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4:30 AM ET, March 9, 2023


 Top News: 
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Court documents: in a deposition, Lachlan Murdoch said that Tucker Carlson's insinuation that immigrants make the US poorer and dirtier “is absolutely wrong”  —  Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox Corporation, sat for under oath questioning in the Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Spotify redesigns its app's core homescreen with album and playlist covers 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.
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 …
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.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS Sports plans to launch Golazo Network, a 24-hour free soccer streaming channel with analysis, highlights, broadcasts, and a morning program, on April 11  —  With big U.S. media companies scrambling for soccer rights, Paramount Global wants to kick things up a notch.
Joel Simon / Columbia Journalism Review:
As hostile governments and others make work and life tough for reporters, new tactics linking press freedom and the public interest can help protect journalism  —  b  —  Carlos Dada can't go home to El Salvador.  The editor of the groundbreaking digital website El Faro, which he co-founded in 1998 …
Nieman Lab:
Interviews with 37 US-based reporters, editors, and others show that newsrooms' social media policies have hard-to-follow rules that raise their personal risk  —  Social media platforms present a conundrum for journalists.  —  On the one hand, journalists rely on social media for so many helpful aspects of their jobs.
Rest of World:
A look at the growing social media dubbing industry, which is helping MrBeast and other YouTubers reach global audiences and monetize videos in many languages  —  MrBeast and PewDiePie are part of a booming business that localizes social media videos for fans around the world.
J.D. Capelouto / Semafor:
Senator Mitch McConnell says Fox News and Tucker Carlson depicting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as a peaceful protest “was a mistake”  —  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that it was a mistake for Fox News' Tucker Carlson …
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.
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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
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
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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
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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”
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch testified he gave a 2020 Biden campaign ad to Donald Trump adviser Jared Kushner; Fox says the ad was on YouTube and had run on public airwaves
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

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Made by Google on YouTube:
Livestream of the Made by Google 2023 event

Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
A US judge rejects the SEC's motion to file an interlocutory appeal against July 2023's Ripple ruling and sets an April 2024 trial date to resolve other issues

The Information:
Sources: Anthropic is in talks to raise $2B+ from Google and others, at a $20B to $30B valuation, and projects generating $200M in revenue by the end of 2023

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