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7:05 AM ET, March 31, 2023


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
[Thread] The New York Times and Los Angeles Times don't plan to buy Twitter Blue for their accounts; NYT, LAT, and BuzzFeed won't reimburse reporters for Blue  —  New: The New York Times says it is not planning to pay for Twitter verification: “We aren't planning to pay the monthly fee for verification of our institutional Twitter accounts,” a spokesperson tells me.
New York Times:
Document: Twitter plans to exempt its top 500 advertisers and 10K most-followed, previously verified organizations from paying $1,000 per month for a checkmark  —  Mr. Musk requested a meeting with Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., which has been investigating Twitter's privacy and data practices.
Alyssa Boyle / AdExchanger:
A new bipartisan Senate bill, almost identical to a 2022 bill, would force companies with $20B+ in annual digital ad revenue to sell part of their business  —  Say hello to the US government's latest attempt to force antitrust regulations on the digital advertising industry.  —  It might sound familiar.
BuzzFeed quietly started publishing fully AI-generated SEO-driven travel posts by non-editorial staff on March 14; a spokesperson calls the posts an experiment  —  Earlier this year, when BuzzFeed announced plans to start publishing AI-assisted content, its CEO Jonah Peretti promised the tech would be held to a high standard.
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
ESA cancels E3 2023, after Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Ubisoft announced they would not attend the event originally scheduled for June 13 to June 16  —  The show “did not garner the sustained interest necessary”  —  Almost a year after announcing its return, the Entertainment Software …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
YouTube adds Shorts data to its Total Reach metric for artists and says fan-created Shorts increased the average artist's unique viewers by 80%+ in January 2023  —  YouTube announced today that it is expanding its Analytics for Artists tool by adding YouTube Shorts related data to the ‘Total Reach’ metric …
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's standalone classical music app fixes the genre's biggest problem of search and discovery with better metadata created by Dutch company Primephonic  —  Forget the metaverse.  The future is metadata.  It's how the world's most valuable company built a better way of listening to Mozart and Beethoven.
Discussion: @whet, more at Techmeme »
Russia's Federal Security Service detains Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich on suspicion of “espionage in the interests of the American government”  —  Russia's Federal Security Service said it detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in Yekaterinburg …
Pathmatics: the top 10 advertisers on Twitter spent just $7.6M on ads in the past two months, down 89% from the $71M spent from September to October 2022  —  In the weeks after Elon Musk acquired Twitter Inc., hundreds of advertisers paused spending on the platform, wary of the changes …
Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch has a history of settling cases, having paid out ~$750M in the past 13 years, but sources say talks with Dominion in late 2022 broke down quickly
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix restructures to make fewer, but better, movies, and will combine its small and midsize film units; executives Lisa Nishimura and Ian Bricke are leaving  —  Netflix Inc. is restructuring its film group to make fewer movies each year and centralize decision-making, the company said Thursday.
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Faisal Mahmud / Al Jazeera:
Bangladeshi police arrest Prothom Alo correspondent Shamsuzzaman Shams under the Digital Security Act after he wrote about rising food prices in the country
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter details new API access tiers: Free with 1.5K tweets/month at app level, Basic for $100/month, and Enterprise; old APIs will stop working within 30 days
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney shrinks ABC News' executive team, cutting the jobs of multiple senior staff; source: Disney is expected to cut the news unit by 50 positions in total
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Microsoft is exploring expanding ads in Bing Chat and sharing the ad revenue with partners whose content contributed to the chat response
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Roku plans to cut 200 jobs, or ~6% of its workforce, and take a $30M to $35M charge, after laying off ~200 employees in November 2022