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5:30 PM ET, March 31, 2023


 Top 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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Alyssa Lukpat / Wall Street Journal:
Top editors of 38 news organizations around the world sign a letter condemning the detention of WSJ'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.
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 …
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 …
Safi Bugel / The Guardian:
Gal-Dem, an outlet for women and non-binary POC, is closing after eight years, citing the difficulty of relying on partnerships and its membership model  —  After eight years of operation, staff statement blames financial challenge of running independent media outlet
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 …
Alyssa Boyle / AdExchanger:
A 2023 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.
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
Twitter launches its Verified Organizations program, which lets companies get a verified checkmark for $1,000/month and their affiliate accounts for $50/month  —  Verified Organizations is a new way for organizations and their affiliates to distinguish themselves on Twitter.
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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
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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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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