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1:00 PM ET, March 8, 2023


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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 …
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  —  Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch testified he gave Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner a preview in 2020 …
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”  —  Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox Corporation, sat for under oath questioning in the Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit …
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 …
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
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.
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
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  —  Documents obtained by a House panel shed light on the probe into Twitter's compliance with settlement
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 …
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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American Press Institute:
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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
David Pierce / The Verge:
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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn tells the White House she is dropping out after her nomination stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition and personal attacks
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with YouTube Global Head of Gaming Leo Olebe on the appeal of YouTube's exclusivity model and the growth of YouTube Gaming, which has 500M+ DAUs
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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
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