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12:00 PM ET, March 28, 2023


 Top News: 
The Verge:
Elon Musk says only verified accounts will be recommended in Twitter's For You tab and be able to vote in polls 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney eliminates its metaverse unit, cutting ~50 jobs, and ceases work on an Amazon Prime-like program integrating Disney+ and other Disney platforms  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  Mickey Mouse has left the metaverse.
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.
Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
Documents: Twitter closely monitors and boosts ~35 accounts including Matt Yglesias, Glenn Greenwald, Noah Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ben Shapiro, and @catturd2  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
A look at the decline of Gannett-owned The Salinas Californian, whose only original content comes from paid obits after its last reporter quit in December 2022  —  When brown water overflowed the banks of the Salinas River in January, flooding thousands of acres and throwing an untold number …
Lynette Rice / Deadline:
Paramount+ Chief Programming Officer Tanya Giles is leaving after 28 years at Paramount Global and its iterations; sources: there is no immediate replacement  —  EXCLUSIVE: More changes at Paramount+: Tanya Giles, the streaming platform's chief programming officer, is leaving after a combined 28 years …
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and @bergopolis
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Observer editors urge its board to reconsider its decision to shut down the magazine and started a GoFundMe drive to raise $200K in emergency funding  —  Journalists at the progressive publication expect to be laid off this week.  Relations between the board and senior staff have severely eroded.
The Daily Beast:
NYT managing editors Carolyn Ryan and Marc Lacey held “tongue-lashing” meetings and sent warning letters to ~20 staffers who criticized the NYT's trans coverage  —  Confider reveals this week that Times brass have hauled the staffers who signed an open letter criticizing the paper into …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack invites its newsletter writers to invest, along with others, aiming to raise $2M; source: the raise is an extension of Substack's $65M Series B in 2021  —  Substack, the newsletter platform, will open up a community fundraising round on Tuesday, allowing writers on the platform to invest in the company.
Aamna Mohdin / The Guardian:
Guardian owner Scott Trust apologizes for the role the newspaper's founders had in the slave trade and announces an expansion of reporting on Black communities  —  Scott Trust to invest in decade-long programme of restorative justice after academic research into newspaper's origins
Steve Herman / The Newsguy:
VOA's Steve Herman, who was suspended from Twitter and returned after withdrawing his appeal, explains Twitter's influence on journalists despite its many flaws  —  Journalists, including those who were suspended from the platform, accept the reality of the social media platform's still pervasive influence, despite its many flaws.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Digital media companies like BuzzFeed, Vice, and Vox, which focused on consolidation to counter Google and Meta, abandon rollups to focus on differentiation  —  - Digital media companies including BuzzFeed, Vice, Vox and Bustle Digital Group are sharpening their focus on core strengths.
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 …
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+
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Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
A look at the non-consensual deepfake porn economy, with video sites easily accessible via top Google search results and some accepting Visa and Mastercard
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
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
Fiona Sturges / Financial Times:
Audio content agency This Is Distorted launches Synthetic Stories, a podcast created in 24 hours using AI, including for the plot, music, artwork, and narration
 Earlier Picks: 
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A UK court temporarily bans news outlets from naming 73 Daily Mail journalists in a phone hacking case, after Associated Newspapers invoked the Human Rights Act
Max Tani / Semafor:
A document from 2016/2017: the Daily Caller News Foundation offered the opportunity to “propose topics for coverage” and news beats in exchange for donations
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