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5:15 PM ET, March 27, 2023


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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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Demands from films' talent and marketing drive Apple 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 it debuts on Apple TV+  —  Apple is the latest streamer to discover that theaters are actually kind of useful.  Following a Bloomberg report last week …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News fires Tucker Carlson producer Abby Grossberg after she alleged in court filings of being coerced into giving misleading testimony in the Dominion case
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
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 …
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  —  Synthetic Stories is an intriguing new podcast series created entirely by AI  —  In the first instalment of Synthetic Stories …
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
After a backlash, the UK's College of Policing withdraws its proposals that would have granted the police the option of not naming people charged with offences
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Alex Kingsbury / New York Times:
Q&A with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on the US' classified material system, why there are so few whistleblowers, and nuclear and climate fears
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Vince McMahon reimburses the WWE ~$17.4M for the company's costs of investigating misconduct claims against him and agrees to pay related future costs
Constant Méheut / New York Times:
A profile of Marina Ovsyannikova, the Russian journalist who was once a cog in Russia's propaganda machine but protested the war in Ukraine on live state-run TV
CT Jones / Rolling Stone:
A look at the impact on TV writers when streaming services cancel their shows and erase entire projects, some after filming was done, treated as tax write-offs
Sarah Larson / New Yorker:
A profile of Audie Cornish, the host of CNN podcast The Assignment, on her roots, her career as a journalist, NPR's culture, why she left the outlet, and more
Gary Price / LJ Infodocket:
A US federal judge rules in favor of four publishers in their copyright infringement case against the Internet Archive and its Controlled Digital Lending system

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

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