messages and emails from top Fox News journalists and executives were made public Thursday …
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”
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 …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Rest of World Editor-in-Chief Anup Kaphle on his vision for the tech outlet, nonprofit status, 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 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Spotify redesigns the core homescreen of its app with a TikTok-like vertical scroll of albums, 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.
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.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
The Guardian, which withdrew from Apple News in the UK in 2017, plans to rejoin after the service added support for subscriptions and reader donations  —  The Guardian left the platform back in 2017 but has been drawn back by new sales opportunities.  —  The Guardian has decided to return …
Discussion: @wturvill
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
WaPo starts offering a subscription bundle with meditation app Headspace as it expands wellness coverage and targets readers beyond politics and news stories  —  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 …
Google plans to launch a ~$9.8M Taiwan News Digital Co-Prosperity Fund over the next three years to pay local publishers, hone their digital skills, and more  —  Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Wednesday it will launch a T$300 million ($9.8 million) fund over the next three years …
Discussion: The Keyword
Filing: Gannett had 11,200 employees as of December 31, 2022, down from 21,255 after its 2019 merger with GateHouse and 562 more than before the merger  —  A major leadership shakeup at Gannett, along with drastic cost-cutting and strategy shifts, underscores just how much pressure …
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Disney+ Hotstar India will lose HBO's catalog from March 31; analysts say Amazon may broaden its Warner Bros. partnership in India to stream more HBO content
Zachary Leeman / Mediaite:
R. L. Stine says Scholastic edited Goosebumps for potentially offensive material without his involvement and that the changes were “never shown” to him
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Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Amazon announces it will offer free access to the NFL's 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
Semafor draws criticism in the US for partnering with the Center for China and Globalization, a Chinese think tank that has obscured its close ties to the CCP
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google plans to retire overlay ads on YouTube videos starting on April 6 to “improve the viewer experience and shift engagement to higher performing ad formats”