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5:50 PM ET, March 30, 2023


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: to comply with EU privacy rulings, Meta plans to let users opt out of some highly personalized ads via an online form that Meta must review and approve  —  Facebook, Instagram parent hopes plans to alter a privacy approach that would limit the impact from EU orders  —  Facebook's Top Posts Were Trash.
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 …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' handpicked board members overseeing Disney World's district say Disney set up covenants denying boards any power for decades  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA — Gov. Ron DeSantis' handpicked board overseeing Disney World's government services is gearing up for a potential legal battle …
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Observer's publisher says the 68-year-old outlet will keep publishing after staff crowdfund $300K+ and the board votes unanimously to rescind layoffs  —  The crusading liberal magazine had planned to lay off its staff after its nonprofit board voted to shut down.  But it reversed course on Wednesday.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Wordle, which The New York Times bought in January 2022, has seen its growth plateau, but still has more DAUs than the crossword puzzle, Spelling Bee, or Sudoku  —  Executive producer Zoe Bell explains how the paper is keeping the phenomenon going more than a year after acquiring it.
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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
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix's iOS app code suggests the company is planning to expand its video game service to TVs for the first time, letting players use phones as controllers
Jay Peters / The Verge:
The YES Network, which airs New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Liberty games, launches a streaming service for $24.99/month in its regional territory