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9:10 AM ET, April 2, 2023

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Wall Street Journal:
A profile of Evan Gershkovich, the 31-year-old WSJ reporter detained by Russia whose parents fled the USSR for the US and who later made Moscow his second home  —  The Wall Street Journal correspondent, whose parents fled the Soviet Union, made Moscow a second home.
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Alyssa Lukpat / Wall Street Journal:
Top editors at 38 outlets globally sign a letter condemning the detention of The Wall Street Journal's Evan Gershkovich and calling for his immediate release  —  The editors condemned Mr. Gershkovich's detention in a letter to the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Tom Hals / Reuters:
The judge in the $1.6B Fox-Dominion case denies Fox's summary judgment motions and partially grants Dominion's motions ahead of the trial scheduled for April 17  —  A jury will decide whether Fox Corp (FOXA.O) defamed Dominion Voting Systems with false vote-rigging claims aired by Fox News …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Email: The White House will not pay for Twitter Blue for its staff; the White House and top officials' accounts like POTUS will likely maintain gray checkmarks  —  The White House will not pay to have its staff's official Twitter profiles continue to be verified, according to guidance issued to staffers via an email obtained by Axios.
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Drew Taylor / The Wrap:
CBS' 60 Minutes faces a backlash after promoting Lesley Stahl's interview of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, scheduled to be broadcast on April 2  —  The CBS news magazine profiles the congresswoman who questioned whether 9/11 happened and defended the events of Jan. 6 in an upcoming interview
Karl Rasmussen / Sports Illustrated:
Nielsen: the NCAA women's basketball tournament semifinals averaged 4.5M viewers on ESPN's platforms, the highest average on record for the Women's Final Four  —  The Women's Final Four captivated millions across the country on Friday evening, and the viewership numbers back it up.
New York Times:
After months of keeping some distance, Fox News hosts back Donald Trump, denouncing his indictment as “politically motivated persecution” and a cause for unrest  —  Despite recent criticism, the network's star personalities joined other leading conservatives in denouncing …
Associated Press:
Taliban close Sadai Banowan, Afghanistan's only women-run radio station, for playing music during Ramadan; the station started 10 years ago and has eight staff  —  A women-run radio station in Afghanistan's northeast has been shut down for playing music during the holy month of Ramadan, a Taliban official said Saturday.
Safi Bugel / The Guardian:
Gal-Dem, an outlet for women and non-binary POC, shuts down after eight years, citing the difficulty of sustaining growth via brand partnerships and memberships  —  After eight years of operation, staff statement blames financial challenge of running independent media outlet
 
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Mike Hume / Washington Post:
The Washington Post vows to continue covering gaming after its gaming vertical Launcher, which debuted on October 15, 2019, officially closes on March 31, 2023
Jeffrey Rousseau / GamesIndustry.biz:
Roblox plans to hide advertisements from users 13 and younger, after nonprofit Truth in Advertising filed an FTC complaint in April 2022 against the company
Alan Jones / AOL:
BBC journalists in England plan to stage a 24-hour strike on May 5 to coincide with the reporting of local election results, after a first walkout on March 15
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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
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's classical music app fixes the genre's main problem of search and discovery using metadata from Amsterdam-based Primephonic, which Apple acquired in 2021
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix restructures to make fewer but better movies and plans to combine its small and midsize film units; executives Lisa Nishimura and Ian Bricke are leaving
 

 
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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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