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10:20 PM ET, March 27, 2023


 Top News: 
The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Observer, founded in 1954, is shutting down and laying off its 17 staff, including 13 journalists; employees' last day is scheduled for March 31  —  The 68-year-old progressive publication, which published Ronnie Dugger, Molly Ivins and Kaye Northcott, hit financial troubles …
The Verge:
Elon Musk says only verified accounts will appear in Twitter's For You tab and be able to vote in polls as a way to address “AI bot swarms”, starting April 15  —  Twitter users will need a “verified account” to get recommended on the platform's For You page starting on April 15th …
Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
Documents: Twitter keeps a list of ~35 users it monitors and boosts visibility, including Matt Yglesias, Glenn Greenwald, Ben Shapiro, AOC, and Joe Biden  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Demands from film talent and marketing drive Apple's and Amazon's embrace of theaters, where Apple plans to debut top movies at least a month ahead of Apple TV+  —  Did you watch the World Baseball Classic?  Did you know it happened?  The event, billed as the World Cup of baseball, is a huge hit beyond US shores.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Apple plans to release Martin Scorsese's next movie Killers of the Flower Moon in theaters in partnership with Paramount Pictures before its Apple TV+ debut  —  Apple is the latest streamer to discover that theaters are actually kind of useful.  Following a Bloomberg report last week …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Memo: Disney plans to start layoffs this week, the first of three rounds before the summer that will amount to 7,000 roles, as part of $5.5B in cost cutting  —  - Disney will begin informing employees this week that they're being laid off.  — This will be the first of three rounds of cuts that will amount to 7,000 job losses.
Samriddhi Sakunia / Rest of World:
After India's legal orders this week, Twitter blocked the tweets of 122 users, including reporters and politicians, from Indian users; it used to push back more  —  Last year, before Elon Musk took over as CEO, Twitter pushed back against such requests from the government.  —  • NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sarah Fitzpatrick / NBC News:
Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg files new claims about Fox lawyers' coercive coaching, staff's bias and unprofessional behavior, and Fox's retaliation  —  Abby Grossberg sued Fox last week, alleging she was coerced into giving misleading testimony about the network's election fraud coverage.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Grid News' website shuts down as owner The Messenger evaluates what to do with Grid's products and interviews Grid's staff for roles at The Messenger  —  The website for Grid News, the D.C.-based digital news startup that sold last week to Jimmy Finkelstein's new media startup The Messenger …
Isabella Simonetti / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CNN is finalizing a deal for Gayle King to host a weekly prime-time show; in March, CNN may hit its lowest monthly rating in decades for ages 25 to 54  —  Basketball commentator Charles Barkley also in mix as potential host  —  CNN is finalizing a deal for “CBS Mornings” …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snap names longtime Microsoft ad leader Rob Wilk as its president of Americas, as Snap restructures its ad team and rebuilds its ad platform after Apple's ATT  —  Rob Wilk named president of Americas following high-profile departures last year  —  Snapchat named Microsoft's longtime ad leader Rob Wilk …
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