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10:25 AM ET, March 31, 2023


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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.
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 …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: crypto outlet The Block has laid off roughly one-third of staff, including interim CEO Bobby Moran, and promoted head of research Larry Cermak to CEO  —  The Block, a crypto media company that got caught up in a funding scandal related to disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried …
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
UCLA's Hollywood Diversity Report finds that among 2022's top 100 original streaming films, 64% had casts with at least 30% POC vs. 57% for theatrical films  —  The share of women and people of color in key positions on theatrical releases slide back to 2019 levels in latest annual report
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 …
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.
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
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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
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
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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
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

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple added a Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature in iOS 18 that lets users give Siri a new wake word, such as “hello, computer”

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

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