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10:30 PM ET, March 23, 2023

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter plans to wind down its legacy verified program and remove legacy verified checkmarks starting on April 1, 2023  —  The social network, which the mega-billionaire bought last year in a debt-heavy $44 billion deal, announced on Thursday that starting April 1, it will remove …
Erin Doherty / Axios:
As lawmakers ripped TikTok CEO Shou Chew in a congressional hearing on March 23, creators on the app defended the platform with the tag #tiktokhearing  —  It was a near-perfect split screen: As lawmakers ripped TikTok in a congressional hearing with the company's CEO on Thursday, the app's users took to the platform to defend it.
NPR:
NPR stops producing the Invisibilia, Louder Than a Riot, Rough Translation, and Everyone & Their Mom podcasts, and cuts 10% of staff to close a $30M+ budget gap  —  NPR moved this week to cut 10 percent of its staff and stop production of a trio of acclaimed seasonal podcasts - Invisibilia …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to spend $1B per year to produce movies for release in thousands of theaters, a big increase from years past, seeking to grow TV+ awareness  —  Apple Inc. plans to spend $1 billion a year to produce movies that will be released in theaters, according to people familiar …
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Giles Turner / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple considers bidding for the streaming rights to a range of English soccer games, including to show Premier League games in the UK, following Amazon
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Fox lawyers argue the company shouldn't be found liable in the Dominion case as the Murdochs and other executives were not directly involved in Fox News content  —  Lawyers for the company, which faces a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit, are pushing for a judge to rule in their favor before a trial.
Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution EIC Kevin Riley is retiring, to be succeeded by Leroy Chapman Jr., the first Black editor-in-chief in the outlet's 155-year history  —  Managing Editor Leroy Chapman to succeed Kevin Riley as editor-in-chief.  Riley announced retirement Thursday.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The FTC proposes banning difficult-to-cancel subscriptions via “click to cancel” rules requiring companies to make ending a subscription as simple as signing up  —  The US Federal Trade Commission is proposing a formal ban on subscriptions that are simple to start but difficult to stop.
Mark Jacob / Nieman Lab:
Journalism schools aren't interested in banning Fox News, despite the Dominion case appearing to reveal that the network committed a breach of journalism ethics  —  Fox News appears to have committed a gross breach of journalism ethics: intentionally lying to its audience about the 2020 election.
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Nathan Grayson / Washington Post:
Current and former Twitch staff describe how the service lost its way: out-of-touch leaders, losing big creators, cost cutting, many irrelevant ads, and more  —  The platform's recent moves have confused and upset creators, fans and staff alike  —  For Twitch, the live-streaming platform watched …
Cory Doctorow / Pluralistic:
Cory Doctorow plans to sell a third audiobook via Kickstarter after refusing to consent to Amazon's DRM for Audible, which gets 90%+ of genre audiobook sales  —  Red Team Blues is my next novel, a post-cyberpunk anti-finance finance thriller; it's a major title for my publishers Tor Books and Head of Zeus …
Sky News:
The BBC shelves its next Top Gear season after presenter Andrew Flintoff was injured in a December 2022 crash at the show's test track  —  The BBC is scrapping its latest Top Gear series after an investigation into an accident that injured presenter Andrew Flintoff.
 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN plans to launch The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, a 60 Minutes-style show, on April 16 at 8pm, as part of its plans for Sunday night premium programming
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TechCrunch:
Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

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